Western Massachusetts gets ready to celebrate America’s 240th birthday

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – There’s no doubt about it, there’s something magical about the 4th of July.

Chelsi Kohler of Enfield told 22News it’s a holiday she looks forward to year after year. “The food, the cookouts, the family time, time off of work,” she said.

Americans across the country are getting ready to celebrate America’s 240th birthday, and for many of us, that means food, family, and fireworks.

The American Pyrotechnic Association says this year, Americans are expected to spend $800-million on fireworks in total. Some of those fireworks will be used to illuminate the sky right here in western Massachusetts.

Yadira Barga said the firework displays have become a tradition for her family. “We’re going to take the kids downtown to see the fireworks,” she said.

The fireworks display in Springfield has been an annual tradition for the past 25-year, and every year they continue to grow. This year, they’re expecting more than 100,000 people to come to Riverfront Park to watch the fireworks explode over the Connecticut River.

Barga told 22News it’s not the fireworks that keeps her coming back every year, it’s the time she gets to spend with her family. “My family, that’s the thing I cherish. Every year we do the same thing, we cook, we have fun, and then at night we go see the fireworks,” she said.

Celebrating our nation’s independence isn’t just about pyrotechnic shows and cooking on the grill, for Thomas Flack of Springfield, the day is dedicated to spending time with his loved ones. “Spending time right here with my family, friends, and grandkids,” he said.

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