COLUMBIA — The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department has taken over the coordination for Columbia's 58th annual Fourth of July Fire in the Sky celebration.
KMIZ/Channel 17 will no longer coordinate the event. After meeting with the city to redraft how their relationship would work, the city chose to go in another direction, KMIZ general manager Gene Steinberg said.
What: “Fire in the Sky,” the City of Columbia’s Fourth of July celebration
When: July 4, gates open at 6:30 p.m., entertainment begins at 7 p.m., fireworks begin after 9:30 p.m.
Where: Memorial Stadium, on the corner of Stadium and Providence; enter through gates 1, 2 and 3
- Artificial noisemakers
- Glass bottles or containers
- Backpacks or large bags
- Laser lights
- Outside food or beverage
- Signs, flags or banners on a pole or affixed to any part of the facility
Presented by: Columbia Insurance Group and KOMU 8
Sponsored by: Cosmopolitan Luncheon Club, KBXR 102.3, KFRU 1400 and Mizzou Athletics
Karen Ramey, Fire in the Sky coordinator, said then-KMIZ/Channel general manager Randy Wright stepped up to coordinate the event after the Cosmopolitan Luncheon Club, which had sponsored the event in its first 52 years, was no longer able to.
"It was the city's decision to go ahead and coordinate the event this year," she said. "The city had always contributed some financially, so we had that in the budget."
This year, attendees will see new elements, including performances from the Hickman High School choir, performing dogs from the Columbia Canine Sport Center and more activities for children. The Kansas City Street Band and the Hilary Scott Band will also perform.
This year will also include shots of the performances on the screen at Memorial Stadium. Before the fireworks begin, a military recognition video will be played.
Ramey said the children's activities were part of an effort to expand the activities provided on the field this year.
Children's activities will take place on the concourse and include:
- a bounce house
- a bungee run
- face painting
- balloon art
- Fourth of July crafts for children
Ramey believes attendance might increase this year since the Fourth of July falls on a Sunday.
"We hope the community will come out and enjoy it,” she said. “It's a great way to create a family tradition for the Fourth of July and celebrate the independence of our country.”