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A round-up of Utah's biggest Independence Day celebrations.
By scott Renshaw
Thanksgiving Point's Electric Park (just west of the Megaplex Theatres) hosts afternoon and evening activities on July 4, with concessions and vendors beginning at 4 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 10 p.m., set off from the north side of the property. Admission is free.
Activities begin with the 7:30 a.m. 5K Fun Run/Walk at Copper Park (8950 W. 2600 South), with check-in beginning at 6 a.m. Non-runners can enjoy the Lions Club Breakfast in the park (free, but donations accepted) from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., with cannonade and flag ceremony at 7 a.m. Magna's parade follows at noon on Main Street, with inflatables, games and other activities returning to Copper Park from 1:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. ($12 for unlimited ride wristband, 50 cent game tickets). Enjoy music in the park by Bad Feather from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., wrapping up with fireworks at 10 p.m.
July Fourth marks the culmination of Murray's "Fun Days" which also includes a production of the musical 1776 at Murray Park Amphitheater. Independence Day activities begin with Rotary Club community breakfast (6:30 a.m.–10 a.m.), sunrise service with Murray Concert Band (7 a.m.) and 5K (8 a.m.) at Murray Park. Murray also hosts one of the earlier parades, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Fashion Place Mall, continuing down State Street north to Vine Street and east to Murray Park (no car access in or out of Murray Park between 7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.). Activities at Murray Park throughout the day include food and game booths, coed volleyball tournament and plenty of kid-friendly games. Entertainment headliners include Slickrock Gypsies, Red Desert Ramblers and Charley Jenkins, culminating in fireworks at 10 p.m.
Park City's annual Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration begins with the traditional pancake breakfast at City Park (1354 Park Ave., 7 a.m.). Cole Sport Mountain Fun Run 5K begins at 8 a.m., with rugby games, live music, beer garden and barbecue at City Park 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The parade route heads down Main Street beginning at 11 a.m., with more than 70 floats celebrating local history. Enjoy a free concert at Park City Mountain Resort (1345 Lowell Ave., 7 p.m.–9:30 p.m.), with fireworks at dusk. Or get the weekend started early with Utah Symphony's Patriotic Concert at Deer Valley Resort Snow Park Amphitheater on Saturday, July 2 (7:30 p.m.).
The state's most elaborate red-white-and-blue festivities take place in Utah Valley, including the Freedom Days activities July 1, 2 and 4 on Provo's Center Street, featuring food, entertainment, arts and crafts vendors and carnival. The July Fourth Grand Parade—the state's largest—begins at 9 a.m. at 960 N. University Ave., with the route proceeding south to 100 South, east to 200 East and north to Center Street, ending at 900 East. But the big event, as usual, is the Stadium of Fire concert and fireworks show at BYU's Lavell Edwards Stadium (1700 N. Canyon Road), scheduled this year for Saturday, July 2 at 8 p.m. Country star Tim McGraw headlines; tickets are $29-$175.
Riverton Town Days allow one of the opportunities for patriotic fun that avoids the Fourth of July crowds. The Town Days parade takes place on Friday, July 1 on a route that includes Redwood Road from 13400 South to 12800 South, ending at Riverton City Park (1452 W. 12600 South). Follow that up with a full day of activities on Saturday, July 2, including Riverton Country Mile 5K/10K/mile run and Tour De Riverton bike race, chuck wagon breakfast (7 a.m.–10 a.m.), games and vendors at Riverton City Park, and fireworks display (10 p.m.).
The annual July Fourth festivities once again take place at the South Towne Promenade (172 W. 10000 South), with inflatables, Youth Arts Festival, vendors and 5050 BMX stunt shows throughout the day. Daytime entertainment includes Synergy Dance Group, The Middle Mountain, Acadamh Rince Irish Dance Group and Cinders before the parade (6 p.m.) around the festival grounds. Evening headliner The Salamanders (8 p.m.–10 p.m.) leads in to the fireworks "sky concert" at 10 p.m., with The Salamanders continuing a post-fireworks show.
Celebrate Independence Day at the 'Bird with family-friendly rides and activities, live music and an all-you-can-eat pancake buffet on The Plaza Deck (9 a.m.–noon). Enjoy live music while you eat with the C.J. Santoro Dixieland Band.
South Salt Lake
Start your day with a hotcakes/waffle breakfast at Fitts Park (3050 S. 500 East) from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Parade begins 9:30 a.m. on the west side of the Columbus Center (2531 S. 400 East), continuing south on 400 East to 2700 South, turning right on 500 East to Fitts Park. Freedom Fest at Fitts Park (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) includes live music, food, entertainment, vendors, train ride, bounce house, games and more.
The Sugar House Arts Festival (2100 S. Highland Drive) begins at 10 a.m. on July 4, now officially combined with the fireworks show at Sugar House Park (1330 E. 2100 South). Businesses are scheduled to set up stops in Hidden Hollow with games and other activities. Food trucks and vendors will be on the west side of Sugar House Park, while on the northeast side, War Scores will be setting up the game of Bubble Soccer; other music and entertainment still to be determined at press time. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 10 p.m.
West Jordan's Independence Day Parade begins at 10:30 a.m., with a route from 7000 South to 8040 South on Redwood Road. For something a little different from the usual Independence Day festivities, the annual PRCA Rodeo Western Stampede (July 1, 2 and 4, 8035 S. 2200 West, $10-$17) offers a variety of roping and riding events. The Fourth of July program leads up to free evening events at Veterans Memorial Park (1985 W. 7800 South), including a family-friendly movie at 9 p.m. (still to be determined at press time) and fireworks at 10 p.m.