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(COLUMBIA, MO) ~ Columbia, MO - The City of Columbia is excited to announce the return of their 72nd annual Fourth of July Fire in the Sky celebration at Stephens Lake Park. This year's event promises to be a fun-filled evening for all ages.

The festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a variety of activities and crafts for kids, as well as food trucks and live music at the Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater. Attendees can look forward to performances by local entertainers such as Boone Howlers, Allie Bruns, and We B Friends.

The highlight of the evening will be a spectacular fireworks display starting at 9:15 p.m., launched from the east side of the park. The fireworks will be synchronized to music broadcasted on BXR 102.3, adding an extra element of excitement to the show.

To ensure smooth traffic flow and parking for visitors, the City has partnered with Boone Hospital. Many of the hospital's parking lots will be open for public use during the event, with assistance from the Columbia Police Department.

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For those looking for alternative transportation options, Go COMO transit will be providing complimentary shuttle service between all six City parking garages and a drop-off point on East Walnut Street near Stephens Lake Park. This free shuttle service will run continuously from 5 to 11 p.m., making it convenient for attendees to move between parking garages and the celebration. Riders can track the location of shuttles in real-time using the DoubleMap app.

Once passengers arrive at the Fire in the Sky shuttle stop, they will need to cross Old Highway 63 on foot to reach Stephens Lake Park. It is important to note that Old Highway 63 will be closed to traffic by the Columbia Police Department during this time.

To make it easier for attendees, parking enforcement will be suspended and both on-street and in-garage parking will be free on July 4th. As with other large events at Stephens Lake Park, East Walnut will also be closed to non-residential traffic that evening. The Columbia Police Department will be present to assist with traffic management, and residents living on East Walnut will not need a pass to access the street.

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For those looking for a more eco-friendly mode of transportation, attendees are encouraged to bike to the event. Bike racks will be available for use, but cyclists should bring a bike lock for added security.

To ensure the safety of all attendees, personal fireworks and barbecue grills are prohibited at Fire in the Sky. Alcohol is also strongly discouraged as this is a family-friendly event. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy an evening celebrating with the community.

The City of Columbia would like to thank their generous sponsors, Columbia Insurance Group and Columbia Cosmopolitan Luncheon Club as presenting sponsors, for making Fire in the Sky possible. Other sponsors include Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, KOMU 8, BXR102.3, KFRU1400, Columbia Missourian, and Boone Health.

For more information about Fire in the Sky or other Fourth of July events in Columbia, please visit CoMo.gov or call 573-874-7460. Don't miss out on this exciting celebration with your community!

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