Not A Baseball Fan? Go To A Fourth Of July Game
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – If you claim you are not a baseball fan, you probably aren’t in the minority, but before passing final judgment – go to a game on the Fourth of July.
It’s no secret baseball has a shrinking fan base. According to Forbes, Major League Baseball experienced a four percent drop in attendance between 2017 and 2018.
Total attendance dipped below 70 million in 2018 for the first time since 2003.
These stats surprise me because baseball, whether watched in-person or on television, has given me some precious memories.
Baseball: A Family Tradition
I grew up a baseball fan, in a family where we spent our summers watching nearly every game the Colorado Rockies played – all 162 of them.
We took eight-hour road trips, multiple times a year, to see Colorado Rockies games. Those evenings and afternoons at Coors Field in downtown Denver are my favorite family moments. The best evenings were the ones that were followed by a fireworks show.
All I see is fireworks 🎆
All I see is fireworks 💥
Every night it's fireworks 🎇 pic.twitter.com/LAOOnwFt6O
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) July 3, 2019
I wish I could bottle up the feeling of being at a game during the Fourth of July weekend and share it with everyone who says they don’t like baseball.
A game, major league or not, is one of the best ways to spend Independence Day.
A baseball game with popcorn, fireworks and family just feels like the right place to be. I truly don’t remember which games the Rockies won and which ones they lost, but I do remember how happy I was to be there.
Get To A Game
You don’t have to drive eight hours or pay major league prices to get the experience. The Salt Lake Bees Fourth of July weekend celebrations are just as good (I’ve been).
The Bees have a four-game homestand against the El Paso Chihuahuas. Three of those games are followed by fireworks.
We are running out of tickets for our fireworks games on July 4, 5 and 6. Get your tickets online and avoid the box office lines!
🇺🇸July 4: https://t.co/y7rciKiXo3
🇺🇸July 5: https://t.co/iPCwu5sLnA
🇺🇸July 6: https://t.co/8lNDaqv3Ne pic.twitter.com/uxn5FuHs5a
— Salt Lake Bees (@SaltLakeBees) July 3, 2019
The Orem Owlz and the Ogden Raptors, other Minor League Baseball teams in Utah have fireworks shows throughout the week and weekend in celebration of the Fourth of July. Details can be found on the teams’ websites.