Take Me Out ... to 4th of July at these Ballparks
On the 4th of July, going to a baseball game is no longer just a fun outing; it’s your patriotic duty. America’s birthday is the perfect time to enjoy America’s pastime (along with a hot dog and, if it’s sold in your stadium, apple pie). All 30 Major League teams are playing this Independence Day and many ballparks are planning big bashes that will celebrate America’s 238th birthday, honor the military and, in some parks, commemorate the 75th anniversary of baseball’s most heartbreaking moment.
Here’s our look at the ballparks (and one museum) where you’ll want to be on July 4.
(Photo: Adam Fagen/Flickr)
Washington Nationals: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
In our Nation’s Capital, the Nationals host the Chicago Cubs on July 4 which, appropriately, is one of the Nats’ 2014 “Patriotic Series” honoring America’s military members and first responders. Nats players will be decked out in their patriotic uniforms (complete with stars and stripes on their “W” team logo). And each fan who attends the game will get an American flag, which they’ll certainly put to good use at the bottom of the 3rd inning when the Nats host an In-Game Military Salute to America’s fighting forces.
They’re not just for home runs anymore; post-game fireworks are planned on July 4th at the home of the Chicago White Sox (Photo: Sean Brim/Flickr)
Chicago White Sox: U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago
Like many stadiums hosting evening ballgames, Cellular Field plans to cap off its matchup against the Seattle Mariners with a big fireworks display. And, like other teams hosting 4th of July games, the White Sox are taking the opportunity to thank servicemen and women. In addition to an in-game tribute, there’s also a pre-game ceremony with military members taking the field with the players. The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Lieutenant Commander James Gennari, who received a Bronze Star for heroically removing a live grenade from a Marine’s leg in Afghanistan.
Lou Gehrig during his famous farewell speech on July 4, 1939 (Photo: Getty Images)