Happy 417 Day! Here’s how the Springfield community is celebrating
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Saturday marks 417 Day! It’s the fourth consecutive year that the Springfield community has celebrated the day on April 17.
417 is the area code for Springfield and much of southwest Missouri and the abbreviated date for April 17. Though there is no official proclamation for the day, community members have recognized April 17 to celebrate all of the 417 cities, towns and municipalities.
Real Love Equals Real Change, a Springfield-area nonprofit, is celebrating Saturday with a gathering at Fassnight Park. The celebration begins at noon and anyone from the 417 community is welcome to attend.
The showcase includes food, games, live music, entertainment, resources and more available to families for free. Many organizations, including NAMI, will have representatives and offer community resources at the event.
“My goal is to have the community come out, have a great time, meet new people, gather new resources from businesses out here,” said event organizer Larry Flenoid. “Everything is free to the community. We just want people to have fun and get to know each other.”
This year marks the first time 417 Day has fallen on a weekend since the inaugural celebration in 2018.
According to the city of Springfield, many people are celebrating by taking a picture with the 417 sculpture at Boonville and Chestnut. You can use the hashtag #417Day on social media.
417 Magazine worked with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board to donate 417 trees. The trees are a mix of Burr oak, river birch, black gum and redbud.
The trees will be potted and grown at the park board’s nursery, allowing them to grow larger before being planted throughout parks, such as the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park.
The Springfield Brewing Company is celebrating with special 417-themed shirts.
Other communities in the 417 region include Branson, Carl Junction, Carthage, Joplin, Lebanon, Neosho, Nixa, Ozark and West Plains. Check with local businesses to see if there are any special deals or plans to celebrate April 17.
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