Where to watch fireworks this Fouth of July

Here's a list of places you can go to in the Ozarks to watch fireworks this year.


Friday, June 28 at J.R. Martin Park (300 E. Hines St., Republic)

Sky High Fireworks Celebration
Saturday, June 29 at Nixa High School (514 S. Nicholas Rd., Nixa)

Honor America at College of the Ozarks
Saturday, June 29 at College of the Ozarks (100 Opportunity Ave., Point Lookout)

Sparks in the Park
Saturday, June 29 at Ash Grove City Park (300 E. Parkway St., Ash Grove)

Fireburst Fireworks over Table Rock Lake
Tuesday, July 2 at Kimberling City Bridge

Branson Landing’s Liberty Light Up Celebration
Wednesday, July 3 at Branson Landing (100 Branson Landing Blvd., Branson)

Purdy Community Picnic and Firework Show
Wednesday, July 3 at The Gathering Place (100 Business 37, Purdy)

Bolivar’s Celebration of Freedom
Thursday, July 4 at Southwest Baptist University (1600 University Ave., Bolivar)

Chadwick’s Fourth of July Fireworks
Thursday, July 4 at Chadwick Community Building (122 Oriole Dr.) and the Chadwick Rural Fire Department (6419 MO 125)

Marshfield Independence Day Parade
Thursday, July 4 in Marshfield

Rockaway’s Rockin’ 4th of July
Thursday, July 4 in Rockaway Beach

Ft. Leonard Wood’s Independence Day Celebration
Thursday, July 4 at Gammon Field (800 Iowa Ave., Fort Leonard Wood)

Big Cedar Lodge 4th of July Patriotic Picnic
Thursday, July 4 at Big Cedar Lodge’s Grandview Conference Center (190 Top of the Rock Rd., Ridgedale)

Hollister’s 4th of July Fireworks Show
Thursday, July 4 at Hollister Municipal Airport (60 Airport Dr., Hollister)

Fans-On-the Field Patriotic Fireworks Celebration
Thursday, July 4 at Hammons Field (955 E. Trafficway St., Springfield)

Chateau on the Lake’s Independence Day Celebration
Saturday, July 6 at Chateau on the Lake (415 N. State Highway 265, Branson)

Fireworks Over the Water and Duck Derby
Saturday, July 6 at Pomme de Terre Lake Dam (Hermitage)




Q102 presents In This Moment and Avatar, August 11th, 2024, at the Shrine Mosque!

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Q102 welcomes Hawthorne Heights to the Walmart AMP on July 28th.

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UPDATED: It's hotter than Hades! Find relief from the heat at these area locations

It's going to get real hot in the coming days and here is some information on how you can protect yourself and your pets from the heat:

To protect people against heat-related illness:

  • Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty; avoid drinks that contain alcohol or caffeine. Also, avoid very cold drinks because they can cause stomach cramps
  • Avoid strenuous work or exercise outside during the hottest part of the day. If that is not practical, take frequent breaks and remember to drink plenty of water.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Protect yourself from the sun with a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels).
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle
  • Check on friends and neighbors—Especially older adults and individuals with a disability or chronic health conditions, as heat is more likely to affect their health. If you find an emergency situation - call 911. In a non-emergency situation, if a senior or disabled adult is suspected of being in need of assistance due to warm weather, make a call. Make a difference. Call the toll-free Missouri Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-392-0210
  • Know the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness—What to do matters, depending on type of illness occurring. Signs of heat exhaustion may include heavy sweating; cold, pale and clammy skin; dizziness; headache; muscle cramps; tiredness or weakness; nausea or vomiting; or fainting (passing out). If you think you or others are experiencing heat exhaustion, you should stop physical activity and move to a cool place that is preferably air-conditioned, loosen clothing, and sip cool water.
  • Seek medical attention immediately if you or others are throwing up, your symptoms get worse or symptoms last longer than one hour. Heat stroke is life-threatening and occurs when the body is unable to control its temperature or cool down. Signs of heat stroke may include extremely high body temperature (103°F or higher); hot, red, dry skin with no sweat; fast, strong pulse; throbbing headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion; or loss of consciousness (passing out). You should call 911 right away, as heat stroke is a medical emergency. Then, if you are able, move to a cool place that is preferably air-conditioned. Help lower the person’s body temperature with cool clothes or a cool bath until medical personnel arrive. Do not give the person anything to drink.

Pet owners should also follow these tips to keep animals safe in the heat:

  • Do not leave a pet unattended in a hot car.
  • Always make sure pets have access to cool, clean, fresh water as well as adequate food and shelter.
  • Walk your dog in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler. If you must walk mid-day, shorten the distance. And keep your dog in the grass as much as possible, as hot sidewalks can burn the pads of their feet.
  • Do not leave a dog outdoors unattended on a chain or tether. Long-term chaining during the summer can result in countless insect bites, dehydration, and heat stroke.
  • If you see a child, pet, or unresponsive adult in a closed, parked vehicle, immediately call 911. For more information on staying safe in the heat, visit health.springfieldmo.gov/heat.


