SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Urban Districts Alliance postponed a news conference to announce details of its new Independence Day celebration in downtown Springfield. The event on July 4 will include a fireworks show at Hammons Field while the Springfield Cardinals are on a road trip in Texas.
The news conference was scheduled at Hammons Field at 10 a.m. Thursday but UDA postponed it after the Board of Public Utilities scheduled a news conference at the same time to announce a new general manager for City Utilities of Springfield. The announcement will be on Tuesday morning at the same time and place.
The UDA has been working to put together a community Independence Day event since James River Assembly of God Church in Ozark canceled its plans for its annual I Love America celebration in northeast Springfield on the grounds of Springfield Underground. The church's patriotic and religious event attracted thousands of people each Independence Day for the past 14 years.