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Bright Nights Military & Emergency First Responders Night Postponed Due to Inclement Weather

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Due to the forecasted rain and wind, the salute to military and emergency first responders at Bright Nights at Forest Park has been postponed from Wednesday, November 30, 2022, to Wednesday, December 7, 2022, from 5pm to 9pm. The decision was made by Spirit of Springfield President Judy Matt, and Patrick Sullivan, Executive Director of the Springfield Department of Parks, Buildings, and Recreation Management.

On Military and Emergency First Responders Night, free car admission will be given to members of the U. S. Armed Forces, veterans, law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical service personnel, their spouses, and everyone in their car.  Their children will be treated to a ride on the carousel in Santa’s Magical Forest.

Visitors will be greeted by Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Spirit of Springfield President Judy Matt, leaders from the military, law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services. 

“We have a lot of people to thank,” said Judy Matt, Spirit of Springfield President.  “Soldiers, veterans, police officers, firefighters, emergency medical services personnel, and the family members who support them.  A drive through Bright Nights at Forest Park is just a small token of our appreciation.”

Bright Nights at Forest Park opened for its 28th season on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, and will operate through Wednesday, January 1, 2023.  Tickets must be purchased in advance, online at or at Big Y World Class Markets.

For more information about Bright Nights at Forest Park, visit or contact the Spirit of Springfield at (413) 733-3800.

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