SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — For many throughout the country, a slow economy has pushed Fourth of July celebrations to the back burner, but fortunately, that’s not the case in Springfield.
For the 22nd consecutive year, the Spirit of Springfield will host Star Spangled Springfield, and this year’s event could be bigger than ever.
Star Spangled Springfield 2013 will take place at downtown’s Riverfront Park and joining the evening’s celebrations are a few more stars.
Thursday, MGM Springfield announced that they are bringing The Commodores to perform. The trio will be taking the stage for a free concert sponsored by company.
“We all love them. They span the generation with their music. We were really excited and they were thrilled to be asked ,” said Kelley Tucky, Vice President of Community Relations and Public Affairs for MGM Resorts International.
Last month, it was Pitbull’s performance at the MassMutual Center and today’s announcement of the Commodores performing at Star Spangled Springfield is just one more example of MGM’s commitment to bring world class entertainment to Western Massachusetts.
“We are the entertainment capital of Las Vegas and we would love to make entertainment available to Springfield so this is part of that commitment,” commented Tucky.
MGM has had a massive presence with the Spirit of Springfield organization, but as Judy Matt says it’s always with awareness for the communities traditions in mind.
“A couple of weeks ago, they said how would you feel about it and I said fine. We’d be thrilled to do it, so they didn’t step on the program at all. They’re embracing it. We have the Dan Kane Singers and they’re going to be the opening act and they couldn’t be more excited, so I think it’s going to work well,” Matt explained.
And while safety may be a concern for some, especially with the 100,000 people that Star Spangled Springfield draws, Mayor Sarno says it’s not a concern.
“We’re an urban center, and like many other urban centers across America, we have our challenges, but there is so much good that outnumbers the negative challenges that we have to deal with,” Sarno adds. “This is a great event.”
A proven great event that might just be a little better this year.
Those planning to attend are encouraged to get to the Star Spangled Springfield festivities early. The program will start at 6:30 p.m. with The Commodores taking the stage at approximately 8 p.m.
The Grucci Bros. fireworks will follow promptly at 9:30 p.m.