Record-breaking attendance at Fresno Grizzlies Fourth of July firework extravaganza

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A crowd of more than 13,000 people spent the Fourth of July at Chuckchansi Park in downtown Fresno to watch the Fresno Grizzlies defeat the Tacoma Rainiers.

The annual Fourth of July celebration was sold out, following suit with every year since the tradition began in 2002.

“We got tired of spending money on fireworks and this is in our backyard so why not come out and enjoy the largest firework show in the Central Valley,” said Selma resident Joe McCracken.

The event also raised awareness for ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease. This Fourth of July marks a landmark, the 80th anniversary since baseball star Lou Gehrig revealed his battle with the disease.

“The Grizzlies for the last 8 years have been so supportive of the ALS community is Central California that they have dedicated the home plate ceremony of every Fourth of July game to raising awareness about ALS,” said Jenica Lancy with The ALS Association Golden West Chapter.

The event also boasts the largest fireworks show in town.

“At the end of the day it’s all about coming out here and spending it with family, enjoying the fireworks show,” said McCracken.

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