8 Great Spots to Watch Fireworks This 4th of July
Jun 30, 2017
By: Baya Voce
If you consider fireworks and hotdogs to be the greatest gifts, the Fourth of July is like Christmas in… uh… July. Tis the season to kick off your shoes, grab your cooler and watch some ’splosions!
The Average Joes of the world will go to a friend’s house, throw some snap pops and light a couple fountains. But for adventurers, for revelers, for true patriots, this just won’t cut it, so we’ve put a list together of the top 8 places to watch fireworks in Utah.
Sugar House Park (Salt Lake City)
The rest of the year, Sugar House Park is a big green pedestrian area with the cutest ducks you’ll ever see. On the Fourth of July, the park transforms into the party of all parties with a fair during the day, music in the evening and fireworks at dusk. It’s so popular that parking can be tricky, but it’s worth the walk or public-transit ride.
Smith's Ballpark (Salt Lake City)
Why not double down on the fireworks this season and add in a concert and a barbecue? (Is that tripling down?) Chow down at Smiths Ballpark while you listen to the band America play hits like “A Horse With No Name,” followed by a fireworks show at Independence Day at the Ballpark. What’s more American than that? BYO apple pie. Tickets are $25 for general admission.
South Towne Promenade (Sandy)
If dad-friendly folk rock isn’t your bag, how about a full day in Sandy at the city’s annual event, with a 5k run, youth arts festival, parade, food and a BMX stunt show? Not enough? How about entertainment all day headlined by a Groove Merchants concert and fireworks that night? Still not sure? IT’S FREE.
Stadium of Fire (Provo)
Check out the loudest fireworks show in the United States… in your backyard. Provo is known for a lot of things (their dirty soda being at the top of our list, but that’s neither here nor there), including their Stadium of Fire concert and fireworks show, which has garnered some serious attention nationwide as the loudest fireworks show in the U.S. It’s on Saturday, July 1, this year, which makes it easier to find a babysitter than it would be on the 4th. (If you bring your kids, earplugs wouldn’t be the worst idea.) Country music stars Little Big Town and Hunter Hayes will perform, along with Utah’s favorite comedian, Brian Regan. Tickets range from $29 to $179.
The Fourth of July celebration in Park City lasts all day, can be as mellow or exciting as you want it to be, has a great parade that strolls right through Main Street. Park City just feels like it was made to host events like this, with great shopping and eating and lots of activities for the kiddos, too. Plus it’s usually 10 degrees cooler than the Wasatch Front.
Kanab was kind enough to call their Independence Day celebration race a “Color Run/Walk,” adding that “/walk” bit for those of us who love exercise-as-celebration but may not love running. Not only are Kanab’s parade and fireworks show amazing, but if you’re going to make a weekend out of it, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary has some of the most stunning views and the cutest animals on the planet. People travel from all over the world to volunteer here, which you and your kids can do, too.
If spending the day exploring red rocks sounds as good as a festival, try heading to Moab for the weekend where you can do both. Their annual celebration lasts all day so you can pop in and out between bikes and hikes, but make sure you’re back to watch fireworks against the insanely gorgeous Moab backdrop.
Another one where the destination is as big a draw as the festival, Brian Head is also likely to be the coolest party on this list all the way up there at 9,800 feet. A family-friendly day of music, food, activities and rusty-red/forest-green scenery.