This year the fourth falls on a Wednesday, so some of the celebrations will fall directly before or after the holiday. There are two Salt Lake City locations which have awesome celebrations for this Independence Holiday. On Monday July 2nd you can head on up to Rice Eccles Stadium for the annual Freedom Blast. During this event you will see style diving, comedy diving, The Flying Fools, stunt BMX racing, Kelly Clarkson of American Idol will be performing as well as over 1000 dance and cheer groups from around Utah. At dusk stick around for a stunning firework display presented by Pyro Spectacular (of California). Rice Eccles Stadium is located at 451 South 1400 East.
If you are looking for something with a little more to do, rather than see, head on up to Liberty Days held at This is the Place Heritage Park. Festivities there are held Monday July 2nd and Wednesday July 4th. You will find many pioneer era buildings to explore, demonstrations will be held on loading a black powder rifle, blacksmithing, and pioneer style games. There will be no fireworks for this event. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and the park is located at 2504 East Sunnyside Ave, on the opposite side of street of the Hogle Zoo. Admission prices are $6.00 for adults, and $4.00 for seniors and children.
If you head North a little you can head to the Eaglewood Golf Course for food, live entertainment, plenty of games for the kids, and at dusk an amazing firework display can be seen. Also you can see Utah’s own American Idol, Carmen Rasmussen singing her heart out for her local fans, beginning at 6 p.m. with other bands to follow. This event is held on July 2nd and the golf course is located at 1110 East Eaglewood Drive.
Want a night with some unique entertainment with the family? Head South to Sugarhouse Park on the 4th of July, for their annual celebration starting at 5:00 p.m. Vendors will be on hand as well as plenty of activities to keep the kiddies occupied. Don’t forget to take in some of the sounds of the Salt Lake Symphonic Winds conducted by Thomas Rhorer performing promptly at 8:30. Following the concert, hang out and watch another spectacular firework display beginning at 10:00 p.m.. Sugarhouse Park is located at 4580 South 2300 East.
Also in the south of the valley go to Murray Fun Days. Festivities will begin at 6:30 a.m. at Murray Park with a community breakfast. Join in on the fun run race from 8-8:30 a.m.. Following the run, attend the annual parade, as a participant in this parade and a parade goer I can attest that it is one of our finest. Following the parade until 4:00 you can enjoy activities, games, and local food vendors, bringing out their best. Then Utah’s own Ryan Shupe and the Rubber Band will perform for their local fans from 8:30 until 10:00. Don’t leave just because the music stops, hang around for this enormous firework display. Murray Park is located at 5109 Murray Park Lane.
Want something a little low key after the family barbecue in the back yard? Go to Holladay Elementary on the fourth for some great fireworks. Holladay Elementary is located at 4580 South 2300 East.
Looking for a way to support a charity during your celebrations? From July 1st through the 4th you can help the American Cancer Society. Starting July first, participate in a disco party at the Barbary Coast Saloon, leading to a fourth of July ride. The ride leaves Salt Lake City on July 2nd following breakfast at 10:00 a.m.. the ride continues throughout the second and all day throughout the third arriving at Torrey for a barbecue for the riders.Riders return to Salt Lake on the fourth through Price Canyon. Barbary Coast Saloon is located at 4242 So. State Street.
Sandy has its own fourth of July celebration beginning with a 5k fun run at 7:00 a.m. with breakfast beginning at 7:30. The games rides and booths will open at 8 a.m.. The valley’s only evening parade begins at 6:00 p.m. with floats and such. Starting at 7:30 p.m. you can watch Clog America and Ritmo Caliente perform before the firework show. Events will be located at 10000 South Centennial Parkway.
South Jordan also has its street festival held on July first. At the street festival you can find street performers, a petting zoo and plenty of food and games from 5-10 p.m. followed by Relativity from 5:30-6:30. Andy Shelton will perform from 7-8, and local group Ryan Shupe and The Rubber Band from 8:30-10, followed by an excellent firework presentation. All activities for this event are free. Festivities located at 4600 West Towne Center Drive.
West Jordan Rolls out the red carpet for the West Jordan Stampede and Celebration. Take the kids to see a rodeo the first, second and fourth at 7 or 8 p.m. ticket prices are ranging from $6-$12. Continue with the West’s lifestyle with Cowboy Poetry, booths, kids games, and even movies can be seen on each of the three nights. Rodeo’s are held at 8100 South 200 West. All other festivities will be located at 1950 West 7800 South.
Head on over to historic Magna Utah located in the west of the Salt Lake valley, from the first from four to eleven p.m., admission is $10.00. A baby contest will be held on the second at 4:30 p.m. Copper Park is located at 8900 West 2600 South.
If none of this is your cup of tea take a ride on over to the Ed Kinley Amphitheater on July 6th at 8 p.m. for Cowboy Crush. the Amphitheater is located at 445 North Wasatch Blvd., in Layton Utah.
Wanna see some theater? Go on over to Academy Theater for The little Mermaid. This event is running from now until July 7th. Hours are Monday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturdays also. Academy Theater is located at 3188 South 400 East.
Want a little flavor? The Repertory Dance Theater invites you to participate in classes on Brazillian Samba, Samba Reggae, and so many more dances., hours are 5:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Friday nights. This event runs from now until July 7th. The Rose Wagner Center is located at 138 West Broadway.