Fourth of July Weekend: Star Spangled Sparks

It’s the Monday back from an incredible holiday weekend, celebrating freedom and patriotism in all shapes and forms. Some may have camped out on a beach, others BBQing with family, or maybe you watched a spectacular fireworks show with friends.

I was at work, and while I was sad I couldn’t spend time with my family at their annual BBQ, I was able to take part in putting on the largest fireworks show in the Northern Nevada Region at John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

Star Spangled Sparks is a 14-year-long tradition involving delicious food vendors, fun carnival rides and games, and of course concluding with an amazing fireworks show. As a young girl, my family would always hike the few blocks from out house to the Nugget, toting along our lawn chairs and tupperware of cut up watermelon, to watch the breathtaking show.

This year, I got a behind-the-scenes look at the event, starting with a trip to the rooftop the day before to see the team of pyros and explosive enthusiasts setting up dozens of crates of fireworks.


The following day, the 4th of July, the event kicked off at about 2 p.m. as vendors began opening up shop. I, of course, had to stop by the caramel apple booth to see my good friend who gave me a free taste of a Butterfingers Caramel Apple. Side note, it is always worthwhile to make friends with your event vendors 😉

As the sun was setting, the Buddy Emmer Band started playing through the night with some amazing cover songs. My crew and I were posted up near the stage, so we got to see the band and the crowd, who were all crazy dancing machines!

The band finished, and Stephen Ascuaga took the stage to call out a test shot. We got the radio cue from the rooftop pyros that the conditions were good, and the show began. It was absolutely spectacular.

The long day was well worth it in the end, and I had the best seat in the house to watch the show. Check out the gallery below for more shots of the show. From my crew in the Special Events and Marketing department, Happy (belated) Independence Day!


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