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Rockford Celebrates Its Own Holiday

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For many, Monday is just another day.  But, in the 815 area code, Aug. 15th marks the inaugural Rockford Day.

Locals flocked to the downtown area to check out musical entertainment, food, and even some special discounts from nearby businesses.

Mayor Larry Morrissey officially announced that August 15th will be Rockford Day.  It’s a day to commemorate all of the places and activities that can be found in the Forest City.

“We’ve had a lot of great community partners; over 70 businesses in Rockford and the Rockford area that are helping us to celebrate today everything that is Rockford, Illinois, and our great pride and belief in the community,” Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey (I).

The date for Rockford Day was symbolic of its 815 area code and they’re even taking it a step further with some special deals at various stores.

Some even opened up specifically for the holiday.

“Normally, we’re closed on Mondays,” said Dave Armstrong of the Downtown Barbers Shave Club.  “[We] heard about the big event and decided to open our doors and be down here to welcome in the community and let them know we’re here and enjoy the rest of the things that are going on in downtown.”

But, the fun doesn’t stop there as Transform Rockford hosted an 815 Lunch Live event, featuring various food vendors and live music downtown.  The theme was fittingly, “Rock the Rock.”

“We are all aware of the issues and problems,” said Transform Rockford’s David Lickteig.  “Let’s take some time and remind ourselves how many good things we’ve got going on too.’

“It’s nice to have a holiday that’s all our own,” said Morrissey.  “One that we can celebrate in our community and hopefully be around for a long time.”

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