51st Annual Start of Summer Celebration!

Rockford Start of Summer Celebration
June 13-16, 2019

2019 Start of Summer Sponsorship Opportunities

2019 Parade Application

2019 Crafters Application

2019 Food Vendor Application


  • 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! Find the application above.

  • Kids-for-Kids Race  – Sunday, June 16th, 1:00 PM

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. Further information on purchasing dates and pricing will be available soon!

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?

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