Whether you are a little one itching to decorate your bike in red, white and blue, a parent willing to run along side, or a Rockford resident or guest who loves a parade and patriotism, plan on heading to downtown Rockford on Saturday, July 4, for the third annual Children’s Bike Parade. Festivities kick off with a 1:30 p.m. registration and line-up in the South Squires Street parking lot. The parade is open to those 12 and under; bikes, strollers and big wheels are welcome. Parents and families are encouraged to attend/assist children as needed. All children will receive a small parade gift for participating, plus three prizes will be awarded for “best dressed bikes.” At 2 p.m., Rockford Police will lead participants along the parade route (north on the White Pine Trail to Squires Street Square and back). Also included in the festivities is a Bubble Gum Contest, held at The Sweet Tooth on East Bridge Street. The parade is sponsored by the HEART of Rockford Business Association members with special assistance offered by Aunt Candy’s Toy Company, Gumballs and Overalls, A Charmed Life Nail Salon, J.T. Stitchery and Frame Shop, and Rudy Kazoody’s.