SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – For people here in western Massachusetts, this year’s 4th celebration will have to wait until Saturday.
The annual Star Spangled Springfield scheduled for Friday night at Riverfront Park has been postponed to Saturday night due to weather. People can start gathering at 7:00 p.m., and the Fourth of July fireworks will go off at 9:30 p.m.
22News spoke with Judy Matt, the President of the Spirit of Springfield. She said Thursday night’s lightning prevented pyrotechnicians to start their preparations. So instead of cutting the show short or risking people’s safety, they decided to postpone the event.
“When the lightning was coming in I checked with our chief pyrotechnician and of course they can’t even touch the fireworks when there’s lightning. So we made a decision at about 10:30,” said Judy.
The decision to postpone the show was also made after talking with local and state police. Judy said, “Public safety is number one and of course crowd enjoyment comes with that. We didn’t want to do it in weather like this.”
The Memorial Bridge will be closed to traffic Friday night at 11:00 p.m., and remain closed until Saturday night, until after the fireworks. So you’ll want to find a different way to get here for the fireworks.
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