Springfield, Massachusetts— Springfield will celebrate Independence Day in its traditional style which includes patriotism and pyrotechnics to make for a Star Spangled Springfield.
On Wednesday, June 14, 2023, at 11:00am, the Spirit of Springfield will announce all of the details and sponsors. The announcement will be held in Riverfront Park where the festivities will be held on July 4, 2023. Spirit of Springfield President Judy Matt, will be joined by Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, MassMutual’s Dennis Duquette who serves as Head of Community Responsibility, Jeff Guyott, East Longmeadow Branch Manager for Key Bank, Springfield Fire Commissioner B. J. Calvi, Springfield Police Superintendent Cheryl Clapprood, Patrick Leonardo, Regional Manager for American Medical Response (AMR), sponsors and supporters.
“Independence Day unites Americans in celebration of and thanks for the freedoms we all hold dear,” said Dennis Duquette, Head of Community Responsibility at MassMutual. “MassMutual is happy to support the Spirit of Springfield again this year and help bring a truly great July 4th celebration to Springfield and the region.”
Star Spangled Springfield, sponsored by MassMutual, will be held in Riverfront Park from 6pm to 10pm on Tuesday, July 4, 2023. From 6pm to 8pm, there will be face painters and balloon artists. At 7pm, there will be welcoming remarks with the National Anthem performed by Vanessa Ford. Union Jack, a 60’s music British tribute band sponsored by Key Bank, will take to the stage at 7:15pm. At 9:30pm, all eyes will be on the skies as Fireworks by Grucci brings their pyrotechnic wizardry to Springfield. The fireworks will dance to music broadcast on Mix 93.1FM and in Riverfront Park. Food and beverages will be available in the park from 6pm to 9:30pm. They include Batch Ice Cream, Elegant Affairs with hamburgers, hot dogs, rice with pork and beans, sausage and pepper grinders, water, soda, beer, wine, and more.
In addition to MassMutual and Key Bank, Star Spangled Springfield is supported by 90 Meat Outlet, American Medical Response (AMR), Charlie Arment Trucking, Elegant Affairs, iHeart Media, Joseph Freedman Company, MassLive, MGM Springfield, Michael’s Party Rentals, Quality Beverage, Republic Services, Sheraton Springfield, Springfield Parking Authority, The Republican, WWLP-22News, and the City of Springfield.
“Star Spangled Springfield festivities will be focused in Riverfront Park, but so many more will enjoy the fireworks as they are launched high in the sky from the Memorial Bridge,” said Spirit of Springfield President Judy Matt. “We are grateful for generous support we receive so we can carry on the Independence Day tradition and celebrate our country’s freedoms.”
For the public’s safety, officials will be enforcing no alcohol, no smoking, no pets, no bicycles, no skateboards, no roller blades, no drones, no sparklers, and no fireworks in and around Riverfront Park.
Union Jack features the look and sounds of the 1960’s British Invasion era and beyond. They will perform everything from The Beatles to the Rolling Stones, Kinks, Dave Clark Five, Hollies, Searchers, and many others. Formed in 1979, Union Jack was one of Western Mass’ original tribute bands. After years of performing with other bands, Union Jack’s members reformed in 2002.
The Spirit of Springfield has been presenting the Independence Day festivities since 1991. For more information about Star Spangled Springfield, visit spiritofspringfield.org or contact the Spirit of Springfield at 413-733-3800.
NOTE: Please access Riverfront Park north of the State Street entrance by using the road that goes under the train tracks. It is the first right after the Memorial Bridge. The crossing at the State Street entrance will be closed.