COLUMBIA – The city is set to shut down as the sky lights up for this year's Independence Day celebration.
Columbia city offices will be closed for the Fourth of July, and a few services will be suspended, according to a Columbia Public Works news release.
What: Columbia's 61st Annual Fire in the Sky celebration
Where: Flat Branch Park and MU's Peace Park
When: Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m., Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.
What's Happening: Games, crafts, concessions and concerts. Flat Branch Park will feature the bands the Havana Honeys and Just the 5 of Us. Man in the Ring will play at Peace Park. The Hickman High School choir will also make appearances at each location.
- Refuse and recycling collection will not be made July 4. Collection will also be delayed one day following the holiday.
- Columbia Transit will run with modified hours. Service will begin at 2 p.m., be suspended 8 to 10 p.m. during Fire in the Sky and resume for the final route run at 10:15 p.m. from the Wabash terminal.
- Parking meters will not be enforced.
- Parking will not be permitted on the surface lot at Fifth and Cherry Street from 5 to 11:30 p.m. or in the Sixth and Cherry Street parking garage from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Vehicles parked in these lots during these times will be towed at the owner’s expense. These lots are required safety zones for the fireworks discharge site for the Fire in the Sky display.
- The Planning and Zoning Commission meeting and work session is canceled. The next meeting and work session will be held July 18.
Extra officers will be on duty to enforce the city's firework ordinance, which prohibits the discharge and/or possession of fireworks within city limits, from Monday, July 1 to Friday, July 5.
The Columbia Police Department, according to the release, asked that any firework complaints be reported to the Public Safety Joint Communications non-emergency number at 442-6131, not 911.
For further information about closings, schedules and restrictions visit the Columbia Parks and Recreation website.