In the late 1950s and '60s, the Springfield community held an annual celebration that consisted of food, games, fireworks, music and lots of family fun. Most of the festivities were held in the big field at Old Keene Mill Road and Commerce Street in Central Springfield—where Springfield Plaza stands today.
In the early days of our community, Springfield’s annual event was held on the Fourth of July and organized by service organizations and local businesses. As the community continued to grow and thrive, so did our annual celebrations, local infrastructure and county services. The July event migrated away and in came Springfield Days, now held the weekend following Memorial Day.
Twenty-five years ago, the business and civic community began the new tradition—Springfield Days—connecting the business and residential community through a retail tradeshow, sidewalk sales and special events in a single weekend. That tradition has evolved throughout the years into a full-blown community-wide celebration that harkens back to the good old days. The business community, Fairfax County Park Authority and various service organizations are now teamed up to offer the very best in family fun and entertainment.
Springfield Days 2012 begins Thursday evening, May 31, with children’s rides and entertainment on the Loisdale Road side of the Springfield Mall parking lot. The rides continue through Sunday evening, June 3.
Saturday begins with the Springfield 15K/5K, followed by the grand opening of the Springfield Farmers Market and a full day of family-friendly and pet-friendly activities at South Run RECenter.
The famous Cardboard Boat Regatta will be held at Lake Accotink Park on Sunday, capping off this fun-filled weekend.
For more information about event times and locations visit www.springfielddays.com.