51st Annual Start of Summer Celebration!

Rockford Start of Summer Celebration
June 13-16, 2019

2019 Start of Summer Brochure


Start of Summer Celebration will feature a parade, carnival rides, food, crafts, music, beer tents, live entertainment and family fun.

“It is a great way to celebrate the end of the school year and the beginning of summer,” said Polly Von Eschen, SOS Committee Chairperson. “We like thanking the community for all their support of downtown businesses throughout the year. It is always a lot of fun. We love seeing people come into town and enjoy all of the wonderful things going on.”

We can’t wait for the Start of Summer, how about you?

A special Community Night will take place on Thursday, June 13th. The Community Night offers a special rate for Rockford residents on the carnival opening a day. It is a way for the City to thank its residents for a great year. Those residents (who pay City of Rockford taxes) qualify for wristbands. Tickets are $15 for City residents. You can purchase tickets at Rockford City Hall on Wednesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 13 from 8am – 5pm.

  • Movie on the Rogue – Friday, June 14th, 10:00 PM
    Showing the original Mary Poppins
  • Start of Summer Parade – Saturday, June 15th, 11:00 AM
    Another fun-filled event that features plenty of thrills and enjoyment for the entire family! With over 100 entries this year, everyone is sure to have a fun time at the parade!
  • Kids-for-Kids Race  – Sunday, June 16th, 1:00 PM

Follow along with our Facebook event page for more details and updates!

Thank you to this years sponsors for making this event possible!

Fireworks Sponsors:

Juggling Act Sponsored by Polly’s Passions
Family Talent Show Sponsored by Rogue River Tavern
Karaoke Party Sponsored by ChoiceOne Bank
Mime Time Sponsored by Rockford Floor Covering
Live Band Sponsored by:

Golf Cart Sponsored by Bridge Street Burger Shack
Banner Sponsor: Lidral Orthodontics

Children’s Tent Sponsors:

  • ChiroHealth Rockford
  • Herreman’s Orthodontics
  • Mercy Health Rockford Urgent Care
  • Nugent Builders
  • Rockford Self Storage
  • The White Insurance Agency
  • United Bank of MI
  • WAR Chest Boutique

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