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The beauty of the 4th of July falling Not on a Sunday is that you don’t have to worry about the Independence Day celebrations literally falling on any day but Independence Day. For 2022, events will span the four opening days of the month. If you’re looking for a place near you to honor the occasion and maybe ooh and aah over bombs going off in the air, here’s a roundup of some of the larger nationwide celebrations so you can share the blasts during a drought with the pros can leave -full year. Visit for more information.

July 3rd Celebrations in Park City: If you want to start your celebrations early, enjoy them in the cool of the mountains at Canyons Village (4000 Canyons Resort Dr., Park City). For three days, July 1-3, begin with afternoons of live music, kids’ activities, live art experiences and Summit-County’s first-ever professional drone light shows. End your weekend with a big fireworks display on Sunday 3rd July. The events are free to the public.

North Salt Lake Liberty Festival: Additional early events kick off in North Salt Lake on July 1st and 2nd. Day one presents the Car Show at the Eaglewood Golf Course (1110 E. Eaglewood Dr.); On Saturday, July 2nd, the Fun Fair will be held at Legacy Park (1140 W. 1100 North) with three different race tracks for runners, grass volleyball tournament, vendors, food, bouncy castles and live music ending with fireworks at 10pm

Stadium of Fire/America’s Freedom Festival: Utah’s most extravagant Independence Day event in a long time is in Provo at Lavell Edwards Stadium (1700 N. Canyon Rd., Provo), part of the city’s even larger Freedom Festival. This year’s headlining event on Saturday, July 2 features musical performances by Tim McGraw and Marie Osmond, military honors, an F-35 flyover and what is being billed as “the largest stadium fireworks show in the United States.” Showtime is Monday, July 4th at 8pm; Tickets range from $35 to $250. The Grand Parade will take place on Monday, July 4th starting at 8am with a course taking University Ave. and Center St. in Provo.

The Gateway Celebration on July 4th: Downtown SLC’s showcase event at The Gateway (200 S. 400 West) is free and open to the public and features live music performances on the Plaza Stage at the north end of the lower level, as well as garden games, face painting, and photo ops from 5 p.m. to 5 p.m 10:00 p.m. on Monday, July 4th. The fireworks show begins at nightfall.

Thanksgiving Point Independence Day Celebration: The beautiful Electric Park at Thanksgiving Point (2650 N. Ashton Blvd., Lehi) hosts an evening of outdoor entertainment, vendors and discounts. The event is free to the public; Gates open at 4 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m

Celebration of Layton Liberty Days: It’s a full day of fun at the Ed Kenley Amphitheater (403 N. Wasatch Dr.) and Layton Commons Park (437 N. Wasatch Dr.) beginning at 6:30 am with a Liberty Days breakfast and a fun run features -Star softball game, parade at 10:30 am and many family activities starting at noon. Live entertainment performances also take place in the park throughout the afternoon, leading to the evening’s main concert in the amphitheater, which begins at 8:00 p.m., and a fireworks display at 10:00 p.m. All events are free.

Murray Fun Days Parade & Activities: Start your Independence Day early with a 7 a.m. sunrise service at Murray Park Amphitheater (296 E. Murray Park Ave., Murray), followed by a community breakfast. The Murray Parade begins at 8:30am and travels from Fashion Place Mall to Murray Park for daytime entertainment including games and food trucks from 10am to 2pm. Return to the Amphitheater for an evening concert with Metro Music Club at 8:30am followed by 10pm fireworks. All events are free.

Sandy July 4th Freedom Day: Gather at the Sandy City Hall Promenade (10000 Centennial Parkway, Sandy) beginning at 8:00 am for the traditional 5K run. From 10am to 10pm, enjoy a full day of bouncy castles, games, stalls, food and multiple live bands including nightly headliners The Salamanders. The parade begins at 6pm, with fireworks “Concert in Heaven” at 10pm, followed by more music. Admission is free, individual activities have ticket prices.

South Salt Lake 4th of July Parade & Activities: The South Salt Lake Independence Day Parade begins at 10:00 am and proceeds from 2250 S. 300 East to 3050 S. 500 East. The day’s celebrations will be held at Fitts Park (3050 S. 500 East) from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm with vendors, food and family-friendly activities.

And that’s just the beginning, with many events from southern Utah –– including St. George ( and Cedar City ( — just north of Logan (, with several other communities holding their own Arranging fireworks or celebratory events. Visit your city’s website to learn more, be safe out there and let freedom ring.

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