Parks & Rec Announces Details of Joplin’s 2020 Independence Day Celebration

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In consideration of social distancing guidelines and mass gathering limits, the City of Joplin and Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) have modified the 2020 Independence Day Celebration. This year’s event will be a fireworks-only show on Saturday, July 4 at 9:45 pm. The fireworks will be set off on the eastern side of the MSSU campus.

“We felt this was the safest way to celebrate, considering current events,” said Paul Bloomberg, Parks and Recreation Director. “Having the fireworks display gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy a little piece of our traditional event while still social distancing and being mindful of other guidelines.”

Area residents are welcome to watch the display from their vehicle in designated MSSU parking lots. “The great thing about the location of the campus is that it is one of the tallest points in Joplin, which provides a good viewing experience from different vantage points around the area,” said Bloomberg.

The fireworks show will start at 9:45 pm and will last approximately 20 minutes. A warning shot will be blasted 10 minutes before the show begins. The show will be set to music, which visitors can tune into at 88.7 KXMS to experience. The entirety of the fireworks celebration will be broadcast live on KGCS-TV, Channel 21 and on Missouri Southern’s Facebook page.

The stadium and amenities will be closed to the public.

For for information about this year’s celebration, contact Joplin Parks & Recreation at 417.625.4750 or visit


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Carla Bond, Recreation Manager

Joplin Parks and Recreation Department


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