The Roof at The Broadway Columbia Hotel expects traffic on Fourth of July

Thursday, July 3, 2014 | 6:57 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — If you're thinking about watching Columbia's Fire in the Sky fireworks show at The Roof, a bar atop The Broadway Columbia hotel, you aren't the only one.

“We’ve gotten a lot of inquiries about tomorrow, most likely because of our unobstructed view and because we’re new,” said Rob Medcalf, nightlife director at The Broadway Columbia hotel.

The Roof, which opened in March, holds 300 people and has hit capacity almost every Friday and Saturday night since, Medcalf said. He expects The Roof to fill up this weekend.

Access to The Roof is free for hotel guests, but there is a $25 cover charge for the general public on Friday. Visitors must be at least 21 years old to attend.

“Tomorrow, we have a cover for multiple reasons. We’ve got a great view and a prime viewing location," Medcalf said. "We aren’t taking reservations. It’s going to be first come, first served. We’re going to be letting the general public and hotel guests in, so everyone has an equal shot.”

Aric Jarvis, assistant general manager at The Broadway Columbia, said the hotel is nearly sold out on Friday and is sold out on Saturday.

The Roof will open at 4 p.m. with barbecue specials. Live music from the Norm Ruebling Band will begin at 5 p.m. and continue until the fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. A disc jockey will play into the evening.

Supervising editor is Landon Woodroof

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