LIFESTYLE 4 Greater Rochester - 2022 Community Guide

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City of Rochester The City of Rochester was the first settlement in Oakland County when it was established in 1817. It is a city of great beauty featuring municipal parks, winding nature trails and nearby waterways. Rochester’s history is closely tied to the Clinton River and Paint Creek. Both tributaries provided the water power that made Rochester an early industrial center.


Although those days are long past, these waterways still benefit city residents with fly fishing for trout, canoeing and kayaking and scenic bike rides. Rochester is home to Michigan’s largest Christmas parade, which is broadcast on local Detroit television. The city also hosts the “Big Bright Light Show” for the Christmas season. The Show is a display of more than a million light bulbs on Main Street buildings that draws thousands of sightseers from all over the Metro Detroit area each night during the month of December.