Salt Lake sure knows how to throw a Fourth of July party! Neighboring communities all along the Wasatch Front and Back host Independence Day festivals with some of the best live music, food, rodeos and fireworks in the country. And the good news is this year’s events are spread out over an entire weekend. With the Fourth falling on a Sunday, and some communities still controlling crowds as Covid subsides, you can find a party almost anytime and anywhere between July 2nd and 5th. Below is a list of this year’s patriotic festivities in Salt Lake and all along the Wasatch.
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Start your Independence Day at 7 am with a sunrise service and end the day with fireworks at 10 pm at Murray Park. Choose from a variety of family-fun activities throughout the day including: Rotary Club breakfast, 5K walk/run, children’s race, chalk-art contest, bike and car shows, sports tournaments, parade, games and entertainment.
Enjoy three days of patriotic fun during Riverton Town Days. The party kicks off with the Riverton Rodeo on Thursday night and festivities continue through Saturday with a parade, movie in the park, carnival, chuckwagon breakfast, bingo, children’s contests, and more. Fireworks Saturday night.
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Merrymaking begins in West Jordan with its carnival opening on July 1st. Attend their annual rodeo in the evening on July 2nd and 3rd, and the Grand Parade at 10:30 am on July 3rd. Fireworks start at 10:15 pm on the 3rd and shoot from the northwest section of Veterans Memorial Park.
Runners will take their mark for the annual 5k following a 6:50 am flag ceremony on July 3rd near Sandy City Hall. Festivities will continue through the morning with a SpikeBall tournament and scavenger hunt. Enjoy food trucks all afternoon and cap off the night with fireworks at the Sandy Amphitheater Park.
This farming and mining community comes together to throw a rich and varied Fourth of July party. Flag raising, 5k run and kids fun run, free breakfast at Copper Park, and parade down historic Magna Main Street are all part of the celebrations. The evening events kick up a notch at 8 pm with live music in Copper Park with fireworks at 10 pm.
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Celebrate the birth of our nation with some old-fashioned fun. Begin the day with a flag ceremony and salute to our nation conducted by the Sons of the American Revolution. Guests will enjoy all the regular daily activities, plus extras like the Candy Cannon, the Ringing of the Anvil, a watermelon eating contest, parades, and more.
All are welcome at the first-annual Laird Park Stars and Stripes Parade. This small-town-in-a-big-city neighborhood parade will start at 10 am on upper Michigan Avenue and wind its way down to Laird Park. Food trucks and activities at the park to follow.
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It’s Eaglewood’s 75th Anniversary and they’re ready to celebrate with a rocking Independence-Day party. The Liberty Fest car show revs up on July 2nd. On July 3rd, events begin at 8 am with a 5k fun run. Family-friendly activities continue throughout the day with tournaments, a military flyover, and plenty of food vendors on hand. Evening festivities begin at 4 pm and culminate with fireworks at 10 pm.
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One of the biggest Fourth of July events in the nation is held each year in Provo, Utah. The Freedom Days Festival is a three-day jubilee honoring our nation’s patriotic past and future. Gather with more than 25,000 spectators in Bulldog Park on July 2nd, 3rd and 5th from 6 to 8 am for the popular Balloon Fest. Stadium of Fire, the festival’s headlining concert, will draw nearly 64,000 to Lavell Edwards Stadium on Saturday, July 3rd. Grammy-winning country music icon Lee Greenwood and legendary country singer Collin Raye are starring this year. The Grand Parade, Utah’s largest Independence-Day parade, starts on July 5 at 9 am. Check out the many other activities, parades, carnivals, patriotic concerts and activities happening this year during Freedom Days.
Getaway to Thanksgiving Point for your celebrations this year. Enjoy their outdoor gardens, the Museum of Ancient Life, Farm Country, the Museum of Natural Curiosity, and the Butterfly Biosphere. Games and food start at 4 pm Visitors can watch their stunning fireworks show on Saturday night from the gardens, inside the Electric Park or near Traverse Outlets overlooking the valley.
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This year, Park City is spreading out the fun and celebrating the Fourth over three party-packed days. On Friday, July 2nd, the annual Main Street Parade will be held in the morning followed by a symphony concert at Deer Valley Resort in the evening. Saturday, July 3rd, there will be live music at the Canyons Village starting at 5 pm with their traditional fireworks show at dusk. On Sunday, July 4th from 7 am until 10 pm there will be a special Independence Day Park Silly Sunday Market on Main with holiday performances and military and police tributes. A volleyball tournament is planned at City Park from 7 am until 10 pm Fireworks start at 9 pm at Park City Mountain Resort.
July 1-5 (except July 4)
Forty-five miles east of Salt Lake City, Oakley is a small-mountain town set between the Wasatch and Uintah ranges. With raging bulls and cowboys, this accredited rodeo is a lens into the heritage of the American West. Fireworks end the rodeo at 8 pm every night. One of the Wasatch Back’s most popular Fourth of July traditions.
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This little-Switzerland of the Wasatch throws a delightful and low-key Fourth of July party. Join the community at the town square for a sunrise memorial at 7 am followed by a pancake breakfast sponsored by the local boy scouts. Various music and outdoor events all morning long.
This once-quiet farming town is now the hub of the Weber Valley’s growing luxury-resort community. But you can’t take the small-town-charm out of this trending town. Locals love to celebrate and showcase their roots every Indepence Day. Start the day with the town bell ringing its 7 am wake-up call. Flag raising at 9 am and a military flyover sets the stage for a 10 am parade with games and booths following in the town park. DJ music starts at 8 pm with fireworks at 10 pm
Celebrate northern Utah’s harvest and the Fourth of July during the North Ogden Cherry Days festival. The day starts with a patriotic sunrise program followed by breakfast and a 5K Fun and Walk at North Ogden Park. The Children’s and Cherry Days Parade starts on Washington Boulevard around 9:30 am. The parade is followed by a car show, festival in North Ogden Park with vendors, family games and activities, bounce house and inflatables. Volleyball tournament and live entertainment at Barker Park conclude with fireworks at 10 pm.
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Don’t miss this traditional Fourth of July festival in one of the Wasatch’s fastest-growing towns. The party kicks off on Friday night with a Carver Louis and Charley Jenkins concert with fireworks at close. The Bit & Spur Youth Rodeo is also being held that night along with a Exit 99 concert. Saturday starts with the 5K Freedom Run followed by town breakfast, annual Main Street parade, carnival and car show. The first of two Bit & Spur Rodeos begin Saturday night. Fireworks follow the rodeo on Sunday night.
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