Star-Spangled Springfield to be back at Riverfront Park


SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – Now that renovations at Riverfront Park have been completed, Springfield’s Fourth of July fireworks will be back at their original home this year.

Thousands of people are expected to fill the park, to enjoy the fireworks and other festivities for the Fourth of July.

The show was held at Blunt Park last year while the renovations on Riverfront Park were being done.

Springfield resident Victoria Mann is one of many of city residents who are happy the show is back at its original home.

“Everyone’s really happy about it, everyone I work with is excited that it’s back here and it’s a beautiful place to be,” Mann said.

Thursday’s Festivities kick off at 6:00 p.m. and the Grucci Brothers fireworks extravaganza will begin at 9:30 p.m.

David Van Burskik has been the chief pyrotechnician for the Springfield fireworks for the past 21 years. His team from Grucci Brothers Fireworks have been setting up on the Memorial Bridge since late Wednesday night.

He said he’s impressed with how much the park and the city has changed in the past year.

“The footprint has changed so much, the casino was lit up nice last night it looked really cool. The changes are mind-blowing in a short amount of time it’s changed quite a bit,” Van Burskik said.

The bridge will remain closed till 12:30 friday morning.

Spirit of Springfield President Judy Matt told 22News, the presence of Springfield’s 9-11 monument at Riverfront Park will help heighten the emotion of Springfield’s annual salute to America’s birthday.

Thursday’s fireworks are expected to last about a half an hour and Van Burskik said they’re saving the best for last in this years display.

“We want to make the finale the best, I think that’s what makes the show. The grand finale will be really really good,” Van Burskik said.

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