ST. GEORGE — A full day of activities and entertainment — including a 4K race, a patriotic parade, carnival rides, games and live music — are on the docket to help celebrate the 4th of July holiday in St. George.
“Each year, we try to bring new excitement, activities and attractions to celebrate Independence Day,” Aaron Metler, recreation supervisor for city of St. George, said in a news release. “There is something for everyone, so bring the whole family.”
The holiday festivities begin Wednesday at Historic Town Square with the four-day Independence Carnival that includes a variety of carnival-style rides and games. On the 4th, in addition to the carnival, community members can participate in or watch a variety of events that include donut and hot dog eating contests, baby and rubber duck races, karaoke and a talent show.
On Thursday at 6:30 a.m., the Uncle Sam 4K begins as runners hit the streets of downtown St. George, starting and ending in the Historic Town Square parking lot. Each participant will receive an Uncle Sam hat, beard, race T-Shirt and a finisher medal.
Following the race, the Independence Day Parade starts at 7:45 a.m. and will wind its way on Tabernacle Street, from 800 East to 200 West. The parade involves a wide variety of community participants, including members of the St. George City Council and Mayor Jon Pike.
To close out the 4th of July, local radio station 99.9 KONY Country has brought in singer Michael Ray to perform at Dixie State University’s Trailblazer Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and seating is first-come, first-served. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online. Following the concert there will be a large-scale fireworks show.
“There are so many neat ways to celebrate the 4th of July — all of them right in our vibrant downtown,” Metler said. “Begin the day at Historic Town Square for the Uncle Sam 4K, and end the day entertained by the sounds of an up-and-coming country music star and a spectacular fireworks display.”