Why you'd want to live in Rockford
Summer begins with a bang in Rockford. When school lets out, the Start of Summer Celebration begins! The streets of downtown Rockford are transformed into carnival grounds, complete with rides, vendors, performances, and a fireworks show. On any regular summer day in Rockford, you may see fishermen casting their lines at the Rockford Dam, couples kayaking down the Rogue River, or families biking the White Pine Trail, which runs right through the heart of downtown. The summer Sidewalk Sale attracts shoppers from all over Grand Rapids looking to find a deal on high-end boutique clothing or artisan crafts. Rockford’s Famer's Market—voted America's favorite in 2011—takes place every Saturday morning May through October. Fresh produce of all kinds, flowers, honey, bread, and lots more make it the perfect place to pick up your regular groceries or even indulge in something special. While you're shopping, don't forget to stop by Rocky's for ice cream, it's a city favorite! Rockford is bustling with activity in the summer, but there's plenty to do in the winter months as well. The Santa Parade is a well-attended event which welcomes the Christmas spirit to Rockford. Trees lining the streets and along the dam are lit up with lights, and Christmas tunes play quietly from the lampposts. Winter is the perfect time to take a stroll through downtown and window-shop. If you have kids, you know kids, or you feel like a kid yourself, check out Aunt Candy's Toy Company, (but give yourself plenty of time, there is a lot to look at!) Then, step into a local restaurant, like Ramona's Table or Marinades Pizza for something to eat, or grab a cup of coffee from Sweetland Chocolates & Coffee to warm up. Or, if you're feeling especially adventurous, you can sign up for the Sweetheart Splash and take an icy plunge into the river for your valentine. Summer, fall, winter, spring—whatever the season, there's always plenty to do and see in the city of Rockford, MI!