Springfield, Mo. -- Independence Day festivities are set for Wednesday night in Downtown Springfield. This year marks the second year for the citywide fireworks display at Hammons Field.
"With the addition of the baseball game and people just getting to know the event, we think we'll probably have 15,000 to 20,000 thousand (people) this year," said Sara Hough, one of the event planners, who works with the Urban Districts Alliance.
Some downtown businesses will be closed for the holiday, but others are positioning themselves to take advantage of the massive influx of people.
"We'll definitely probably get a lot of traffic, and if it's anything like 'Art Walk,' we can expect long lines all the way down the street," said Adam Lauderdale, a barista at Mudhouse Coffee.
The crowd expected in Center City this year for July 4 festivities could be twice the size of the crowd that attended last year. Those numbers will likely mean a boom for business. But the large crowds are also a concern for Springfield Police.
"We rely on our citizens to be our eyes and ears on the ground, and they do a very good job of it," said Corporal Matt Brown of the Springfield Police Department.
Brown said police will be out in full force Wednesday, keeping a close watch on Center City and cracking down on drunk drivers throughout town.
"You're going to see a lot of walking officers. You can certainly expect a larger police force," Brown said.
This year a $7 ticket buys event-goers access to the Mediacom Ice Park for skating and bounce houses, the Discovery Center, and the Cardinals game at Hammons Field.
"After that game is done, Springfield Cardinals will open up the outfield grass for folks to come and sit and enjoy the concert and fireworks show," Hough said.
Tickets go up to $8 Wednesday. You can purchase them at any area Price Cutter in advance. Veterans will be charged $5 at the event.
Downtown businesses, police prepare for Independence Day events
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