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Fourth of July Festivities at Dodger Stadium Include Fireworks and Military Tributes
07/01/2011 5:52 PM ET

The Dodgers return home on the Fourth of July for their last homestand before the All-Star Break. The team will play four games against the New York Mets (Monday, July 4 - Thursday, July 7) and a weekend series against the San Diego Padres (Friday, July 8-Sunday, July 10).

The homestand kicks off with Fourth of July Fireworks, presented by Bank of America, and also includes an Andre Ethier Bobblehead giveaway on July 7, presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino.

Monday, July 4 vs. New York Mets - 6:10 p.m.

Auto and stadium gates will open early at 3:40 p.m.

Fans at Monday's game can enjoy Fourth of July Fireworks presented by Bank of America from the field following the game.

In honor of the Fourth of July, the Joint Services will present the colors, a giant flag will be displayed by Navy and Marine Corps soldiers on the field during pre-game ceremonies. US Coast Guard Second Class Machinery Technician Mike Dalager will sing the National Anthem.

Marine Sergeant Alan Michaels will be honored as the Veteran of the Game and then throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Sergeant Michaels is currently stationed at Camp Pendleton and is slowly regaining the use of his leg after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan. Michaels was initially told he might never walk the same again, but recently started running. He was surprised with the news that he would be honored at Dodger Stadium earlier this week at Camp Pendleton.

Before the game, Bank of America will present a check to Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit organization that sends care packages to troops around the world, for $7,500. Bank of America and Dodger volunteers recently assembled 300 troop care kits at Dodger Stadium and at Monday's game, four locations will be set up around the stadium so that fans can write notes to the troops for Operation Gratitude. A representative of Operation Gratitude will also throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

In addition, 125 veterans from the Iraqi and Afghanistan Veterans of America and their families will attend Monday's game and be introduced in center field during pregame ceremonies. The group will receive tickets to the game, a t-shirt and food and drink vouchers. Windell, the Miller High Life spokesperson, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch along with Marine veteran Sherman Watson. Watson served three deployments in Iraq and while overseas, earned three purple hearts and a Navy Achievement Medal.

The Dodgers and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation will commemorate Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday at Dodger Stadium on Monday. A video tribute to Ronald Reagan narrated by Vin Scully will be shown during pre-game ceremonies, DodgerVision will feature Reagan "Did you know?" trivia throughout the game and President Reagan's favorite treat, Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, will be given away to fans at the game after Fourth of July Fireworks. Reagan Centennial tickets are available at www.dodgers.com/reagan.

The July edition of Dodgers Magazine debuts on the Fourth of July with All-Star pitchers Fernando Valenzuela and Chad Billingsley on the cover. The magazine features Billingsley sharing how his father has influenced his career, takes a look back at Fernandomania and details Valenzuela and Billingsley's day golfing in the Dodgers Dream Foundation Charity Golf Invitational. Fans can purchase Dodgers Magazine at all merchandise stands at Dodger Stadium, online at dodgers.com/magazine or by calling 877-258-3062.

The seventh edition of Dodgers Playbill makes its debut on Monday as well and features Andre Ethier on the cover. Inside, fans will get information on upcoming promotions, ticket specials and other great offers. Fans receive the playbill free at all parking gates upon entry into the Dodger Stadium lots.

Tuesday, July 5 vs. New York Mets - 7:10 p.m.

Dodgers Youth Baseball Camp presented by Kaiser Permanente begins Tuesday and will take place through Friday, July 8. At 1:45 p.m. each day during the session, a Dodger player will speak to the group. Jamey Carroll is scheduled to meet with campers on Tuesday.

Rock star Gene Simmons of "Kiss" will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Five Korean Professional Baseball League team presidents and Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) executives will be guests of the Dodgers at Tuesday's game. Teams represented will be the 2010 Champion SK Wyverns, Doo San Bears, LG Twins, Hanhwa Eagles and NC Dinos.

Wednesday, July 6 vs. New York Mets - 7:10 p.m.

The California Youth Spirit Corp (CYSC) will perform on the field during pre-game ceremonies and more than 1,600 CYSC members and supporters will be at Wednesday's game. CYSC, which is based in Moreno Valley, has provided the community with a top-notch youth cheer program designed to build the confidence, coordination and self-esteem of its students for 23 years.

