This year the best fireworks downtown will be at Busch Stadium (Broadway and Poplar Street; 314-345-9600 or www.stlcardinals.com
) when the St. Louis Cardinals
face the revamped San Diego Padres in a four-game series during the Fourth of July weekend. While the Cardinals are fending off the Pirates and Cubs, San Diego is looking for a spark to help catch the Giants and Dodgers in the National League West. Bombs could be bursting in air -- the Friars rank among league leaders in giving up the longball. The Redbirds celebrate Independence Day with giveaways at three of the games -- from replica 1982 World Series rings to camo-print jerseys. First pitch is at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, 7:15 p.m. Friday, and 1:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (July 2 to 5), and tickets are $10.80 to $365.80.
Thu., July 2, 6:15 p.m.; Fri., July 3, 7:15 p.m.; Sat., July 4, 1:15 p.m.; Sun., July 5, 1:15 p.m., 2015