Uncle Sam’s birthday is fast approaching, and that only means one thing — it’s almost time for the greatest fireworks show of the year at J.P. Riddle Stadium.

06-29-11-swampdogs.jpgSure, this would be a perfect place for a metaphor for something about lots of baseballs flying out of the ballpark for the Fayetteville SwampDogs, but we’re actu-ally talking about real fireworks to celebrate the birthday of the red, white, and blue. It’s the annual Independence Day fireworks show at J.P. Riddle, and it’s part of the Fayetteville SwampDogs All-Star Summer of Fun.

Tickets for the July 3 game against the Wilson Tobs are scarce, which includes the tribute to honor America and the fireworks extrava-ganza of the summer, following the game. But there are plenty of chances to see your SwampDogs in action this week as they battle Florence and Morehead City for the first-half divi-sion title.

On Thursday, come help the SwampDogs go “green” at their fourth annual Green Night as the Edenton Steamers make their only trip to Fayetteville. The first 500 fans will receive a reusable tote bag courtesy of Fayetteville PWC, FAMPO and Restore Warehouse. It’s also Methodist night, so wear your green as part of Green Night to show your support for the Monarchs.

Keeping with the theme, Friday is Recycle Night presented by DEX. The first 500 fans into the ballpark for the game against the Columbia Blowfish will receive a logo baseball courtesy of DEX, and any fan that brings their DEX phonebook to the ballpark will be entered into a prize drawing. It’s also Opening Night Part II, with tons of games and prizes to celebrate the start of the second half of the season.

Then on Sunday it’s all about celebrating the birth of America. Gates open at 5 p.m. for the special 7:05 p.m. start time against Wilson, so get to the park early to celebrate everything that is the 4th of July.

There’s no better place to celebrate Independence Day — or any other beautiful summer evening — than with the Fayetteville SwampDogs as part of the All-Star Summer of Fun at J.P. Riddle Stadium.

Photo: There’s no better place to celebrate Independence Day — or any other beautiful summer evening — than with the Fayetteville SwampDogs.

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