L.A. Galaxy player Omar Gonzalez will throw out an honorary first pitch. Gonzalez was the Galaxy's 2010 Defender of the Year and an MLS All-Star. He also earned MLS Rookie of the Year honors in 2009 and made his international debut in August with the U.S. National Team.

Parvarti Shallow, winner of the television show "Survivor: Micronesia," will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. She is originally from Vero Beach, Florida and is the host of the new online show "Around the World for Free."

A group from the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollenbeck Division's Cadet Program will meet with Dodger broadcaster Fernando Valenzuela before the game as part of the Los Amigos de Fernando program. Valenzuela will sign autographs for the group and they will watch batting practice from the field, enjoy the game and receive program t-shirts. The Cadet Program works with the LAPD to help instill discipline, leadership, academic excellence and life-skills in all youth participants and seeks to empower students to maximize their personal, scholastic and their life potential.

Thursday, July 7 vs. New York Mets - 7:10 p.m.

Fans at Thursday's game will receive Andre Ethier Bobbleheads presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino. The bobblehead will feature Ethier dressed in a Dodgers' 1940s-era throwback jersey. Remaining dates that the Dodgers will wear their throwback jerseys include Wednesday, August 10 and Wednesday, August 31.

In honor of Ethier's bobblehead night, his father Byron will throw out a ceremonial first pitch with Andre's sons Dreson and Retton alongside him.

Television personality Mary Hart will perform God Bless America during the seventh inning stretch and be honored as a long-time Dodger fan.

Friday, July 8 vs. San Diego Padres - 7:10 p.m.

Barry Weiss, star of the television show "Storage Wars" on A&E will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Following Friday's game, fans can enjoy Friday Night Fireworks from the field, presented by Pizza Hut. Fans will be able to take in fireworks at Dodger Stadium following each Friday home game this season.

Saturday, July 9 vs. San Diego Padres - 1:10 p.m.

Saturday's game will be televised on FOX.

Saturday is Japanese Community Night at Dodger Stadium and former Nissei Week Queen Lauren Kinkade will sing the National Anthem and God Bless America. Japanese-American actress Tamlyn Tomita, who is also a former Nissei Week Queen, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. The 2010 Nissei Week Queen and Court will be introduced during pregame ceremonies and Daion Taiko will perform a traditional drum performance before the game. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.dodgers.com/japan.

Sunday, July 10 vs. San Diego Padres - 1:10 p.m.

Sunday is a Viva Los Dodgers Day, presented by State Farm, Time Warner Cable and Chevrolet. Starting two hours prior to each Sunday game, fans can enjoy live music and a family-friendly celebration in Lot 6 and admission is free with a ticket to the game. The initiative culminates with La Gran Fiesta: Viva Los Dodgers on Saturday, Sept. 17. This Sunday, La Santa Cecilia will perform. For more information, visit www.dodgers.com/viva or www.losdodgers.com/viva.

The first 15,000 kids age 15 and under at the game will receive a voucher for a free kids ticket to Universal Studios Hollywood (with adult purchase). The California Youth Spirit Corp (CYSC) will again perform on the field during pre-game ceremonies and more than 3,300 CYSC members and supporters will be at Sunday's game. Sunday is Jewish Community Day at Dodger Stadium and approximately 1,000 members of the Jewish community will be in attendance at the game. Former Dodger Shawn Green will sign copies of his book, "The Way of Baseball: Finding Stillness at 95 mph," in the right field team store before the game and all groups of 50 or more at the game will receive a free copy. Green will also throw out a ceremonial first pitch and Cantor Jessica Hutchings will perform the National Anthem and God Bless America. Kosher food options will be available at Dodger Stadium on Sunday and tickets to the game are available at www.dodgers.com/jewish.

Jr. Dodger Broadcasters will call the game from the Vin Scully Press Box. Fans can listen to the Jr. Dodgers Broadcast at www.dodgers.com/jrdodgers.

Following the game, children age 14 and under can participate in Kids Run the Bases.

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