Guide to Fourth of July in Salt Lake City: Events and Fireworks

Overview of Salt Lake City
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Salt Lake City, Utah, on the Fourth of July is an ideal place to celebrate America's birthday. The community is steeped in pioneer history and the city celebrates that history on Independence Day in a big way with many festivities and patriotic performances.

From rodeos and parades to an outdoor concert performed by the Utah Symphony, there are many ways to celebrate this summer holiday in Salt Lake City, the surrounding towns, and at nearby ski resorts which offer summer activities in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains.

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Head to the Mountains and Park City

Park City 4th of July

Park City

Head out to Park City to celebrate the holiday in the Wasatch Mountains. Located 32 miles from the Salt Lake International Airport, this historic mining town is home to the largest ski area in the country.

Celebrating begins on July 3rd at Park City Mountain, with their 3rd of July Celebration at Canyons Village featuring family activities and fireworks. 

On July 4th, the parade begins at 11 a.m. on Main Street in Park City. Starting at 3 p.m., musicians play on the Green until the fireworks at dusk. Get your fingers sticky with barbecue, indulge in ice cold beer, and make some memories with family activities.

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Watch Bull Riding at the Oakley Rodeo

Oakley Rodeo

Oakley Rodeo and Celebration

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 and it often sells out.

Come out for this popular PRCA rodeo, with exciting events such as the bucking broncs and fast-riding cowboys roping calves. The rodeo takes place July 3–6, 2019, starting at 8 p.m. and ending with the boom and color of fireworks every night of the rodeo. 

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Watch Fireworks at Jordan Park

Salt Lake City Jordan Park

The University of Utah

Salt Lake City's annual Fourth of July celebration occurs in Jordan Park in the metro area's west side. The fireworks begin at 10 p.m. near the north part of Jordan Park. Come hungry because there will be a variety of food trucks.

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Have Fun in Murray

The traditional Fourth of July community celebration in the town of Murray includes the Fun Days Parade starting at 7:30 a.m. at the NW corner of Fashion Place Mall when the parade participants line up. By 8:30 a.m. the parade with its floats and marching bands will make its way from 6100 S and State north to Vine St (turns east on Vine St to 330 east entrance of Murray Park ending at Hillcrest Jr. High).

During the day, most events, including a Lion's Club breakfast and live entertainment, take place in Murray Park. The day is topped off with a fireworks display.

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Head to the Rodeo and Fireworks in West Jordan

West Jordan Western Stampede

Western Stampede

West Jordan celebrates Independence Day with a nightly PRCA rodeo at the arena. At Veterans Memorial Park, check out the carnival, participate in the fun run, photo scavenger hunt, and shop the crafts at the vendor's tables.

On the 4th, there's a free breakfast, colorful parade, good old-fashioned messy pie eating contest, concert, and, of course, fireworks starting at 10 p.m. The festival takes place July 4, 5 and 6, 2019.

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Celebrate Liberty Days

This Is the Place Heritage Park

This Is the Place Heritage Park

Celebrate Liberty Days at This Is the Place Park, a village with an old West pioneer theme featuring trains and pony rides and a splash park. There will be a watermelon eating contest, tug-of-war and stick horse races where you can cheer on your family members. Watch for traditions such as the Candy Cannon and the Ringing of the Anvil.

The 4th of July celebration begins at 10 a.m. with a solemn flag ceremony and a crisp salute to our Nation conducted by the Sons of the American Revolution and ends at 5 p.m.

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See the Fireworks at Smith's Ballpark

Salt Lake Bees baseball pitcher
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It's an American tradition—going out to the baseball game. The Salt Lake Bees will be playing the El Paso Chihuahuas on July 4–7, 2019. On July 4, 5, and 6, 2019, there will be fireworks at the evening games. Promotions such as $3 beer and post-game kids' runs will add to the fun which starts at 6:35 each night.

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Celebrate America's Freedom in Provo

Fireworks during America's Freedom Festival in Provo

America's Freedom Festival

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 from July 3 through July 6, 2019. Freedom Days brings fun to Provo for four days with a carnival, festival food (think corn on the cob and turkey legs), craft fair, and live entertainment. 

Check out the popular majestic hot air balloon race from 6 to 8 a.m. The Grande Parade, the largest of its kind in Utah, begins at 9 a.m. on July 4 and features national performers, decorated float, and bands.

On July 4, country star Keith Urban headlines at 8 p.m. at the Bank of American Fork Stadium of Fire. 

The long weekend is capped off with Fourth of July fireworks. 

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Enjoy the Utah Symphony's Patriotic Celebration

Utah Symphony

Utah Symphony

Pack a picnic and join the Utah Symphony for a patriotic celebration featuring Broadway star Hugh Panaro, known for performing the role of Phantom in Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera.

Celebrate America as he performs hits from Broadway and patriotic favorites at this performance. The concert is at 5:30 p.m. on July 5, 2019, at Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater in Park City. Advance tickets and gourmet picnic baskets can be purchased online. You can also buy tickets at the amphitheater box office on the day of the concert.

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Experience Colonial History

The Colonial Heritage Foundation puts on Colonial Fest in Orem, Utah. Visit with colonial artisans, see the exhibits and demonstrations, and participate in great debates, public trials, and storytelling in the Old South Church.

They'll have a Mayflower replica and children will be able to play Colonial games and participate in the daily children’s chores to get a sense of what life was like early on in the history of the country.

Military buffs can see the gun displays, experience a cannon firing on the green, and watch military skirmishes between the Continental Army and the British Redcoats. 

The fest takes place July 4–6, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at SCERA Park in Orem.

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See Cries of Freedom, The Musical

Now in its 12th season, the "Cries of Freedom, The Musical" takes place at the SCERA Center for the Arts in Orem. At the end of the show, they will have a special Walk of Honor in which they honor fallen soldiers. This annual extravaganza includes a great line-up of historical personalities, music, and more.

On July 4–6, 2019, at the SCERA Center, you can enjoy a day of fun and activities, many of which are about our nation's history. The musical takes place at 7 p.m. each night.

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Have Pancakes for Breakfast at Snowbird Resort

summer fun at Snowbird Ski Resort
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort

Start your Fourth of July off right with an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and live music 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. The aerial tram will open at 9 a.m. for pancake breakfast participants and other guests.

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