Star-Spangled Sparks Draws Huge Crowd

SPARKS, NV - Thousands of people turned out for the annual Star-Spangled Sparks Event in Victorian Square. The all-day festival featured food, music and lots of family friendly-entertainment.

“We just really love to be able to do this with the city of Sparks,” John Ascuaga’s Nugget Marketing Director Beth Cooney said. “We’re happy to be able to provide this to the community especially when so many communities across the country are no longer doing fireworks, we’re really proud to be able to bring this to everybody.”

It’s a fireworks show many look forward to every year. The Nugget launches from three areas: both hotel towers and the railyard between the two. Wednesday’s display was delayed for about 45 minutes due to gusting winds but most of the people that gathered in Victorian Square stayed to watch a grand show that wrapped up a few minutes before eleven.

"The atmosphere here is wonderful," Jan Nagel of J.B,'s Dog House, a local food vendor, said. "The crowds are huge the streets are packed and we're doing great business here."

Nancy Nordby heard about the Sparks event on the internet and drove in from California to spend the day there.

“We have a friend from Scotland so we thought, bring her here, we can celebrate her releasing us!” Nordby said. “To me, the 4th of July means freedom to be who you are and I just love the patriotism here in Reno. It’s like, yes, somebody loves the United States!”

Her friend Diane Cross agrees.

“I’m in awe of the patriotism here,” Cross said. “All the families that are here, all the flags, it blesses me. We are so blessed to live in this country it’s just incredible. Freedom is not free and the cost – I’m grateful for all of those that went before us.”

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