Birthplace of Route 66 Festival

2014 Birthplace of Rt. 66 Festival

The West Central Neighborhood Alliance presents the Fourth Annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival.  This event spotlights Springfield’s unique role in the proud history of the Mother Road with a classic car show with over 200 entries, live music, local food, and area craft vendors.

The festival is an exciting celebration of historic Route 66, commemorating the role Springfield played in the history of the “Mother Road.”  Come downtown to Park Central Square to experience a part of history!

Proceeds from the event go to benefit the restoration of the Route 66 Roadside Park on College Street in West Central.

Schedule of Events


Friday, Aug. 8

4:30 – Classic car “cruise” in forms at St. Louis Street and Glenstone Avenue at Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven and travels to the site of the future Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park on College.

7:00 p.m. – Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park Ribbon cutting and party featuring the dedication of a replica Red’s Giant Hamburg sign within the park.

9:00 p.m. – “Back to the Future” drive-in movie on the side of the Springfield Expo Center, presented by Springfield-Greene County Park Board.


Saturday, Aug. 9

7:30 a.m. – 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Route 66 development fund aimed at improving and restoring historic Route 66 through Springfield and promoting Springfield as the Birthplace of the Mother Road.

Location: Hollywood Theaters at 415 W. College St.
Cost: $20, $25 on race day; Race day registration will be 6:30-7:15 a.m.
Awards: Overall male and female finishers, overall male and female masters and top finishers in each division.
Contact: Brendan Griesemer, 417-864-1695.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m – Classic Car Show on the Park Central Square and surrounding streets

10:00 a.m. – Live Music: Blue Plate Special & Rockabilly Cats

Noon –- Live Music: Big Iron Band

2:00 p.m. – Live Music: The Detectives

4:00 p.m. – Classic Car Show awards

5:00 p.m. – Mark Bilyeu & Cindy Woolf

7:00 p.m. – First-Ever Birthplace of Route 66 Concert featuring the Ozark Mountain Daredevils (live at the Gillioz and via simulcast on a 16 X 30 screen at the Square).