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SPRINGFIELDIn preparation for Star Spangled Springfield on July 4, the Springfield Police Department will be detouring traffic in and around the area of the Memorial Bridge and Riverfront Park where festivities will be held.

On July 3, at 11 p.m., the Memorial Bridge will close to all traffic, vehicular and pedestrian, to allow for the set-up of the Star Spangled Springfield fireworks display. The bridge will open around 11p.m. on July 4.

On July 4, around 7:30 p.m., the Springfield Police Department will begin to close roads in the vicinity of the Memorial Bridge in anticipation of the 9:30 p.m. fireworks display.  Massachusetts State Police will close Exit 5 (formerly Exit 7) off of I-91 South as needed. Pedestrians will be restricted from sitting on I-91 Exit Ramps.

For public safety, the Springfield Police Department will enforce no bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, pets, alcohol, fireworks, sparklers, and drones in and around Riverfront Park.

Star Spangled Springfield, presented by the Spirit of Springfield since 1991, is sponsored by MassMutual. It is supported with additional support from iHeart Radio (Mix 93.1 FM), MassLive, The Republican, and WWLP-TV22.  In-kind donors include 90 Meat Outlet/Armata’s, Affordable Waste Solutions, Charlie Arment Trucking, Elegant Affairs, Joseph Freedman Company, MGM Springfield, Michael’s Party Rentals, Quality Beverage, Republic Services, Sheraton Springfield, Springfield Parking Authority, Springfield Water and Sewer Commission, City of Springfield, and many others.

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SPRINGFIELD — After careful consideration, the Spirit of Springfield, with the city of Springfield, has determined it is in the best interest of the community to postpone Star Spangled Springfield due to COVID-19. The event, sponsored by MassMutual, is being delayed from Saturday, July 4 to a date that has yet to be determined. 

“Someone said to me, ‘we need fireworks,’ said Judy Matt, Spirit of Springfield president. “I agree 100%, but we must first think of the welfare and well-being of our community. When the time is right, we will be ready.”

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno called it “the prudent and right decision. Once we defeat this COVID-19 coronavirus, we will, with the Spirit of Springfield, celebrate once again. Until then and out of an abundance of caution, we must continue to be proactive in starving this virus by following all of the local, state, and federal public-health guidelines as we begin to plan to return to a sense of normalcy within phases.”

Star Spangled Springfield has been a celebration of the country’s independence and a July 4 tradition since 1991. It has featured musical entertainment, family-friendly activities, and a world-class pyrotechnics display by Fireworks by Grucci. It has been sponsored by MassMutual since 2006, with additional support provided by area businesses. 

“We will continue to support the Spirit of Springfield and the event when our community is healthy and it is safe for us to gather,” said Dennis Duquette, head of Community Responsibility at MassMutual and president of the MassMutual Foundation. “Springfield needs a reason to celebrate.”

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