As the blossoms begin forming in the trees and gardens across northern Utah, so too do the summertime plans begin taking shape on calendars all across the state. Among the most popular of these calendar items is the grand daddy of them all, Independence Day.
Most likely the Fourth of July celebrations will begin to materialize this year on Friday, June 30th, since the fourth is on a Tuesday. Some of the most popular options in Northern Utah are just a short trip into the cooler Ogden Valley. The following options may be just the thing to make your best memories this coming July.
HUNTSVILLE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
Each year, the popular Huntsville Celebration draws thousands to enjoy the small town flavor of a patriotic weekend of events. The main draw for most people has been the popular Breakfast in the Park, which serves thousands of pancakes to hungry revelers.
A flag ceremony starts the day off right, followed by The Rob Burton Memorial Run, which includes a 10k, a 5k and a 1 Mile race for the kids. The first race starts at 7:00 am, and you’ll have to run fast because the ever popular pancake breakfast also begins at 7:00, and you’ll want to get there early to ensure a favorable spot in line. The breakfast lasts until 10:00 am, just in time for the parade to start.
The Huntsville parade features all the usual suspects of a good old fashioned home town event, tractors, local politicians, an occasional political float, and a few goats walking the course with (or without) their proud owners. There’s even a few larger floats mixed in, sponsored by Powder Mountain and Snowbasin resorts. It’s a staple for the holiday, but if you’re looking to avoid the congestion of a bigger city, and also the heat, this is the parade for you.
Following the parade, the festivities in the park ramp up in full swing with live music all day, tons of booths for the kids with face painting, games and a forest of bounce houses. A small convoy of food trucks also come together like wagons on the prairie to offer sustenance to folks during the day.
The day culminates with a fireworks show as the sun sets over the high peaks of the Wasatch mountain range. The most savvy viewer of pyrotechnics may want to seek high ground to catch the shows from both Huntsville and Liberty, or you may just choose to relax after a day on the historic Huntsville Town Square.
For more information and schedule of events, visit their site here, HUNTSVILLE TOWN →
Who wouldn’t want to spend the day we set aside to celebrate our country’s freedom in a place other than Liberty, Utah? The aptly named town’s celebration has become one of the best kept secrets around. The day kicks off with a breakfast and patriotic flag ceremony, a parade shortly after and then the fun really gets going.
The carnival during Liberty Days features tons of family friendly favorites like mutton bustin’, a chicken catch and pig chase as well as mechanical bull riding. Then there’s the more traditional competitions like tugs of war, sack races, horseshoes a cake walk and volleyball.
One of the highlights of the Liberty Days Celebrations, at least among the kids, is the Fish Catch. A huge vat of water and rainbow trout are brought to the park and kids are then allowed (for a small $5 fee), to stand around the edges of the water and catch a fish with their bare hands. The squeals and excitement can barely be contained when little ones actually manage to land one.
The day finished off with a concert, dinner, a mechanical bull riding competition and dancing, then ending with a patriotic tribute and fireworks show.
The once unknown celebration is quickly gaining in popularity due to the large variety of activities and small, home town feel of the event. This is one celebration that should be on everyone’s list this summer.
For more information and schedule of events, visit the website here, LIBERTY DAYS →