Joplin Parks and Recreation Partner with MSSU for Joplin’s Independence Day Celebration

Image Credit: Curtis Almeter, Missouri Southern State University

(Joplin, MO) – The 2023 Joplin Independence Day Celebration will kick off at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, July 4 at Fred G. Hughes Stadium, located on the campus of Missouri Southern State University (MSSU).

This family event will feature live music by The Mixtapes, food trucks and fireworks. The schedule of events include:

  • 5:30 pm: Event Kick Off: Food Trucks Open
  • 7:00 pm: Stadium Opens to Visitors
  • 7:30 pm: Live Music by The Mixtapes
  • 9:45 pm: Fireworks Show (approximate show time is 20 minutes)

The fireworks show will be set to music, which visitors can tune into 88.7 KXMS to experience. The football stadium is an NCAA regulation field, and no one will be allowed on the football turf. Seating is available in the stadium and along the grass around the field.

Items allowed inside the stadium:                      What NOT to bring:

  • Water                                                                                •   Personal Fireworks
  • Food                                                                                  •   Alcohol
  • Seat Cushions                                                                 •   Grills
  • Folding Chairs                                                                •   Pets (service animals allowed)
  • Blankets                                                                           •   Tobacco
  • Strollers

Plenty of parking will be available throughout the campus. A festivities map will be posted closer to the event as well as a list of expected vendors. This event is hosted by Joplin Parks and Recreation and MSSU. For more information about this year’s celebration, click here.

About Joplin Parks & Recreation

The Joplin Parks and Recreation Department provides quality parks, services, and programs to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Joplin and surrounding communities. Learn more at


Lynn Iliff Onstot, Public Information Officer
City of Joplin
417.624.0820, ext. 204

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