2013 Park Day Announcements

Raw Dawgs from St. Louis, MO has been announced as the band performing at the 2013 Park Day Dance.

The 2013 dance is taking place on August 3, from 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM at the Howard Johnson Convention Center. Tickets are $15.00 per person in advance, $20.00 per person at the door.

Also, get ready to put a little glide in your slide, because it's only going to be happy feelings in the air as Mr. Big Stuff himself, the world famous Smooth DJ Hunt will be providing the music for 2013 Park Day Hospitality on August 2, from 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM. Hospitality is also taking place at the Howard Johnson Convention Center. Tickets are $5.00 per person for ages 5-17, and $10.00 per person for ages 18 and above.

2013 Clifton Moore, Jr. Minority Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Roy Harding, Jr., son of Roy and Heidi Harding has been awarded the 2013 Clifton Moore, Jr. Minority Memorial Scholarship.

Harding is a recent graduate of Hillcrest High School and will be attending Drury University in Springfield, MO this fall. Harding plans to pursue a major in Accounting.

Park Day '13 - Save The Date!

Mark your calendar for August 2, 3 and 4 for Park Day 2013! The theme for this year is "Unity in the Community."

Howard Johnson Convention Center (formerly Clarion) will be the location for Hospitality and the Park Day Dance. Guest room rates are $59 for single or double occupancy, $69 for three or more per room and $99 for suites. This includes a "full" complimentary breakfast! Just ask for the Springfield Reunion Club block when making your reservation in order to get this rate!

Blacks in Springfield learned of their emancipation from slavery August 4, 1865 and the picnic started as a get together to celebrate their freedom.. This celebration was going on long before Silver Springs was set aside as a park for Springfield blacks. Through the years it has evolved from a one day celebration to the three day Park Day celebration we know today. Many activities have been added from the bathing beauty pageant in 1953, the first formal scholarship dance in 1975 to the Park Day parade in 2004, just to name a few.

Park Day has always been a community activity and has become a diverse celebration today. By supporting it and being a part of the activities , you help ensure that it will continue for generations to come. We need "Unity in the Community" starting this year for it to survive!

Park Day '13 - Parade

The 10th annual Park Day Parade will be held on Saturday, August 3. It was started in 2004 by the Ladies Civic League as an attempt to bring more community involvement to the celebration. Over the years it has grown to include a diverse representation from the community. The Central High school Kilties have consistently performed and the Marching Cobras of Kansas City were special guests for a couple of years. The 2012 parade was led by the Springfield Fire Department Color Guard.

Community participated is always welcome to help make the Park Day Parade fun and exciting, The assembly location is the intersection of Webster and Sherman.

Park Day '13 - Souvenir Book

The Park Day Souvenir Book is a very popular item. It is included in the price of admission to Hospitality and to the Park Day Reunion Dance. As with everything else, it too has evolved over the years. What started as a black and white book is now one which includes several pages in full color!

It is a major fundraiser for Springfield Reunion Club with all proceeds going to support Park Day Weekend. Ads can be purchased to welcome visitors to Park Day, place a memorial for a loved one or to advertise a church or a business.

Park Day '13 - Beauty Pageant

The Miss Silver Springs Beauty Pageant is the highlight and finale of Park Day Weekend. Robert Wendell Duncan started the contest in 1953--at a time when women of color were not allowed to participate in other contests like Miss Missouri or Miss America. Young ladies in swim suits and high heels would walk around the swimming pool and a panel of judges would crown one as Miss Silver Springs. Over the years it has been expanded to include categories of Little Miss Silver Springs and Jr. Miss Silver Springs.