SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Thursday is the Fourth of July and Springfield is celebrating in traditional style with the annual Star Spangled Springfield, a world-class fireworks show and family event.

Since 1991, the Spirit of Springfield has made the 4th of July a memorable day in the city. There’s an evening of entertainment and fun for the whole family, with fireworks launching from the Memorial Bridge, visible for miles around.

Don’t be fooled by the sheer beauty of the fireworks; there are many moving parts and people who make this event look seamless and flawless each year. Spirit of Springfield President Judy Matt told 22News that crews will be working around the clock until showtime on Thursday night.

Chief pyrotechnician Dave VanBuskirk told 22News that this year’s show has many surprises in store.

“They’ve added a few things to it from last year, it should be a really good show,” VanBuskirk said. He added that putting the show together is a team effort between pyrotechnicians, Springfield DPW staff and others. “There’s a lot that goes into putting it together, it’s not just pushing buttons.”

For those planning to attend the festivities, which are free, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Festivities at Riverfront Park begin at 6:00 PM, fireworks go off at 9:30 PM
  • The Memorial Bridge is closed to all traffic and will remain so until 11:00 p.m. Thursday evening.
  • Springfield Police will be diverting traffic in and around the Memorial Bridge/Riverfront Park area Thursday evening.
  • Exits 5A and 5B of I-91 South and Exit 5 of I-91 North will close around 7 p.m.

22News is proud to be a supporter of Star Spangled Springfield and our very own Jack Wu from the 22News Storm Team will be hosting this year’s festivities.