SOUTHERN UTAH — St. George’s fireworks extravaganza welcomes one and all to publicly assert their annual patriotic zeal. For those not in range of the explosions in the sky produced by the City of St. George and KONY Country, there are several other options.
Below is our list of the top five firework watching destinations, plus several other alternatives for Southern Utahn’s seeking a bursting display of national pride this Independence Day.
- St. George’s 4th of July Celebration – With fireworks launching from multiple spots in valleys and on hills, anyone within the entire St. George basin will see at least one of these displays and those in or around the downtown area will get a jaw dropping 360-degree show. Along with the fireworks, accompanying music will be broadcast by KONY Country radio 99.9 FM live from a massive downtown celebration. If you decide to stay home, you can still watch the fireworks and tune in to the radio broadcast. | A slew of Friday festivities will take place in Vernon Worthen Park and neighboring Dixie Sun Bowl culminating with a free concert. | Fireworks begin around 10 p.m. Before the party starts, there’s an early morning 5K run, breakfast and national anthem, followed by the Fourth of July Parade at 8 a.m. on the streets surrounding Vernon Worthen Park.
- Lake Powell’s Fireworks Spectacular – For those willing to drive a few hours, or already vacationing at the lake, the mesmerizing firework show above the revered Lake Powell is hard to beat. This show is launched from the rim of the lake resulting in a dazzling reflected firework display above the water for boaters, campers and anyone near the Utah border town of Page, Arizona. The show has been redesigned this year with more shells then last year – 1,841 to be exact – and will include synchronized music and new “low level fireworks” which produce shaped effects and visually stunning scenes | Best viewing areas can be found here. | Fireworks start at 9 p.m. MST and are launched from the Lake Powell National Golf Course in Page. Remember: Arizona does not observe daylight saving time – 9 p.m. in Page is 10 p.m. in Utah.
- Brian Head’s Chill on the Hill with fireworks over the pond – Relax while you watch fireworks framed by tall slender pine trees in the cool alpine town of Brian Head. At almost 10,000 feet above sea level Brian Head Town’s daylong Fourth of July celebration is ideal for those looking to escape the heat and enjoy a festival atmosphere before the fireworks. The festival ends with a firework display over the newly built Bristlecone Pond. | Fireworks will launch at dusk after several hours of live music.
- Kanab’s Independence Day Celebration – For a hometown traditional Independence Day celebration, visit Kanab’s Jacob Hamblin Park Friday. The event culminates with a fireworks display. Start your day off with a flag raising at 7:30 a.m., Lions Club breakfast from 7-9 a.m., parade at 10 a.m. and fair from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. At 5 p.m., several local and out-of-town entertainers will perform until the fireworks begin. | Fireworks start at approximately 9:30 p.m. and will be followed by an outdoor movie projected onto a large inflatable screen in the park.
- Mesquite’s Rockets over the Red Mesa – For an explosive celebration with live American music, visit Mesquite, Nevada’s fireworks show. The show begins with an hour of live music provided by the 31 piece Nevada POPS Orchestra which will play American pop songs and, of course, patriotic songs. | The live performance will start at 8 p.m. PDT. Fireworks will start going off at 9 p.m. PDT during the performance. The best viewing area is behind the Eureka Casino and Hotel. Remember: 9 p.m. in Mesquite is 10 p.m. in Utah.
Other fireworks show options:
- Hurricane City – Around 10 p.m. the fire department will be launching their firework show from the hill on the north side of town near 600 North. Best viewing spot: Any of the baseball fields surrounding the American Legion park. Fireworks start at approximately 10 p.m.
- Cedar City – The Fire Department will launch off a firework show from the area of Lund Road and 1600 North. Best viewing area is along Lund Highway. A portion of 1600 North will be blocked off for viewers. Fireworks start at dark. At 7 a.m. a 5K-10K Freedom Run and family walk will start from Old Enoch Park at 1702 East 5250 North. After the run, starting at 9:30 a.m. the parade will start in Cedar City followed by a day of activities in the Main Street Park.
Town celebrations without fireworks
7–9 a.m. | Lions Club Pancake Breakfast | Springdale Elementary School Lawn
9:30 a.m. | Downtown Springdale Parade | Line up at 9:00 at Lion Boulevard
2 p.m. | Zion Canyon Village Americana Celebration | In front of the Market and Brew Pub near Zion National Park’s pedestrian entrance
- Live Music: Harry O’s band Oysters Rockefeller and Pine Mountain Bluegrass Band will perform outside with a BBQ and Beer Garden
- Snow cones, free water slides and water bounce houses to cool off
- Kid and adult watermelon eating contests, crafts and facepainting for the kids
- Slackline competition hosted by Zion Outfitter with a $100 Adidas gift certificate and other prizes
- 8:30 | Parade which will go down Main Street to the LDS Stake Center | Line up at 111 South Main at the Old White Church at 8:00 AM, the parade .
- 9 a.m. | Flag Ceremony | Wanlass Park |
- After flag ceremony | Wanlass Park fair | Races, games and fun activities
- Bounce houses, a water slide and much more.
- Entertainment will start at 10 a.m.
- 7-9 a.m. | Breakfast at New Harmony Fire Station
- 10 a.m. | Parade | Lineup at 9:30 a.m. at head of town
- 10:30 a.m. | Program at New Harmony Park, off Interstate-15 exit 42
- 11 a.m. | Hamburgers, hotdogs
- All day | Games for the kids followed by potluck dinner followed by a dance
This list is not all-inclusive. If you have other Independence Day celebrations you’d like included, please email to email@example.com
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