COLUMBIA — Columbia's annual firework show "Fire in the Sky" will now be held downtown every year, according to Karen Chandler, superintendent for the Parks and Recreation Department.
The decision to move the show from its usual location at Memorial Stadium was made earlier this year due to ongoing construction at the stadium.
The city has put considerable time and effort into planning this year's event, and the location has been working out well, Chandler said. The event will feature children's activities and concerts in Flat Branch Park, as well as more entertainment in Peace Park.
Chandler said the new location's atmosphere will be a comfortable one, as attendees can sit in the grass with a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the show.
This location also offers more parking for attendees. Parking will be free throughout the district, as well as in any of the garages or lots owned by MU.
Chandler said the move will be nice for merchants in the area, as the event will bring people downtown.
In years past, Shakespeare's Pizza has not been open on the Fourth of July. However, manager Matt Unverferth said the restaurant will likely re-examine this policy since the show will be downtown. Paul Huesgen, one of the managers of Flat Branch Pub and Brewing, said he expects his establishment to be "prime real estate" during the event.
Fireworks will be launched from the top of the parking garage at Sixth and Cherry streets. The show will begin around 9 p.m. and will be choreographed to music broadcast on KBXR 102.3.
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