ST. GEORGE — Utah will celebrate its 125th birthday with a bang on Jan. 4. Cities in all 29 counties will host simultaneous fireworks shows, with a showing at Tech Ridge in Washington County as well as locations in all of Southern Utah’s counties.
The fireworks will go off at 7:30 p.m. across the state.
Besides the Washington County site, fireworks will be launched at the Iron County Fairgrounds in Parowan, Triple C Outdoor Arena in Panguitch, Jacob Hamblin Park in Kanab and Tushar Mountain Ball Park in Beaver. The presentation coincides with Utah’s inauguration day. Washington County will host the first gubernatorial inauguration to take place outside of Salt Lake City since Utah became a state, according to a press release from Washington County.
There will also be a televised celebration, “Thrive125: A Utah Celebration,” on Fox 13, ABC 4, KSL and CBS 2 at 6:30 p.m. and a repeat airing at 8:30 p.m. on PBS Utah.
The special will feature celebrity guests and musical performances by notable Utah performers, according to the event’s website, to celebrate Utah’s artistic heritage, cultural diversity and scenic wonders.
Utah became the 45th state in 1896, after a complicated and controversial journey, according to the website. Utah’s leaders applied seven times for statehood over five decades.
For more information about fireworks displays and the TV special, visit the event’s webpage.
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