SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The annual Fourth of July celebrations kicked off in Springfield Thursday evening.
Thousands of people made their way to the newly renovated Riverfront Park to celebrate America’s birthday. The fireworks marked the end of the Star-Spangled Springfield Fourth of July celebrations downtown.
The celebration started at 6 p.m. Last year, the festivities were held at Blunt Park while renovations were being made to Riverfront Park.
Fireworks began at 9:30 p.m. Before the fireworks there was a ceremony to remember those who lost their lives fighting for this country.
Springfield Mayor Dominic Sarno also said a few words to the audience.
Many of course said that they came for the fireworks, but to also take a look at Riverfront Park and see the changes that had been made in the past year and a half.
Before those fireworks there was a flyover of jets from the Barnes Air National Guard Base at around 7 p.m.