Independence Day Fireworks. (Photo by Jym Wilson)

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July 4 falls on a Thursday in 2024, which means Americans will celebrate Independence Day in the middle of the week. It’s just a little inconvenient.

Some southwest Missouri communities held their Fourth of July events over the weekend of June 28-30, but don’t panic if you missed them. Several events in the Springfield metro — including parades and fireworks displays — are scheduled for the big day. Here’s a rundown, in chronological order.

Springfield’s Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Parade and Celebration

A group of women in white dresses holding white umbrellas marches in a parade
The Victorian Women's Drill Team is an annual participant in Springfield's Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade. This year's event starts at 10 a.m. in Midtown. (Photo: Jeff Kessinger)

Springfield’s Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Parade and Celebration is a can’t-miss. It’s organized by the Midtown Neighborhood Association and it gets underway with a 10 a.m. parade. This year’s theme is “Freedom in Motion.” Floats and marchers will step off at the intersection of Benton Avenue and Central Street and head north on Benton. The parade wanders through Midtown before ending at Washington Park.

That’s where the celebration is held, with live music, food and ice cream. Seasonal Trains will also be on-site, offering free train rides for revelers of all ages.

Marshfield’s 145th Independence Day Celebration

The Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce, just east on I-44, is also hosting a parade and community event. Marshfield’s 145th Independence Day Celebration kicks off with a 10 a.m. parade on the town’s square. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is this year’s grand marshal and the theme is “Freedom, Faith, Family, Fun.”

Stick around after the parade for a celebration including food trucks, vendors and live entertainment. Looking for fireworks? Head on over to the Webster County Fair for a 7 p.m. rodeo followed by a fireworks display.

Ebenezer Historical Society 4th of July Parade

Fireworks on a beautiful evening. (Photo by Ian Schneider of Unsplash)

Ebenezer, a small community north of Springfield, has a parade of its own, presented by the Ebenezer Historical Society. It gets underway at 11 a.m. near the intersection of Farm Roads 56 and 153.

Participants are encouraged to bring their show cars, everyday drivers, ATVs and tractors, or show their patriotism by decking out a trailer as a float. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third places, and dash plaques will be handed out to the first 20 participants.

The post-parade celebration includes hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn and drinks. The Ebenezer UMC Food Pantry will provide sweet treats.

Sparta Historic District’s 4th of July Parade, Drag City Cruise-in & Apple Pie Bake-off

Celebrate Independence Day in Sparta with a parade down Main Street and an afternoon full of events. The parade starts at 3 p.m., stepping off at Sparta Middle School. Spectators are encouraged to line up downtown along Main Street.

Sparta Middle School is the place to be after the parade. That’s where the Drag City Cruise-In & Apple Pie Bake-off will be held until 6 p.m.

Freedom Week at Hammons Field

Fans sit in the outfield grass at Hammons Field watching a fireworks display
Fans will be invited onto the outfield grass at Hammons Field to watch the fireworks on July 4, following the Springfield Cardinals' game. (Photo: Jeff Kessinger)

It doesn’t get more American than baseball, hot dogs and fireworks. You can enjoy all three at Hammons Field as the Springfield Cardinals present Freedom Week Fireworks.

The festivities get underway July 4 when the Cardinals host Northwest Arkansas at 5:35 p.m. Head down to the field after the game for the city’s largest fireworks display and a free concert from the Mixtapes, a ’90s cover band. It’s also Thirsty Thursday, which means 21-and-over drink specials all game long.

Freedom Week Fireworks continues with displays after a 7:05 p.m. game July 5 and a 6:35 p.m. game July 6. Tickets for all three games can be purchased from the Springfield Cardinals’ website.

Independence Day Celebration at Revolution Church Nixa

Revolution Church in Nixa promises “huge fireworks” at its Independence Day Celebration, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on July 4. There will also be entertainment from the Dave Barton Band. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lounge chairs and lawn games.

Jeff Kessinger

Jeff Kessinger is the Reader Engagement Editor for the Hauxeda, and the voice of its daily newsletter SGF A.M. He covered sports in southwest Missouri for the better part of 20 years, from young athletes to the pros. The Springfield native and Missouri State University alumnus is thrilled to be doing journalism in the Queen City, helping connect the community with important information. He and wife Jamie daily try to keep a tent on the circus that is a blended family of five kids and three cats. More by Jeff Kessinger