SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — For the 28th year, the Spirit of Springfield hosted thousands for a Fourth of July celebration along the Connecticut River.
Fireworks light up the sky over Springfield tonight.
“We enjoy it every year. We like to see the fireworks and my kids love it,” says Jesus Nater of Springfield.
No shortage of red, white and blue on the Riverfront, as spectators arrived early on armed with coolers, chairs and more, to take part in Star Spangled Springfield.
“It’s awesome. Every year, it gets better and better.”
This year, a special guest hit the stage. Legendary Motown band, The Commodores, got the crowd moving during their performance along the banks of the river.
Dina Roberston notes, “It’s really good. Springfield gets to get out and enjoy ourselves,”
But for some, it’s still all about the local talent.
Michael Matmunn and his wife watched on their son perform with the Dan Kane singers. “We’re really proud, my wife and I,” he says.
Even with all the entertainment, the holiday’s true meaning is still embraced.
Nater adds, “It’s good because we are celebrating our Independence Day.”