The evolving experience at Stars Spangled Sparks

Published: Jul. 5, 2019 at 12:22 AM PDT
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Huge crowds gathered around Victorian Square to watch Star Spangled Sparks, where a brilliant display above the Nugget Casino celebrated the 243rd year of our nation's independence.

Louise Kretsinger woke up at 7 a.m. to get ready for one of her favorite events.

"When I see the first fireworks I just... ahh, like a little kid, I am just in awe about all of it."

For Krestinger, this is her 20th year coming to Star Spangled Sparks, and she says there is nothing that signifies America’s independence more than this event.

"It make me feel so good because I dress up every time and I enjoy the people, I enjoy smiling at the people, and they enjoy me."

With the large amounts of growth and development in the Sparks area, Mark Madariaga says even waking up at 6 a.m. to pick a good spot isn't enough time anymore.

"There used to be plenty of parking anywhere. Really, now all of this has closed that all off, the traffic is more constricted, because they are still under construction and just a lot of the space, this was all open space."

Madariaga clams Stars Spangled Sparks has completely changed from a closer community to an event that is more commercialized.

"It was a small town. Not so much anymore. I have not seen any of my friends here today, not one, and in the past they were everywhere."

For Madariaga the culture has changed, but he says there is nothing more beautiful than watching the city of Sparks light up on our nation’s day of independence.

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