SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The City of Springfield will be celebrating Independence Day with a fireworks event at Riverfront Park.

Spirit of Springfield President Judy Matt were joined with Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood, Springfield Fire Commissioner B. J. Calvi, Springfield Commissioner for Health and Human Services Helen Caulton Harris, Patrick Sullivan, Executive Director of Springfield Department of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management, MassMutual’s Dennis Duquette who serves as Head of Community Responsibility, and Spirit of Springfield Board Members, Attorney Melinda Phelps, Chair, and Kathy Tobin, Clerk, for the official announcement at 1 p.m. from Riverfront Park on West Columbus Ave/Hall of Fame Ave in Springfield.

Independence Day at Riverfront Park in Springfield

Festivities begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 4th. Maxxtone, will perform live at 7 p.m. followed by Fireworks by Grucci pyrotechnic wizardry at 9:30 p.m.

  • Musical performances
  • Face painters
  • Balloon artists
  • Food vendors
  • Splash pad

The fireworks are launched from the Memorial Bride with music broadcasted in Riverfront Park and on Mix 93.1FM. 

“We are grateful to have the opportunity to present the Independence Day festivities.  We all need to be with our family, friends, and neighbors, and feel a part of this great community,” said Judy Matt.  “The Spirit of Springfield is also grateful for the support from MassMutual, our partnership with the City of Springfield, and the contributions from so many others that make July 4th Spangled Springfield.” 

“It’s time,” said Mayor Sarno.  “Much as we did only weeks after the devastating EF-3 Tornado of June 1, 2011, our 4th of July fireworks display showed the resiliency, hope, faith, and strength of our residents and business community of Springfield.  Many thanks to the Spirit of Springfield President Judy Matt, all our generous benefactors, especially MassMutual and my City Departments. Again, it’s time to move forward in a smart way as we defeat this COVID-19. You can’t put a price tag on the morale boost this will give our Springfield and Western Massachusetts.”

Star Spangled Springfield has celebrated 4th of July since 1991 and has been sponsored by MassMutual since 2006. It is also made possible with support from WWLP-22News, iHeart Radio (Mix 93.1 FM), MassLive, and The Republican. Donors include 90 Meat Outlet/Armata’s, Charlie Arment Trucking, Elegant Affairs, H. P. Hood, Michael’s Party Rentals, Republic Services, Springfield Water and Sewer Commission, United Tractor Trailer School, City of Springfield, and many others. 

“For over a decade, we have been a proud sponsor of Springfield’s Fourth of July festivities,” said Dennis Duquette, Head of Community Responsibility at MassMutual. “We are excited that this world-class event is returning to our home city so that the community and families from across the region can enjoy this spectacular celebration.”

The fireworks were not held in 2020, as public gatherings were prohibited under COVID-19 guidelines. The fireworks were originally going to be rescheduled this year to a later date but the recent reopening changes in the state will now allowing them to happen in July.