Preparations begin for Spirit of Springfield celebration on Monday

Event organizers are expecting over 100,000 attendees

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The 4th of July isn’t until Monday, but preparations are already well underway.

Thousands of people will gather at Riverfront Park Monday night for Star Spangled Springfield.

22News spoke to some residents Sunday morning who come here year after year to watch the fireworks.

Pyro-Technicians will light off more than 600 fireworks from the memorial bridge Monday night.

The fireworks show will start at 9:30 PM, but you might want to arrive a little earlier to find a place to sit.

The Spirit of Springfield said they’re expecting more than 100,000 people to come watch the fireworks.

If you do decide to come early, there will also be live entertainment and food vendors at Riverfront Park starting at 6 PM.

Star Spangled Springfield has been a tradition in Springfield for the past 25 years, and every year it continues to grow.

We also have some information for drivers:

• The Memorial Bridge will be closed starting Sunday night at 11PM until Monday at midnight.
• Since I-91 in Springfield is reduced to two lanes, you won’t be allowed to stop in the breakdown lane to watch the fireworks.
• There will be plenty of metered parking spots in the city, but you won’t be able to park in the north or south garages in downtown Springfield.

22News is a proud sponsor of this event.

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