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New 'Fireworks at the Park' Event to Take Place July 2 Downtown

The Fourth of July holiday is a major family event, and this year, families in the Ozarks will have a new option on how to celebrate their patriotism. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has details.

Reporter Standup: “Right now, I’m standing on the bright green turf of the outfield at Hammons Field, and I have to say the view of the stadium from this perspective is pretty incredible. The American flag is flying right behind me, the stadium lights are surrounding me. And members of the public will actually get to have this view for themselves at the new “Fireworks at the Field” event, which will take place Saturday, July 2nd, just two days before Independence Day. Members of the public are going to be allowed onto the outfield with their blankets, from which point they can enjoy the fireworks show.”“I think Hammons Field has really become synonymous with families and fireworks, and it’s just such a neat partnership that we could bring together, to really tie in all of downtown. So I’m really honored to be a partner with everyone who’s involved here,” he said.Matt Gifford is the manager of the Springfield Cardinals. The Cardinals, along with the Urban Districts Alliance, Cox Health and several other partners, are teaming up for the event.The day will include live music, inflatables for kids, arts and crafts at the Creamery Arts Center, ice skating at the Mediacom Ice Park, and entry to the Discovery Center.“Fireworks at the Field” will be free for kids younger than five. For those five and older, stickers are five dollars per person and will go on sale at all Springfield Price Cutter supermarkets, including the downtown Bistro Market. Stickers bought the day of the event will be seven dollars.Organizers say they expect 20,000 people to pack the ball park, and at least another 20,000 to watch from outside the stadium.

For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Moore.

ANCHOR TAG: The event will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 2. For more information, you can visit www.itsalldowntown.com.