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Blue Wahoos To Have Fourth Of July Redo With Same Sizzle, Better Timing 

After Covid-19 surge and other concerns postponed the July 4 show at Blue Wahoos Stadium, it will happen on Saturday with the same movie, same mass fireworks display. (Nino Mendez)
August 7, 2020

The Blue Wahoos on Saturday will retry the Fourth of July with an event featuring a popular baseball movie and the season’s largest fireworks show. It’s now called the “Summer Spectacular” at Blue Wahoos Stadium. “Same thing, just a few weeks behind, right?” said Shannon Reeves, the Blue Wahoos events

The Blue Wahoos on Saturday will retry the Fourth of July with an event featuring a popular baseball movie and the season’s largest fireworks show.

It’s now called the “Summer Spectacular” at Blue Wahoos Stadium.

“Same thing, just a few weeks behind, right?” said Shannon Reeves, the Blue Wahoos events sales manager. “We are still making it happen. We’re still going to have fun for everyone.”

The movie “Sandlot” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. followed by a lengthy fireworks show that will be choreographed with sound and co-sponsored by Cat Country 98.7 and Covenant Care.

Gates will open at 5:30. Tickets purchased for the original Fourth of July event can be used Saturday. Or new tickets can be purchased for $10 general admission. There are also upgrade price options that include dinner and soft drinks in the Hancock-Whitney Club and the Winn-Dixie Party Deck at the stadium.

The Blue Wahoos postponed the Fourth of July event -- days in advance -- due to a rising number of coronavirus cases throughout the area, along with projected inclement weather.

The timing for Saturday was in consideration of area schools originally set to open next week, but that has now changed to later in the month.

“We’ve certainly had to shift a few times, for sure,” said Reeves, smiling. “Just as we’ve been having to do since March . And every day is different in the same way everyone is trying to deal with this. We’re trying to stay flexible in what we are doing.

“We are closing out summer and it’s a chance for families to come out. What would have been a Fourth of July event, we’re doing the same thing now (on Saturday).”

One change is people will be required to wear masks before entering the ballpark. Ticket holders can remove masks once settled into the stadium seats or if they go on the field and sit on blankets to enjoy the movie and fireworks from the infield or outfield.

Masks will be provided upon entrance if someone does not have one.

“Once you are sitting down, then you can take the mask off to be around your friends or family, but we are asking when people go to the concession stands, or use the restrooms, or walk along the concourse, that they keep masks on for safety,” Reeves said.

The Blue Wahoos already purchased the fireworks along with commitment to the food for the event.

“And it’s not like you can return fireworks,” said team president Jonathan Griffith. “We’re excited to bring our massive, Fourth of July fireworks show to our fans, even if it’s a few weeks late.

“A big thanks goes out to Covenant Care and Cat Country 98.7 for helping us reschedule and transform our Independence Day event.”

Reeves has spent the entire spring and summer rescheduling or cancelling events due to the global coronavirus pandemic. This is one she’s glad can still occur, one month and four days later.

“We’re really trying to toe the line between wanting to give people a good experience, an outlet, entertainment and a chance to come out and have fun, but also while being responsible, sensitive and safe,” Reeves said.
That has been our biggest priority through this whole thing… keeping people safe.

“As much as we wanted to keep the Fourth of July event as it was back then, it just wasn’t safe. It was not appropriate at that time. The COVID cases were spiking and it wasn’t a safe environment. We feel things are safer now.”

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Blue Wahoos Summer Spectacular

WHEN: Saturday, gates open at 5:30, movie begins at 6:30 and fireworks to follow.

WHERE: Blue Wahoos Stadium.

MOVIE: Sandlot

TICKETS: $10 general admission. Can be purchased online at www.bluewahoos.com or at the stadium box office.

UPGRADES: For $35 apiece, an All-American buffet on the Winn-Dixie Party Deck includes admission, hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans, cole slaw and other foods plus water or soft drinks. For $55, a dining experience at the Hancock Whitney Club level featuring a surf and turf dinner prepared by Blue Wahoos executive chef Travis Wilson, along with soft drinks, water and extra purchase for alcoholic beverages.