Columbia Fireflies to start their own July 4th tradition

Originally published July 2, 2016 at: http://coladaily.com/2016/07/02/columbia-fireflies-to-start-their-own-july-4th-tradition/

BY: Cola Daily staff

The Columbia Fireflies want to introduce a new Midlands tradition to celebrate America’s birthday.

The team will host in-state rival the Charleston RiverDogs (New York Yankees) this Monday for an Independence Day matchup. Gates will open at 5 p.m., with first pitch at 7:05 p.m.

“This is a terrific opportunity for families across the Midlands to start a new Independence Day tradition at Spirit Communications Park,” said Fireflies Team President John Katz. “Baseball, hot dogs and fireworks are better when enjoyed with your family, neighbors and friends.”

Mini-American flags will be given away to the first 3,000 fans in attendance. All fans can enjoy a pre-game concert featuring Columbia’s own 76 and Sunny at the Budweiser Bowtie Bar in center field from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Kids of all ages are invited to take part in the stadium’s first-ever “Hoppy Hour,” as all unlimited play wristbands in the State Credit Union Kids Zone will be half price from 5 to 7 p.m.

July Fourth is also a Fireflies’ Military Monday, which means fans will get $2 off All-Star & Reserved Tickets with military ID.

And it wouldn’t be the Fourth of July without fireworks.

The Fireflies have planned a special Independence Day fireworks show that will take place after the game. The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Kids Run the Bases also is scheduled post-game.

Tickets start at $5 on the Bojangles’ Berm, and fans can purchase tickets to Monday’s Fourth of July contest at the box office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets also can by purchases online or by calling (803) 726-HITS.