Will you be in Salt Lake City, Utah, on the Fourth of July? If so, you'll see that the city celebrates Independence Day in a big way at its many festivities. From rodeos to parades to an outdoor concert performed by the Utah Symphony, there are many ways to celebrate this summer holiday. Here are a few Salt Lake-area events honoring our nation's birth.
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Head out to Park City to celebrate the holiday in the Wastach Mountains. Located 32 miles from the Salt Lake International Airport, this historic mining town is home to the largest ski area in the country.
The parade begins at 11 a.m. on Main Street. Starting at 3 p.m., musicians play on the Green until the fireworks at dusk. There will be barbecue, beer and family activities.
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Enjoy an old-fashioned Western Fourth of July in the charming small town of Oakley, about 35 miles east of Salt Lake City in Summit County. Oakley only has 1,000 residents, but the grounds for its popular rodeo seat 6,000.
Come out for the 82nd annual rodeo happening June 30, July 1, July 3 and July 4 starting at 8 p.m. each night. Order tickets early, because the rodeos usually sell out. On the 4th, there's a parade and 5K.
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West Jordan celebrates Independence Day with a nightly PRCA rodeo at the arena. At Veterans Memorial Park, check out the carnival, fun run, photo scavenger hunt and vendors. On the 4th, there's a free breakfast, parade, pie eating contest, concert, screening of the movie "Sing" and, of course, fireworks starting at 10 p.m. The festival takes place July 1, 3 and 4.
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Celebrate Liberty Days at This Is the Place, a village with an Old West theme featuring trains and pony rides and a splash park. There will be a watermelon eating contest, tug-of-war and stick horse races.
This Is the Place Heritage Park is a mile from Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City. Admission starts at $8.95. The park is open July 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Head to downtown Provo about 45 miles south of Salt Lake City along the Wasatch Front for America's Freedom Festival. The celebration takes place June 30, July 1, July 3 and July 4. Check out the popular majestic hot air balloon race from 6 to 8 a.m. On July 1, country music performers Little Big Town and Hunter Hayes play a concert beginning at 8 p.m. at LaVell Edwards Stadium. The Grande Parade, the largest of its kind in Utah, begins at 9 a.m. on July 4 and features national performers.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Pack a picnic and join the Utah Symphony for a patriotic celebration featuring Broadway star Lisa Vroman from "The Phantom of the Opera." The concert is at 7:30 p.m. on July 1 at Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater in Park City. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Advance tickets and gourmet picnic baskets can be purchased in online. You can also buy tickets at the amphitheater box office on the day of the concert.
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Start your Fourth of July off right with an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and live music by C.J. Santoro Dixieland Band at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort. The resort is located in Little Cottonwood Canyon just six miles east of Salt Lake City. The event lasts from 8 a.m. to noon on July 4 at the Plaza Deck.