CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs invite fans to watch America's pastime, honor military heroes and celebrate the Fourth of July weekend at Wrigley Field. The team will lead a celebratory toast to the enhanced Budweiser Bleachers July 3 and host military tributes and post-game fireworks inside Wrigley Field July 4. Kids Sundays continue July 5 with a youth giveaway and kids-run-the-bases post-game to complete the three-game series vs. the Miami Marlins.
The Fourth of July fireworks show presented by Weber Sauces and Seasonings will headline a holiday celebration that also includes a Cubs Camo Cap presented by Magellan Corporation for the first 10,000 fans. The "Magellan Military Heroes Day" will feature an extended pregame ceremony featuring an oversized American flag displayed on the field by 100 members of the USO of Illinois, a military "Take the Field" experience, decorative bunting in the ballpark and patriotic uniforms for both teams on the field.
Fans can enjoy post-game fireworks exactly 100 years to the date after the Chicago Whales held an evening of entertainment at then-Weeghman Park in 1915, including music, dancing and a fireworks show. Fans may remain in their seats during a short intermission after the game and fireworks will be launched from various points inside the ballpark. This year's celebration, weather permitting, will mark the first ever post-game fireworks show hosted by the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
The day prior, the team will open its homestand by celebrating the newly enhanced Budweiser Bleachers and opening of Platform 14, a new outdoor concession area located behind the historic center field scoreboard. Budweiser Bleacher guests 21-and-older will receive a patriotic Cubs tank top (available in two sizes) as part of the afternoon's "Red, White and Brew" Budweiser Friday event, which also includes patriotic music, lively summer hits and classic American fare. Guests 21-and-older also will receive a commemorative stein for an honorary toast to the Budweiser Bleachers, led by former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, to kick off the 7th inning stretch. Broadcasters Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies will lead the television broadcast from the new Left Field Porch in the bleachers that afternoon.
On Sunday, July 5, Kids Sundays will continue with an Anthony Rizzo Life-Size Fabric Growth Chart presented by ATI Physical Therapy for the first 5,000 children age 13-and-younger. The first 1,000 kids 13-and-younger can run the bases post-game, weather permitting.
"Between our post-game fireworks, exciting promotional giveaways and a toast to the famous Budweiser Bleachers, we can't think of a better way to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend in Chicago than watching America's pastime at Wrigley Field," said Cubs Vice President of Sales and Partnerships Colin Faulkner.
Tickets remain available for the holiday weekend at www.cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).