|Rain or Shine: Post-Race Fireworks Tuesday
& Wednesday at Lone Star
Two of the biggest days of the Spring
Thoroughbred Season will be Tuesday (July 3) and Wednesday (July 4) as
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie stages its 11th annual Lone Stars &
Stripes Fireworks Celebration - rain or shine. Special 5 p.m. twilight
racing programs on both days will precede one of the most spectacular
fireworks shows in North Texas to help celebrate the Fourth of July holiday.
The post-race holiday fireworks extravaganzas - each synchronized to
a rousing patriotic soundtrack (courtesy of 93.3 The Bone on Tuesday and
99.5 FM The Wolf on Wednesday) - will begin at the conclusion of live
racing at approximately 9:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. Onlookers will get an up-close
look and feel the power of the 20-minute pyrotechnics shows because the
fireworks are launched from the nearby racetrack infield. Also, an enhanced
sound system with plenty of speaker stacks that extend from the top of
the stretch to the finish line will be put in place.
General admission to the Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebrations
is just $3. Children under three are admitted free. General parking is
$2. Grandstand admission gates open at 3 p.m. both days.
ACTIVITIES FOR ENTIRE FAMILY
In addition to the fireworks shows and exciting live racing - nine races
each night - there will be plenty of entertainment beginning at 3 p.m.
in the racetrack's outdoor sun-shaded Courtyard of Champions (located
between the west end of Grandstand and Post Time Pavilion) and Family
Fun Park (west end of the facility). Activities for the entire family
include pony rides, a petting zoo, interactive games, bounce houses, giant
slides, arts and craft vendors, face painters and temporary tattoo and
"butt-sketch" artists. There also will be a stocked 3,500-gallon
fish tank so the entire family can fish for fun between races.
Around 4:30 p.m. each day, there will be special color guard presentations
and patriotic performances of the National Anthem and "God Bless
America." Also, the facility will be decorated with holiday red,
white and blue bunting.
Music will be prominent between live races on both days from 5-9 p.m.
in the Courtyard of Champions, as well. On Tuesday, party band Cuvee will
perform, while country artist Mark David Manders performs Wednesday. Both
acts are scheduled to play at the conclusion of the fireworks shows, as
well. As customers enter Lone Star Park's East Gate entrance, a Dixieland
band will greet and entertain patrons as they enter the facility. Characters
on stilts, including "Uncle Sam," also will be at entrance gates
and strolling the grounds.
SPECIAL PRIZE DRAWINGS
Prior to the fireworks show on Tuesday, those who visited North Texas
Ford dealerships in the month of June will have a chance to win a 2007
Ford Mustang in a prize drawing right after the last race. After Wednesday's
seventh race, someone in attendance will win a trip to NASCAR's Ford 400
at Homestead-Miami Speedway - the thrilling conclusion of "The Chase
for the NEXTEL Cup" series.
SPECIAL SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS APPEARANCE TUESDAY
Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick the Starfish - a hit
with the kids - will make a special appearance in Lone Star Park's Family
Fun Park on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. The first 250 children in attendance
can get a free Polaroid photo with the popular animated TV stars. Plus,
special Krabby Patties - cod sandwiches - will be on sale for $2.50.
VALET PARKING RACE WEDNESDAY NIGHT
After Wednesday's final race and just before the fireworks begin, six
of Lone Star Park's valet parking runners will participate in a color-coded
"dot race" down the stretch of the main track. About 2,500 fans
will benefit from the outcome. There will be designated colors at the
bottom of that night's entry blanks to win the trip to the Ford 400. Those
who have the same color as the winning valet runner will win one free
valet parking coupon to Lone Star Park, good until the end of the meet
on July 29.
Lone Star Park will extend its perimeter near the West Gate Entrance
and Post Time Pavilion to alleviate congestion and provide additional
space for concessions, restrooms and pari-mutuel windows (Note: members
of Lone Star's "Star Player Rewards" programs should enter through
the East Gate or Post Time Pavilion to receive their discounted $1 general
SPECIAL TRAFFIC PLAN
Once the fireworks are complete, Lone Star Park and City of Grand Prairie
officials will implement a special traffic plan for exiting. Patrons exiting
through Gates 1 and 2 can go northbound on Belt Line Road toward Highway
183 or southbound to Interstate-30. Gates 3 and 4 will use Lone Star Parkway
for southbound traffic toward Interstate-30. Those who park in the overflow
parking area in front of Nokia Theatre will be directed to exit through
the private Levee Road which leads to Hunter Ferrell (turn right to head
north or south on MacArthur Blvd or turn left to head north or south on
LIMITED NUMBER OF RESERVED SEATS REMAIN
A limited number of reserved Grandstand seats still remain (call 972-237-PONY
for reservations). The second floor Champions Ballroom has been opened
for reservations. Admission to the private room - complete with a balcony
for premium viewing of the races and fireworks - is $29, which includes
the Silks Dining Buffet.
Because of the high demand for premium seating on Tuesday and Wednesday,
only patrons with reserved seats will be allowed on the second and fourth
floors of the Clubhouse. Most outdoor seating is free of charge and there
are a limited number of patio tables in the Courtyard of Champions (first-come,
first-serve). Blankets and folding chairs are permitted on the lawn area.
Last year, the two days of post-race fireworks attracted a throng of
38,353 - 17,617 on July 2 and 20,736 on July 3.