Fireflies to host Fort Jackson Centennial Celebration

The Fireflies and Spirit Communications Park are honoring members of the military and celebrating Fort Jackson’s centennial this Friday.

The Fireflies will host the Augusta GreenJackets (San Francisco Giants) at 7:05 p.m. and will honor Fort Jackson’s soldiers by providing 2,000 tickets for basic training soldiers and active duty soldiers, as well as their families.

“The Fireflies are proud to host Fort Jackson’s Centennial Celebration,” said team President John Katz. “It’s a great chance for the brave men and women that are preparing to serve our nation to have a night at the ballpark, and a chance for the dedicated staff at Fort Jackson to be recognized for all the hard work that they do preparing soldiers for military service. It is an honor to call our great city home to the largest U.S. Army Training Center in the country.”

The pregame ceremony will feature commanding general of Fort Jackson, Brig. Gen. John “Pete” Johnson, will throw out the first pitch. Then the Fort Jackson Band and Honor Guard, which performed on Opening Day on April 14, will play “America the Beautiful” followed by the national anthem.

Fireflies players will sport their camouflage jerseys, which will be auctioned off at the ballpark and online during the game with proceeds benefitting the USO of South Carolina. USO of South Carolina is an organization that helps soldiers connect to family, home and country while here in Columbia and at Fort Jackson.

Members of the community with a valid military ID will receive $2 off a Palmetto Citizens FCU All-Star or reserved ticket to Friday night’s game, based on availability.

And that’s not all that’s happening Friday night. It’s another Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina #LiveFearlessSC Friday, there will be postgame fireworks and the ZOOperstars will return to Spirit Communications Park. In addition, the Fireflies will host Food Drive Friday, where fans presenting two cans of non-perishable food items will receive buy-one-get-one-free tickets. All donations will help Harvest Hope Food Bank restock their pantry to help feed people here in our community.

Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. Fans can purchase their tickets now for Friday night’s game online or at the box office. For more information, visit or call (803) 726-HITS.

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