SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The Spirit of Springfield has been entertaining Western Mass and lighting up the July 4th sky for more than twenty years. But this year, they’re hoping to out-do themselves.
“I think we have as good a display as certainly anybody in the state, probably outside of Boston,” says Spirit of Springfield President Judy Matt. “We have an incredible display and we wouldn’t do the fireworks without the Gruccis because they do such a great job.”
At 11 p.m. Wednesday, the pyrotechnics crew from Fireworks by Grucci will shut down the Memorial Bridge and wire thousands of shells until their big display at 9:30 p.m. Thursday. But, the Spirit of Springfield promises there will be plenty to see before the grand finale — like 150 kids performing in Dan Kane’s Rising Stars and a little group called the Commodores.
“If you like Mo-town, there’s none better,” says Matt. “And the youth from the Dan Kane singers — it’s just all about Americana tomorrow night, and it’s just a great program.”
Matt suggests getting there early, because Riverfront Park fills up fast. She says it also wouldn’t hurt to bring a chair.
“We’re expecting greater crowds coming in, especially now that we have the Commodores coming,” says Matt. “It’s going to be a spectacular weather day, so when you have good weather, people come down early and we encourage people to bring a lunch or a picnic, but bring your lawn chairs if you’re going to watch the Commodores — or a blanket, or whatever makes you comfortable.”
Matt adds, “There will be no seating other than what you bring.”
Star Spangled Springfield is a free event, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m.