WASHINGTON COUNTY – The sounds of patriotism, respect and thankfulness echoed through the air in Southern Utah as Washington County celebrated this beautiful country Friday. The Fourth of July is a time to reflect and appreciate the trials Americans have gone through and the people who helped found and build this nation.
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Videocast by Samantha Tommer, St. George News
After a full day of celebration beginning with the Uncle Sam 5K at 6:30 a.m., a parade and festivities in Vernon Worthen Park, the City of St. George concluded the day with a free concert hosted by KONY Country 99.fm radio, the City of St. George and SkyWest Airlines, and a massive fireworks display in the skies over downtown St. George and the Dixie Sun Bowl.
Although clouds and heavy wind imposed a possible threat to the concert, the weather quickly calmed down and did not cause any interruption to the scheduled events.
For the past 27 years, the City of St. George and KONY Country have partnered together to bring the largest Fourth of July celebration in Southern Utah.
The musical entertainment portion of the night began with the KONY Country Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Thirty local musicians auditioned in June to perform and compete at Friday night’s showcase. The audience at the semifinals voted online and narrowed the would-be performers to four finalists, including Skylar Richards, Beki Sutton, Luke Beeston and Raven Cain. Finalists played in front of judges during the showcase and Cain won first place.
Once the winners were announced, KONY Country welcomed the night’s featured country rock band, WolfCreek, onto the stage. WolfCreek was originally founded in 1998 and all six members currently live in Las Vegas.
At 10 p.m., the fireworks show sprawled across the skies in duets of pyrotechnic bursts and snap, crackle pops of glorious sprays. The show was accompannied by KONY Country’s live broadcast of music and narrative by radio personality Carl Lamar.
“The fireworks have certainly grown bigger and longer. We got fireworks that shoot higher with bigger displays,” Lamar said.
Heartwarming yet convicting songs about devotion to America bounced off the Sun Bowl arena while many placed hands over their hearts, grateful to have the ability to live in the United States of America.
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