4th of July Events in Utah: How to Celebrate Independence Day as a Family

The events until July 4 are already well underway, but there is still time to find something fun to do with the family. Upcoming events in Utah include hot air balloon rides, farmers markets, shows and more.

Here is a list of fun and original ways to celebrate Independence Day:

Salt Lake County

  • Laser Light Night: Since Salt Lake County discourages the use of fireworks, authorities have elected to replace the annual fireworks display with a laser firework display. It will start at dusk and last 15-20 minutes at Jordan Park on Saturday July 2.
  • Gateway’s 4th of July Celebration: The Gateway claims to be “the best entertainment destination Salt Lake City has to offer” and on July 4th it will host events such as lawn games, karaoke and face painting. The entertainment will start at 5 p.m. and end with a fireworks display.

Utah County

  • Balloon Fest: This annual festival has been drawing crowds to Provo for 38 years. On Friday from 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., the balloons will shine. Saturday morning and Monday morning from 6am to 8am, the balloons will fill up and fly away. Participants are free to roam and be entertained as pilots compete in balloons that jump 200 to 300 feet off the ground.
  • Family street dance after Stadium of Fire: A lesser-known tradition at the Stadium of Fire show is the family dance party. It features a paid DJ and takes place on the west side of the stadium after the show.

Weber County

  • North Ogden Cherry Days: The festival is a full day event where you can join anytime. It begins at 7 a.m. with a Sunrise Patriotism Ceremony on Monday and includes a 5K, children’s bike parade and entertainment including a petting zoo and fire truck spray. It will end at the end of the day with a concert and fireworks at 10 p.m.
  • Snowbasin Blues, Brews, & BBQ: To escape the heat, head to Earl’s Lodge Patio at the Snowbasin Resort to listen to national and local artists perform with a drink in hand and food on your plate. On Sundays, the music runs from noon to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tickets start at $10.

Davis County

  • Kaysville and Fruit Heights 4th of July Celebration: What makes this event unique is its interfaith devotion on Sunday evenings. Guest speakers Utah Gov. Spencer Cox and Col. Craig R. Andrle, commander of the 388th Wing at Hill Air Force Base, will appear in the auditorium at Davis High School and will be accompanied by special patriotic musical numbers from the band.
  • Centerville Celebration: Do you have a spikeball fan in your life? Friday evening at the community park, a spikeball competition will begin at 6 p.m. You can register at utahroundnet.com. Other games for the family including laser game and inflatable games all day Saturday July 2.

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