First Night Springfield fireworks postponed

Fireworks (Courtesy: MGN Online)

Julia Frevert says First Night fireworks are postponed on December 31, 2017 due to freezing temperatures.

The 31st Celebration of the Arts – held on the 31st of December
Cold temperatures won’t stop First Night® Springfield! The annual New Year’s Eve Celebration of the Arts, sponsored by the Springfield Area Arts Council, will be held as scheduled—with one exception. The fireworks display planned for 8:00PM on December 31st in downtown Springfield will be rescheduled to a warmer date.
“We didn’t want to worry our audience,” noted Mark Pence, volunteer coordinator of the event. “Going directly to one of our performance sites is fine, but standing outside for a half-hour fireworks show would be hard on everyone.”
All other activities of First Night will go ahead as planned. First Night begins with free children’s activities and performances for kids at Springfield High School from 1:00 to 4:00PM. Mark Gifford will perform a concert on the Barton Theatre Organ at Springfield High from 4:15 to 5:45; there will be a $5 admission charge, with First Night wristbands also offering admission.
The rest of the family-friendly performances take place from 5:00PM to 11:15PM at The Hoogland Center for the Arts, The Lincoln Home Visitors Center, Kari Bedford Photography Studio, and Lincoln Library (Springfield's Public Library). All types of music, dance, comedy improv, princesses, storytelling, theatre, and visual art will entertain audiences of all ages.
Wristbands for admission to all First Night events are $20 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-18. Adult tickets purchased before noon on December 30 are $18. Tickets can be purchased at the Hoogland Center for the Arts Box Office, the Hoogland website (, or any Bank of Springfield location. For more information, see the Springfield Area Arts Council website at
Mark Pence
First Night Springfield volunteer,
Springfield Area Arts Council
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