People gathering early for this year’s Star Spangled Springfield

Published: Jul. 4, 2022 at 4:19 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 4, 2022 at 6:10 PM EDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) - It is going to be a beautiful night for some fireworks in the city of Springfield.

People started staking out their spots early for Monday night’s Star Spangled Springfield event.

The Springfield community and surrounding areas will gather at Riverfront Park for the Fourth of July event.

There will be live music, activities for the kids like face painting, plenty of food vendors, and of course, fireworks.

Organizers expect a huge crowd with hundreds of people and have implemented some protocols at Riverfront Park to keep people safe.

“Tonight in the park, we’re not allowing bicycles, dogs, scooters,” Spirit of Springfield President Judy Matt told us. “In this kind of crowd, we can’t have people driving through, and so, we’re stopping everybody outside and they’re all understanding and they’re tying their bikes up.”

People we caught up with were excited this event is finally happening in full force after being put on pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m just glad it’s back,” said Patricia Converse. “I missed it last year.”

Last year, the fireworks display went on, but the big event was not able to happen.

The park already started filling up in the afternoon with people staking out their spots to get the best view of the fireworks which start at 9:30 p.m. Events for the whole family starting as early as 6 p.m.