There is a lot details about this picture I really find interesting. First, the fact that Rockford was holding July 4th parades in the 1890’s was a sign that Rockford was a thriving community able to have leisure time. Second, if you look closely in the upper left corner of the picture you can see the old bridge. The overall height of the float is impressive, I would estimate it is almost 20 ft tall. Picture courtesy of RAHS.