Changing 4th plans due to severe weather

Lightning and thunder prevented preparation, postponed fireworks

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Starting Friday at 11:00 p.m., the Memorial Bridge will be closed for 24 hours. If it wasn’t for severe weather, western Massachusetts residents would’ve enjoyed the 4th fireworks on July 4th, but they’ll have to wait one more day.

Springfield’s July 4th celebration will now happen on July 5th. Severe weather leading up to Independence Day forced Spirit of Springfield to make some last-minute changes and postpone the event to Saturday.

One of the organizers from Spirit of Springfield Judy Matt told 22News, “We’ve been doing them with the Gruccis for 29 years, and this is the second time we moved it from one day to next day. The rain plan is always the next day.”

However, having the 4th on the 5th will not stop western Massachusetts residents from enjoying the holiday weekend. After Hurricane Arthur moves through New England, sunshine will return to western Massachusetts.

Many people told 22News everything they planned for the 4th will now simply shift to Saturday. Springfield resident Theresa Studstill said, “I have my own cookout for my family for Saturday. Chicken, steak, collard greens, potato salad.”

Dan Leary of Springfield said, “That always works out good. When you get a holiday on a weekend like this, it gets rained out especially on a Friday, you just bump it up one more day, July 5th, it’s a holiday weekend.”

The Star Spangled Springfield’s 2014 fireworks will begin at 9:30 Saturday night. People can arrive starting at 7 o’clock.

For a complete listing of local fireworks displays, Click Here.

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