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Midtown Projects & Events

The Midtown Neighborhood Association schedules a variety of events throughout the year to promote and preserve the character and quality of living in the Midtown Neighborhood. These events are just some of the ways we bring neighbors together and bring the rest of the city to Midtown.

Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade & Celebration

Join us each year for a parade and more with that old fashion picnic feel, games and food. Fourth of July, 10am

Springfield’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July Parade and Celebration

Springfield's only July 4th Parade! 
Within the Midtown Historic District: Springfield’s largest nationally registered historic district.

Date: Saturday, July 4, 2015

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Rain or Shine

 Springfield's 25th Annual Old-Fashioned 4th of July Parade and Celebration is quickly approaching.

This year’s theme will be “Your Grandparents' Fourth of July”.

The parade begins at 10:00am, on Benton Ave in the Drury parking lot just north of Central High, turns right on Calhoun (by Drury Historic Presidents Home), left on Washington Ave. and right on East Locust to Washington Park.

Parade entries include: The Shrine Brass Band, Central High School Kilties, Greater Ozarks Bluegrass Society band, antique cars, Victorian Ladies Marching Drill Team, floats, kids and more! 

Events at Historic Washington Park continue after the parade from 11 am until 1pm with live music from the Greater Ozarks Bluegrass Society band and The Norman Jackson Band, games, awards, free ice cream, compliments Hiland Dairy and cold drinks compliments Pepsi-Cola.  Trophies will be awarded for the following categories: Best Overall; Best Theme Interpretation; Best Children’s Float; Best Children’s marching Unit; Best Adult Float; and Best Adult Marching Unit.

This year our “Grand Marshall’s” are Springfield police officer Aaron Pearson and Central High choral director, Alberta Smith.  Officer Pearson was seriously injured in January and despite grave predictions from doctors is making a miraculous recovery.  A huge outpouring of public support has helped raise money for Pearson’s recovery.  He will be joined by his wife Amanda.  Alberta Smith, “Smitty” is a long time Midtown resident and MSU Alumni. In her 20 years as choral director at Central High School, Smitty has taken her CHS kids to great heights, including many national and state awards.  She was Springfield Teacher of The Year in 2012-2013.

Parade slots are still available at $10 per entry and $50 for political entries.
Children are invited to march or ride their bicycles in the parade at no charge!

Norman Jackson grew up on the south side of in Chicago, singing in the church where his father was minister, hearing blues, R&B and rock, meeting Sam Cooke and B.B. King, and immersing himself in the city’s rich blues scene. Jackson said he was ordained as a minister at age 22 and began singing and traveling widely in gospel groups. He moved to Springfield around 1990 and joined Don Shipps’ Titanic Blues Band.

Sponsored by The Midtown Neighborhood Association. 
Washington Park is in the 1600 block of north Summit and along with Lafayette Park, is one of Springfield’s oldest two parks; both established in 1869.

For more info or an application please contact us at: midtown.sgf@gmail.com

A look back at last years Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration in Midtown. A big thanks to all volunteers!

The Victorian Christmas Homes Tour

Midtown homeowners graciously open their homes to visitors for a guided tour. Hosts explain the history of the structure and relate information about the home
Midtown 24th Annual Victorian Christmas Homes Tour Friday, December 5, 5pm to 9pm, Saturday, December 6, 12 noon to 5pm Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

Concerts in the Park

In the summer of 2001, Midtown kicked off our "Music in the Park" series. Past performers have included The Garbonzos, Poco Loco, Radio Flyer, Jim & Kim Lansford, Lyal Strickland, and The Gallier Brothers. The concerts and refreshments are free of charge and begin at 6pm. Bring a lawn chair, a picnic dinner and your friends and family. More info here>

The Neighborhood Watch Program

Midtown currently has a Neighborhood Watch Program covering a large part of the neighborhood. Nine households have volunteered to serve as block captains. For more information, please contact Randy Greer (Program Coordinator) at 417.831.5911 or silverado.1@hotmail.com

Neighborhood Wide Cleanup
Spring Clean Up

One of the most popular events for Midtown has been our neighborhood-wide clean-up. May 10, 2014, 8 to noon. We will have dumpsters on the east side of the Cox North Medical Center's east parking lot along Benton Street. We can accept nearly everything EXCEPT- TIRES, PAINTS, CHEMICALS, TURPINTINES (any hazardous liquids) TV'S, COMPUTERS (or anything with a monitor) MICROWAVES, anything with FREON. There is a $3 charge for hot water heater disposal. Curbside pick up returns this year thanks to the help of Drury Students. If you are unable to haul your items to Cox North please call Brian Shipman to arrange for pick up, 880-2855.

Spring clean up in the can!
Over 10 Tons Collected

This years Spring Clean Up was a fantastic success thanks to all Midtown volunteers and partners.
Volunteers managed to fill a total of nine massive open top dumpsters with five dedicated exclusively for brush. 35 Midtown Residence brought debris to the drop off site while another 14 took advantage of free curbside pick up at their homes. Neighbors Kent Brown and Mark Wood chauffeured about 50 Drury Students through Midtown picking up trash along streets and at designated homes.
Our neighborhood is much cleaner today!
Of course the clean up would not be possible without the support from Community Partnership of the Ozarks and their clean up coordinator Amanda Stadler. Once again our great city provided dumpsters and postcard postage to get the word out.
Thanks City of Springfield, CPO, DU and everyone who makes Midtown Springfield’s finest neighborhood!. See the clean up video produced by Drury Student Juan Franco.


Fall Cleanup
November 15 8am - 12 noon these hours are firm Cox North parking lot (NW corner) What we can take;
leaves, yard waste, limbs (limbs must be cut into 3 ft or shorter length)
What we CANNOT take;
No Trash! No Household Items! No Tires!
Need Curb Side Pickup please leave a clear message, address and phone number where you can be reached 880-2855 We can provide some limited raking and bagging assistance for the elderly and disabled.
This clean up is free to Midtown Neighborhood Members. Not a member of the Midtown Neighborhood Association, please consider making a small donation.
If you would like to volunteer, just show up!

Washington Park Cleanup

Another popular cleanup event. More details to come.

The Midtown Neighborhood Association is pleased to announce a scholarship program for a Midtown resident.

For the 8th year, the Midtown Neighborhood Association is pleased to offer a $1,000 scholarship for a high school senior going on to further their education at a two or four year college or university. While it is not a requirement, students that attend local institutions (Drury University, Missouri State University and Ozarks Technical Community College) will be given special consideration. Applicants may be attending any Springfield high school or home school.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION

All questions should be directed to Jana Sisco, Scholarship Chair, 1440 N. Clay, Springfield, MO 65802 (417) 234-7735