Fourth of July: Upcoming events


The Fourth of July is a time for BYU students to break out their red, white and blue best and celebrate with friends, tasty foods and loud explosives.

So what will your fellow BYU students be doing during this holiday?

“I don’t have plans! Since I am so American, I was going to watch something patriotic and probably get Cafe Rio,” said Lauren Jackson, a 21-year-old computer science major from Woodland, Texas.

July Fourth can be spent at home with family or participating in the festivities. Some students are spending the day in their own, unique way.

“I’m gonna sing the national anthem while I sit by the river catching fish with my buddy Mabet,” said Justin Parr, a 22-year-old finance major from Dallas.

No matter what the plans are, there are always activities and events going on in Utah Valley on July Fourth weekend.

Utah Valley and Salt Lake Valley are home to some of the biggest firework displays in the state. The largest firework display, Stadium of Fire, is held at LaVell Edwards Stadium yearly, but cities throughout the Wasatch Front will be sponsoring their own firework shows.

If fireworks seem dull, don’t fret. Parades, concerts and sporting events take place all weekend, most being free of charge.

Americans celebrate the Fourth because of the freedoms they have been granted. BYU students celebrate that freedom by being with those who matter most.

“The Fourth of July means being able to come together as a family, a neighborhood, even a nation to celebrate our freedom and enjoy a mean burger while we’re at it,” said McKenna Ballard, a 21-year-old from Oregon studying nursing.


·      4th– 5th– Liberty Days:  All Day at This is the Place Heritage Park
·      4th– South Salt Lake Get Moving 5K: 8 a.m., in SLC
·      4th– Snowbird Pancake Breakfast: 9 a.m.–12 p.m., at Snowbird Entry 2
·      4th– Real Salt Lake vs. New England: 8 p.m., at Rio Tinto Stadium
·      4th– Salt Lake 4th of July Celebration: Fireworks at 9–10 p.m., at Jordan Park
·      4th Sugar House Fireworks: Biggest firework show in SLC, 10 p.m., at Sugar House Park

·      3rd– Balloon Fest: 6:30 a.m., Bulldog Field
·      3rd -5th – Freedom Days: 10 a.m.–8 p.m. daily, Center Street, FREE
·      3rd & 4th– 3v3 Soccer Tournament: All Day at Cougar Fields
·      3rd-4th Colonial Heritage Festival: All Day at SCERA Park FREE
·      4th– Grand Parade: Largest in state of Utah: 9 a.m., University Avenue and Center Street
·      4th– Rooftop Concert Series: 7:30 p.m., at Provo Town Square Parking Terrace FREE
·      4th– BYU Men’s Soccer vs. LA Misioneros: 7:30 p.m., at BYU South Field
·      4th– Stadium of Fire: 8 p.m., LaVell Edwards Stadium
·      4th– Thanksgiving Point Independence Day Celebration: Open by 5:30 p.m., Fireworks at 10 p.m., at Electric Park, Lehi



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