Birthplace of Route 66 Festival: What you need to know about the 2022 festival

Published: Mar. 22, 2022 at 11:37 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 8, 2022 at 8:36 AM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The Birthplace of Route 66 Festival in downtown Springfield is returning for the summer of 2022 after two years off because of the pandemic.

This year’s festival kicks off on Thursday, August 11. It runs through Saturday, August 13. Organizers expect around 75,000 visitors to attend. Festival organizers will celebrate ten years.

This year’s festival will start on Thursday, August 11. That night will feature a night of street music.

The city hopes the festival will bring the community together again and give the city a significant economic boost.

“We have received a lot of requests even from our state legislature about whether wouldn’t it be great to have it even bigger than it is,” said Cora Scott. “Which is so amazing to have support at all levels. So we decided let’s just back it up. Let’s start the party early on Thursday night.”

The cover band Emerald City will perform on Thursday night. The city will host the concert on Jefferson Street with a huge dance party. The Birthplace of Route 66 Festival parade, featuring hundreds of classic cars, returns on Friday. You can also check out live musicians at the Aaron Sachs and Associates and Chevy Dealers of the Ozarks stages.

The festival’s annual parade begins Friday at 6 p.m. It will feature classic cars and floats from several decades honoring ‘The Mother Road.’

See the hour-by-hour schedule by CLICKING HERE.

Car owners may begin to register for the event. CLICK HERE for the signup page.

Also, drivers should expect road closings for the entirety of the festival. See below a map of road closures.

Courtesy: City of Springfield, Mo.
Courtesy: City of Springfield, Mo.(ky3)

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