SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- One of the most highly anticipated events of the summer is canceled. James River Assembly of God says it's not money but timing that ended its annual I Love America religious and patriotic celebration.
After reviewing schedules and looking over plans for another event on the grounds of Springfield Underground, James River Assembly of God Charities says it just can’t continue the 14-year Independence Day event that’s attracted thousands of families.
Springfield Underground is hosting the Show-Me Music and Arts Festival from June 17-19. The church’s leaders say that event means they wouldn’t have the time needed after the music fest to put its show together.
Many cities in the metropolitan area don't have the money to put on an Independence Day event, including Springfield, which again hasn't budgeted for something like Firefall after dropping the event three years ago. The cancellation surprised Springfield leaders and those from the Convention and Visitors Bureau, although none had any figures about how I Love America affected restaurants and hotels in the city from out-of-town visitors.