On a day meant to celebrate the 815 area, residents don't disappoint when celebrating their favorite things about the Rock River Valley.

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Rockford and fellow 815 cities and towns are celebrating August 15th, otherwise known as 815 Day. I dared to seek out what Rockfordians had to say about their favorite things in and around the screw city. I was pleasantly surprised by the positive responses and felt obliged to share their answers with you.

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    Instagram via @monaolsen63

    Octane InterLounge

    Great drinks, great food, great atmosphere.

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    Michelle, Townsquare Media

    Rockford Icehogs

    You can always count on a fun night in downtown Rockford with the Icehogs. You never know who you will see at the gam.

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    Google Streetview

    Coronado Performing Arts Center

    Specifically, comedy shows were chosen as Kim P.'s favorite thing about the 815, but all the great entertainment at CPAC is worthy of mention.

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    NiseriN, ThinkStock

    Area Golf Courses

    The 815 is a golf lover's paradise. There are so many great courses for all levels of play - it's hard to choose just one.

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    Lino's / Google Street View


    Going to Lino's and not ordering the special salad may not be against the law, but it should be.

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    Mandy James, TSM

    Woodfire Pizza

    If you haven't tried this downtown delicacy you're truly missing out. It's perfect for a date night.

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    Townsquare media


    There are plenty of carnivals and festivals to enjoy all over the 815. It's one of the most anticipated seasons of the year with fun, food, and music.

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    Rockford Park District

    Parks, paths, wildlife, and beauty. Four words to accurately describe all the parks throughout Rockford.

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    Rob Carroll, Townsquare Media

    Anderson Japanese Gardens

    Whether going for a walk, witnessing a wedding ceremony, or grabbing lunch, few places can compare to the scenery at Anderson Japanese Gardens.

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    Purdymaryk via Instagram

    Beef-A-Roo Cheddar Fries

    Anytime someone new visits Rockford they shouldn't leave without having some cheddar fries from Beef-A-Roo. In fact, those fries are often the most missed thing by people that relocate.

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    Getty Images

    Stockholm Inn

    Since we're on the subject of food, let's not forget about those Swedish pancakes at Stockholm Inn!

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    Rob Carroll|Townsquare Media

    Rockford City Market

    This is the seasonal event of the year - there's no doubt Rockford's downtown is a must-see each Friday night throughout the spring, summer, and fall.

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    Townsquare Media

    Rockford Art Deli

    Another popular downtown Rockford shop is Rockford Art Deli. From the special one-day-only prints to outerwear repping the 815, you're not a true Rockfordian if you haven't shopped there.

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    JMK Nippon

    JMK Nippon is another must-try for tourists and newbies. Definitely a Rockford favorite.

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    Juesin Sullivan . Getty Images

    Service Men & Women and Rockford's First Responders

    We would be remiss if we didn't acknowledge the hard work and dedication by first responders around the 815 and all over the world - especially the men and women of our military.

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