Patriotic music, BBQs, and firework extravaganza—these things make the 4th of July so great! America's Independence is celebrated on a large scale in Utah, and there's a lot to do and see throughout the state.
Thanksgiving Point Firework Show (July 4, 2020, no public viewing options available)
Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah, is an excellent 4th of July getaway. Not only does it have a fantastic garden, the Museum of Ancient Life, Farm Country, the Museum of Natural Curiosity, and the Butterfly Biosphere, but it also hosts Thanksgiving Point Firework Show, one of the most impressive in the region. Visitors can watch the colorful display and sparkles from inside the Electric Park or near Traverse Outlets overlooking the valley. There are also games and food starting at 4 pm and the fireworks start at 10 pm.
Stadium of Fire, America's Freedom Festival at Provo (postponed until 2021)
One of the largest 4th of July events in America—Stadium of Fire—is an amazing annual show in Provo, part of the Freedom Festival series. Held at Lavell Edwards Stadium, the festival puts up one of the biggest firework shows in Utah and features the biggest rock and country stars, attracting thousands of spectators. With headliners like Keith Urban, Miley Cyrus, Blue Man Group, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Cirque du Soleil, and Tim McGraw, this show shouldn't be missed. The patriotic extravaganza starts at 8 pm.
Balloon Fest, America's Freedom Festival at Provo (postponed until 2021)
During a few days before or after July 4th, the Freedom Festival also runs the Balloon Fest. Over 25,000 spectators gather to witness and experience a few dozen of these giants close-up during the early morning rides and daily competitions.
Note: 2020 America's Freedom Festival canceled all events except fireworks.
2020 Salt Lake Bees Firework Show at Smith’s Ballpark (unconfirmed)
Salt Lake City has a lot to offer during the Fourth of July weekend. The most traditional way to celebrate is to watch America's two most favorite shows—baseball and fireworks. Salt Lake Bees Firework Show provides both. The show, taking place at Smith’s Ballpark, features Salt Lake Bees baseball team followed by a spectacular pyrotechnic display.
Liberty Days at Heritage Park, Salt Lake City (postponed until 2021)
For families, the best place to celebrate in Salt Lake City is Liberty Days at Heritage Park with tons of activities, like firing off a fun Candy Cannon, kids' train and pony rides, and dancing on Main Street. For the fireworks, check out Jordan Park, 6 mi (10 km) west of the Heritage Park, or Sugarhouse Park, that's 5 mi (8 km) southwest.
2020 Sandy City's July 4th Celebration (canceled)
Sandy 4th of July Celebration greets Independence Day with a big bang! All traditional events are here in Sandy City: the parade at South Towne Promenade includes, games and activities, a live concert, food, and it ends with a fireworks display after 10 pm.
2020 West Jordan's 4th of July Celebrations (canceled)
West Jordan is the perfect spot to celebrate the Fourth of July in American West style. Western Stampede at Veterans Memorial Park is a major event for the area that includes a rodeo at West Jordan Rodeo Arena, the Grand Parade, outdoor movies, and carnival in the Memorial Park. The day is filled with family-friendly activities and it ends with a pyrotechnic salute to America.
2020 July 4th Rodeo & Celebration in Oakley (canceled/modified format)
Oakley is a picturesque town in the mountains, famous for its Independence Day Rodeo & Celebration. An exciting PRCA Rodeo has all traditional competitions like bucking horses and bulls. With raging bulls and cowboys, this is the best occasion to discover the heritage of the American West. Fireworks end the rodeo at 8 pm. The rodeo is held at the Oakley Recreation Complex.
Note: 2020 edition was canceled and all tickets were rolled over to 2021. However, a modified version of rodeo will go on. It's reduced to three performances in July 2–4. The public will be able to attend in limited numbers on July 3–4, with a lottery system being devised for purchasing tickets.
Park City 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks (July 3, 2020, tentative)
Park City Mountain Resort holds an impressive firework show every July 4th. Home of Utah’s Olympics isn't only famous for its sports and outdoor attractions. Its 4th of July party is no less worthy. With live bands, delicious BBQ, rock climbing, a zip line, and the alpine slide, there are many adventures ahead. And it all ends with spectacular fireworks over Park City Mountain Village.
Note: If Covid-19 doesn't force any cancelation, in 2020, the extended holiday of America is due to kick off with 3rd of July Celebration at Canyons Village at Park City.
Kanab's Independence Day Celebration (July 4, 2020, tentative)
The city of Kanab in Southern Utah is famous for its classic American West scenery and proximity to such attractions as Zion National Park. Located in Kane County, this area was first settled in 1864. This is another reason to visit this historic place and its Fourth of July celebrations. The day starts with live entertainment, including the Parade, 5K Color Run, and other activities. It ends with fantastic fireworks over red rock basin of Utah and Jacob Hamblin Park.
Note: By visiting this event, guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
2020 North Ogden Cherry Days (canceled)
North Ogden celebrates 4th of July with North Ogden Cherry Days festival. The day starts with Sunrise Patriotic Ceremony North Ogden Park, the breakfast in North Ogden Park, and 5K Fun Run/Walk at Intermountain North Ogden Parking Lot. Children's Parade at Washington Boulevard and Cherry Days Parade at Washington Boulevard start around 9:30 am. The parade is followed by a car show, festival in North Ogden Park with vendors, Kid's Corner games and activities, bounce house and inflatables. Volleyball Tournament and Comedy Hypnotist Show give place to a concert in Barker Park and fireworks begin at 10 pm.