While baseball games, particularly on the 4th, are reigning supreme on the list, some other “manly” events are of note. Taking top placement of events going on this weekend is the mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship in Vegas. Originally, the event was set to be a rematch between B.J. Penn and Jon Fitch, but, given the nature of the sport, both competitors had to bow out due to injuries. This started a whole ripple of injuries replacements from the event, including Evan Dunham, Jason Miller, and Cub Swanson. The main event, Bantamweight Championship is between Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber. UFC 132 will broadcast it’s two preliminary fights live on Spike TV and the remaining fights will be streamed on Facebook. How’s that for using social media?
The Coke Zero 400 Race is a 160 lap, 400 mile NASCAR Sprint Series stock car race at the Daytona International Speedway. This particular race has been around since 1959 and usually held around 4th of July, and has held other names such as the Firecracker 250, Firecracker 400, Pepsi Firecracker 400 and Pepsi 400. This year’s event will again be televised on TNT.
As for your top weekend concerts, the men of country seem to hold their fan’s attention. Toby Keith will be playing at the Henry Maier Festival Park at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI. Mr. Keith with special guest Eric Church are the headliners for the day, but other notable (free with admission!) acts include; Girl Talk, Los Lonely Boys, Los Lobos, Anberlin, Third Eye Blind, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus an Taj Mahal. Kenny Chesney is the other man of the weekend with his show in Pittsburgh. There’s something about country music, fireworks, a cold beer and celebrating the 4th, isn’t there?
So, all in all, people are looking for good old fashioned events that remind folks about our American pastimes; music, baseball and having a good time.
Top Events – 4th of July Weekend
1.) UFC 132 Cruz vs. Faber, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV – Saturday, July 2nd
2.) Mets at Dodgers, Dodgers Stadium, Los Angeles, CA – Monday, July 4th
3.) Coke Zero 400, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, FL – Saturday, July 2nd
4.) Toby Keith, Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI – Friday, July 1st
5.) Royals at White Sox, Cellular Field, Chicago, IL – Monday, July 4th
6.) Kenny Chesney, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA – Saturday, July 2nd
7.) Blue Jays at Red Sox, Fenway Park, Boston, MA – Monday, July 4th
8.) Rockies at Braves, Turner Field, Atlanta, GA – Monday, July 4th
9.) Phillies at Marlins, Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL – Monday, July 4th
10.) Indians at Reds, Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati, OH – Saturday, July 4th