If you are out and about in town and you need a place to cool down for a bit, or perhaps you know someone who needs some relief from the heat, here's a list of cooling centers in Springfield:

Cooling Centers

  • Ash Grove Branch Library, 101 E. Main St., Ash Grove
  • Fair Grove Branch Library, 81 S. Orchard Blvd., Fair Grove
  • Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway, Springfield
  • Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, Springfield
  • Republic Branch Library, 921 N. Lindsey Ave., Republic
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library, 2214 S. Brentwood Blvd., Springfield
  • Strafford Branch Library, 101 MO-125, Strafford
  • Willard Branch Library, 304 E. Jackson St., Willard
  • Rare Breed Youth Services, 301 N. Main Ave., Springfield
  • Library Center, 4653 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield.

Additionally, the following locations are open and available as emergency cooling centers during heat advisories:

  • Ash Grove Sunshine Center, 310 N. Perryman Ave., Ash Grove
  • Chesterfield Family Center, 2511 W. Republic Road, Springfield
  • Dan Kinney Family Center, 2701 S. Blackman Road, Springfield
  • Doling Family Center, 301 E. Talmage St., Springfield
  • Fair Grove Senior Center, 122 S. Orchard Blvd., Fair Grove
  • Republic Senior Friendship Center, 210 E. Hines St., Republic
  • Salvation Army Springfield, 1701 W. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield
  • South Side Senior Center, 2215 S. Fremont Ave., Springfield
  • Strafford Senior Center, 201 W. Bumgarner Blvd., Strafford.

Click the link below for a map of cooling centers in Missouri:
Before you go to the cooling center, verify the open times on the website, whether it’s ADA accessible, and whether it offers transportation to and from the facility.

Leslie's Playlist: World Goth Day 2024

May 22nd is World Goth Day and to celebrate, I wanted to share some of the songs that are on my Goth playlist. I didn't have the time to put them all on here, we'd be here for days if that was the case, so I just picked a few for you to enjoy.


HARD PASS: Eating Cicadas

Uhh.... Hell no! No thank you. I'm good.

Everyone seems to be concerned with the fact that the cicadas are starting to emerge. It's something that happens every year, so I'm not really sure why people are like "the cicadas are coming, the cicadas are coming!" Every time I see some article about how these little bugs are making their return, it just reminds me of the people who have to make posts on Facebook when it starts snowing.

But I digress...

The real point for this post is the fact that this article says that Chris Hartley, Manager of Living Collections at the Butterfly House in St. Louis says that he "plans to lead an upcoming public event in which people will be able to eat cicadas.

“They can be sautéed, deep fried, baked, put on pizza, they can be put on ice cream,”

“They taste a surprising amount like shrimp. Because shrimp and crab and their relatives are all insect relatives, they’re like cousins to each other.”

Hartley also adds that cicadas are high in protein and low in cholesterol, and offer cleaner diets than their distant cousins, which frequently feed on decomposing matter.

I'm gonna have to give this a hard pass. No thank  you.


The Eclipse is over. Now what?

The North American solar eclipse of 2024 is over but, what do we do with our glasses now? Rather than throwing them away, why not donate them to school children in South America so they can see the eclipse in October 2024?

Eclipse Glasses USA ensures that children in various countries can marvel at this celestial event without risking their eyesight. The company will send glasses to schools in South America so children can see the eclipse.

Ship your glasses to:

Eclipse Glasses USA
PO Box 50571
Provo, UT 84605

Check out the details below for more info!

Drury University Accounting Students will help you file your taxes for FREE!

Tax time sucks. There's just no "nice" way to put it. But if you want help with your taxes, the accounting students at Drury University will help you for free!

According to a release from Drury, the annual service is open to the public and designed to benefit low-income taxpayers.

Clinics will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Monday, Feb. 5
  • Monday, Feb. 12
  • Monday, Feb. 19
  • Monday, Feb. 26

The tax service is located at an IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site and accepts mostly walk-ins. The site is located at the C.H. “Chub” O’Reilly Enterprise Center (at the corner of Central Street and Drury Lane).

All returns will be filed electronically unless the IRS requires a manual return and taxpayers must be available to sign any necessary forms.

More information about the tax clinics, documents needed to file a return and taxpayers who may not be eligible for assistance is available on Drury’s website.

Community members with questions can also contact Cossey at 417-873-7383 or by emailing tcossey@drury.edu.


Leslie talks with Comedians Alex Ortiz & Anthony Fuentes

Comedians Alex Ortiz and Anthony Fuentes will be at Club Rodeo TONIGHT January 24th. Go check them out! Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 8!

Check out the FULL interview Leslie did with Alex and Anthony!