Thursday, March 8 | Submitted by Donnie Rodgers | Downtown Central
After drawing 10,000 people in its first year, “Fireworks at the Field” returns to downtown Springfield with more activities for July 4th!
From 3 to 8 pm, patrons will be able to ice skate and play on inflatables from Amberg Entertainment in the Mediacom Ice Park, create art and crafts at The Creamery Arts Center, and enjoy the hands-on activities of the Discovery Center. The Springfield Cardinals will host the Midland Rockhounds at 5:08 pm at Hammons Field and then “Members Only” will be the featured headliner band after the game. The region’s largest fireworks show will begin at Hammons Field at 9:45 pm.
A “Fireworks at the Field” ticket will provide admission to all activities and include a general admission ticket to the baseball game. Tickets will be available for advance purchase on June 18 for only $7 per person (5 and under FREE) at all Springfield Price Cutter Supermarkets (including the downtown Bistro Market) and Hammons Field. The admission price the day of the event will be $8 per person. Veterans and active military personnel with an ID can purchase tickets at the gate for $5. Children under 5 are free. Patrons who wish to upgrade their baseball game general admission ticket can receive a $3 discount on any other tickets at the Hammons Field box office based on availability.
City Utilities will offer free shuttles linking all the participating venues and the wide variety of paid and free parking options will be available in the Jordan Valley Park area.
Rusty Worley, Executive Director of the Urban Districts Alliance, said, “Last year’s event was a great success. We are excited at the enhancements for this second year and anticipate even larger crowds on the holiday and with the ballgame.”
“The Cardinals and Hammons Industries are so excited to host this tremendous civic event,” Cardinals Vice President and General Manager Matt Gifford said. “Fireworks and Hammons Field have become synonymous for families in the Ozarks, so we are honored to open our gates for this Independence Day celebration and be a part of this new tradition.”
CoxHealth is the title sponsor for “Fireworks at the Field.” “Every summer at CoxHealth we treat a number of fireworks-related injuries,” said Ron Prenger, CoxHealth Chief Clinical Officer. “We’re proud to partner with the UDA on this event, so area families can safely celebrate our nation’s independence.”
Additional event sponsors include KY3, Midwest Family Radio, Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, Hoover Music, Price Cutter/Bistro Market, Great Southern Bank, Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company, Hollywood Theaters, the Downtown Community Improvement District, and AM Pyrotechnics.