4th of July Fire in the Sky is coordinated by Columbia Parks & Recreation and presented by:
Columbia's 65th Annual Fourth of July celebration
July 4, 2017 ~ 6:30 pm activities and entertainment, 9:15 pm fireworks
- Event map (including road closures), updated June 29
Event begins 6:30 pm
- Children's Activities at Flat Branch Park / 4th Street – Pop-A-Shot, 4th of July crafts and activities and at Peach Park - Inflatable Obstacle Course
- Entertainment stage at Flat Branch Park (Emcees from KOMU8 and KFRU 1400)
- Entertainment stage at Peace Park (Emcees from KOMU8 and BXR102.3)
- Fireworks begin at 9:15 pm choreographed to music simulcast on BXR 102.3 (will be launched from top of parking garage at Sixth and Cherry).
- Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
- Food trucks available at both Peace and Flat Branch Parks.
- Rooftops not designed to be occupied and should NOT be, per building code.
- Please do NOT bring fireworks, alcohol or grills to the event.
- Volunteers are needed! Please call the City's Office of Volunteer Services at 874-7499.
- Peace Park - The Fried Crawdaddies at 6:30 pm and the Norm Ruebling Band at 7:45 pm.
- Flat Branch Park - Alec Davis Band at 6:30 pm and Murphy's Ford at 7:45 pm
- Roaming entertainment
- Special guests: Burney Sisters performing patrotic music
Transportation / Parking (see map above)
- Free parking available throughout the District and on University campus in any City or University owned lots and parking garages, unless they are marked closed. (Event map above)
- Streets around Fifth and Cherry parking garage (Fifth, Sixth, Cherry and Locust) will be closed at staggered times. See map for details.
- Locust will be closed at Providence Road to Seventh Street.
- Elm will be closed from Fifth to Ninth Streets and Seventh will be closed from Locust to Elm.
- 4th Street will be closed from Locust to Cherry beginning at 1 pm.
- Parking will be restricted in the Fifth and Cherry parking garage starting at 7 pm on July 3. Parking will be restricted in the surrounding lots and streets on July 4 to keep safety zone clear.
- Police will guide exiting traffic after the fireworks show. Some streets may be made one direction only at that time to assist traffic flow.
- Get there early and enjoy the fun!
- With the streets closed around the parking garage, it will be best to find parking north of Broadway, east of Eighth Street and south of Elm. If you come in on Elm from Providence, turn right toward the University to find parking.
- Let the traffic clear after the show and spend some time enjoying the District. Many businesses will be open.
- Bike the MKT Trail into downtown, or walk. The trail leads directly to Flat Branch Park.
- Food truck available at both event locations.
- Bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating in the parks and enjoying the entertainment.
Photos credit: Notley Hawkins