Culture | April 1, 2022 1:35 pm

Get Your Tickets Now for the Nats’ Five Best 2022 Theme Nights

Note: “Star Wars Day” is not on May 4

Washington Nationals infielder Jake Noll (13) signs autographs for kids before the Spring Training game between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, March 25, 2022 at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter, Florida
Washington Nationals infielder Jake Noll (13) signs autographs for kids before the Spring Training game between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, March 25, 2022 at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter, Florida
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If you’re a baseball fan, America’s Pastime is a well-paced game that features action every 20 to 30 seconds. If you’re not, it’s the longest three hours of your week. 

Happily, there’s a way to make everybody happy. With 81 home games and a stadium that holds more than 40,000 people, the Washington Nationals do a fine job enticing people who could care less about the game to come out to the park. For proof, see our picks for the 5 best Nationals theme nights for the 2022 season, which officially kicks off April 7th against the Mets up in Queens. This has very, very little to do with balls and strikes.

April 10

Blossoms & Baseball: National Cherry Blossom Festival Celebration

1:35 vs. New York Mets

Peak bloom will be long over before the Nats celebrate D.C.’s spring tradition. Oh, well — it’s still nice to appreciate Japan’s gift to Washington. The new, cherry blossom-themed jerseys — part of the City Connect series — will make their on-field debut one day earlier.

June 11

MARVEL Super Hero™ Day

4:05 vs. Milwaukee Brewers

Do you prefer Marvel action movie scenes mixed with Nationals baseball highlights on the jumbotron between innings? Do you really need a Josh Bell Incredible Hulk-inspired bobblehead? Do we have the game for you!

July 1

Freedom Fireworks

6:05 vs. Miami Marlins

The Nats’ Independence Day weekend games have historically sold well. But the July 4 game is usually a day game. This year, the July 2, 3, and 4 games are all day games. So kick off your July 4 celebrations as early as socially possible with some July 1 fireworks, after the Nats take on the not-very-popular Marlins.

July 16

STAR WARS™ Day

4:05 vs. Atlanta Braves

One of the longest-running theme games based around comics, film, and TV, the Star Wars night is a fan favorite, second in all-time popularity to the Game of Thrones night (We know the series is long over but that doesn’t mean DC sports fans wouldn’t still love a GoT/Nats shirt and a search for dragon eggs throughout the city.). You’re going to hear the “Star Wars Theme” and “The Imperial March” a few dozen times, the lightsaber sound effect will be played after base hits, and the first 10,000 fans will go home with a Juan “Solo” STAR WARS Bobblehead. This is a great bobblehead, one of the season’s best, though it’s disappointing it’s not another Sean Doolittle bobblehead. He partied with a lightsaber after winning the 2019 World Series! It’s a no brainer! 

Bonus: This is a game against the Atlanta Braves! 2021 World Series Champions Atlanta Braves! Theme games aren’t typically against really good teams or rivals. See who the Nats take on the theme night we’re recommending above and below this pick. 

August 26

DC Comics Day

7:05 p.m. vs. Cincinnati Reds

Do you prefer DC action movie scenes mixed with Nationals baseball highlights on the jumbotron between innings? Do you really need a Wonder Woman bobblehead? Do we have the game for you!

Honorable Mention

August 16

U.S. Space Force Day

7:05 p.m. vs. Chicago Cubs

I’m not a huge U.S. Space Force fan. No one is. I’m willing to bet most people attending this game have completely forgotten the U.S. Space Force exists. Therefore, it makes the list. Attend this night and you’ll be able to tell your friends, “I attended the U.S. Space Force Day at Nats Park!” and they will respond with, “Huh?”