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Top 6 Usual (and Unusual) Things to do on the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is fast approaching, and maybe you’re sick of doing the same old thing? Or perhaps you want to put a spin on tradition? At any rate, see below for some traditional, and some unique ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in Utah.

The Usual

Watch Fourth of July Fireworks

Utah boasts some great firework shows. Watch fireworks in a park, while listening to a band, or in a large stadium whatever you want!

Lehi & Thanksgiving Point

Visit Electric park and enjoy a variety of concessions, music, games and prizes. The firework show will begin around 10 pm. Free admission.

  • Where: Electric Park
  • When: Gates open at 4 pm, 7-9:45 pm: music, games, prizes; 10 pm: Fireworks

Stadium of Fire

On the Fourth, take a drive down to Provo to see the band OneRepublic heading the annual firework stadium show. If OneRepublic isn’t your thing, stay for the fireworks, as this event boasts the largest stadium firework show in the nation. Get your tickets here.

  • Where: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo
  • When: 8 pm

Salt Lake City’s Independence Day Celebration: Jordan Park

Enjoy a patriotic neighborhood party in Salt Lake at Jordan Park. The Firework show will start at around 10 pm, and will be located near the north part of Jordan Park.

  • Where: Jordan Park, SLC
  • When: 10 pm

Freedom Festival

Provo boasts quite the range of activities during their freedom festival. Be sure to check out “Freedom Days,” from July 2-4 to see a variety of vendors, an art exhibit, a hot air balloon festival, a parade, and more. For more information visit their website. 

 Parades and Pancake Breakfasts

What’s more American than a good ol’ Fourth of July Barbecue? Well…possibly a Fourth of July pancake breakfast. Park City has patriotic food delights, as well as a variety of other activities.

Park City Parade of July Parade and Celebration

Come for the pancake breakfast at City Park, but stay for the 5k fun run, parade, activities, volleyball tournament, live music and refreshments. BONUS: At Park City Mountain Base area, there will be a barbeque and fireworks at dusk.

  • Where: Park City
  • When: Various times depending on the event you wish to attend. Visit their website for more information.

The Unusual

Cool Off with a Dip in One of Utah’s Water Attractions

Courtesy of utah.com

For the most part, the Fourth of July seems to be one of the hottest days of the year. Luckily, Utah boasts a variety of water parks and attractions sure to keep you and your family cool. Not sure where to go? Lucky for you, we have complied a list of the best water attractions here. HINT: The list includes favorites like Seven Peaks Water Park, Calf Creek Falls, and Pineview Reservoir.

Saddle Up for The Western Stampede

Cowboys. Rodeo. Parade. ‘Merica. Be sure to saddle up your horse…or just drive down to West Jordan on the Fourth to see the 65th annual Western Stampede.

  • Where:  8000 S Redwood Road West Jordan, UT 84088
  • When: July 2-4, for more information on specific event times, or to purchase tickets, visit their website. 

Go to a Drive-In Movie

The Redwood Drive-In Theater has been in operation since 1948. Since then they’ve made a bunch of changes including a state of the art projector system. Broadcasting a movie through their powerful FM system makes movies feel more real than ever. So, grab the kids and load up the suburban. Located in West Valley City additional details can be found on their website.

 

 

Auburn Remington :Salt Lake Magazine intern Auburn Remington is a senior at BYU studying News Media. Auburn is originally from Canada, and enjoys skiing, hiking and reading.