Celebrate Independence Day with Pops on the Rock: A Salute to the Armed Forces
July 4th at 7:30 pm
What is Pops on the Rock?
Every year on the 4th of July, thousands of locals and visitors gather together at Riverside Park, on the bank of the Rock River, to celebrate the America’s independence.
Pops on the Rock is a special concert performed by the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Dr. Rob Tomaro. The concert is a salute our servicemen and women and celebrates the anniversary of our nation’s independence.
Pops on the Rock is a night of breathtaking performances, courtesy of the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra. The event is free of charge and open to all!
The event kicks off with patriotic orchestra music, after which Pops on the Rock brings you a splendid display of fireworks. Sparklers, Bottle Rockets, Firecrackers and more light up the evening sky in a burst of colors!
Relaxing by the river, enjoying the live music, and witnessing spectacular fireworks sets the perfect ambience to enjoy some soul food with friends and family. Luckily, various food vendors are present at the location to cater to your taste buds. You are welcome to bring your own food as well, however, alcohol is not allowed.
What Are Other Activities at Pops on the Rock?
This year, there will be a special “Welcome Home” ceremony honoring the veterans from Vietnam. Lori Luther, Beloit City Manager, will introduce the ceremony. BJSO will play It’s Been a Long, Long Time as retired Rock County Chief Judge James Daley, who served as Brigadier General in the Wisconsin Army National Guard, along with Tom Nightingale, a Marine veteran of Vietnam service, and James Akbar, an Army vet, who served in Vietnam, hand out the medallions.
In addition, attendees can also rent kayaks, paddle boats and tandem bicycles at the park. There are also a variety of food and beverage vendors to enjoy beginning at 4:30 pm. Picnic tables are on site, but many people bring their own chairs and/or blankets.
What Kind of Music is Played?
Last year, classic favorites such as, The Armed Forces Salute, Simple Gifts (arranged by Dr. Crawford Gates), and Sousa’s Stars & Stripes Forever will be complemented by three movements from John Williams’ Star Wars. Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture ends the concert.
Do come by with friends and family members (children will love the show too) to express some good ol’ American pride and experience wonderful music, great food, and of course, fireworks! Bring some lawn chairs or picnic blankets to make the most of this enjoyable evening.