Fourth festivities keep things poppin'

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 1:49 PM

Janelle Hyatt

If you’re looking for a taste of not just snow cones, but of Utah’s small-town friendliness, this year’s menu for July 4 has plenty of selections.

Early-morning pancakes, cotton candy, marching bands and fireworks will be the stars at communities across Northern Utah as Utahns step out for Independence Day activities.

Take, for instance, Riverdale’s Old Glory Days. In addition to the familiar baby contest and donut-eating contests, new this year will be that benchmark of childhood, the pinewood derby — “for kids of all ages,” said event organizer Colleen Winget.

“We keep the home-town feel,” she says. “We like to keep simple things.”

She doesn’t remember a time — in the 32 years she’s lived in the city — she hasn’t attended the annual celebration.

“The locals love just coming together,” she said. “I’ve talked with lots of people who say, ‘We always have to come to Riverdale because we love the hometown feel.’ That’s what we keep trying to do.”

Many of the family-focused events have become traditions; for instance, the party on Tuesday, July 3, where Riverdale children come together to decorate their bicycles to ride in the next day’s parade, Winget said.

It’s that kind of tradition that Dave Price likes about Layton’s Liberty Days. Following a day of parading and enjoying activities in the park, celebrators gather for a free concert by the New American Philharmonic Symphony. The traditional highlight of the concert is the Cannoneers, who fire cannons during the William Tell Overture. “It’s become a tradition,” said Price, director of Layton’s parks and recreation. “When you hear the cannons go off, you know the fireworks will start.”

Price said the Layton festivities attract not only Layton residents, but people from across Northern Utah. “People tour around; I think enjoy having different venues to attend,” he said.

“We have a tremendous ‘party of the people,’” he added. “Come early and stay late -- it’ll be a fun day.”

Here’s a roundup of Independence Day events in the Top of Utah.

Farr West

On Wednesday, July 4, events begin with breakfast from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.; 5K Run/Walk at 7 a.m.; parade at 10 a.m.; games, food and booths follow; souvlaki dinner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; skydivers at 9 p.m., with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. All events at Mountain View Park, 1500 N. 1700 West.


Events begin Wednesday, July 4, with breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.; flag-raising at 8:30 a.m.; F-16 flyover at 9:50 a.m. with parade at 10 a.m.; games, food, crafts, vendors and entertainment from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; dinner at 4:30 p.m.; skydivers at 8 p.m.; dance at 8:15 p.m., with fireworks at 10 p.m.; all events at Huntsville City Park, 200 South and 7500 East.


Liberty Days events begin Wednesday, july 4, with breakfast at 7 a.m.; flag-raising and F-16 flyover at 8:45 a.m.; parade at 9 a.m., followed by booths and games; Dutch oven dinner at 7 p.m.; dancing at 8 p.m.; fireworks at dark. All events at Liberty Park, 3600 E. 4100 North.!/events/471603346186613/


Hot Rock’n 4th, at Lorin Farr Park, 1650 S. Canyon Road; gates open at 1 p.m. for entertainment, family games, demolition derby and fireworks. Tickets at


Old Glory Days events begin Wednesday, July 4, at 7 a.m. with a flag ceremony; Lions Club breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; 5K Run/Walk at 7:15 a.m.; pedals and paws children’s parade at 9 a.m.; city parade at 9:30 a.m.; booths, concessions, games and entertainment from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; with fireworks at dusk. All events at Riverside Park, 4360 S. Parker Drive.

Brigham City

Events on Wednesday, July 4, begin with Eagles breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., patriotic program at 9 a.m.; games, concessions and booth from noon to 10 p.m.; fireworks begin at dark; and following fireworks until midnight is an open swim; all events at Pioneer Park on W. Forest Street.


Events begin Wednesday, July 4, at 6:30 a.m. with flag ceremony; pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.; bingo from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.; parade at 10:30 a.m., followed by food and games at 11 a.m., all at Corinne Park.


Events begin Wednesday, July 4, at 7 a.m. with flag-raising; First Responders Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Perry City Park; car shows begins at 10 a.m. at Dale Young Nature Park; parade at 11 a.m.; with kids’ games, booths and concessions beginning at noon.


Events begin Wednesday, July 4, with pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.; 5K run at 7 a.m. and kids’ fun run at 7:45 a.m.; parade at 10 a.m.; food, games and entertainment from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; pulled pork dinner from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; veterans’ flag ceremony at 7 p.m.; with evening entertainment at 8 p.m. featuring Eric Dodge and Talia Wilson; all events at Riverside Park.

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