OGDEN -- Starting the night before, a patchwork of blankets and quilts circled the pond at Ada Lindquist Plaza on the Weber State University campus. Each marked a spot for a spectator wanting to catch the best possible view of the Lindquist Family Symphony Pops and Fireworks event Sunday.
The event, which is in its 33rd year, featured a performance by New American Philharmonic, with the return of the cannoneers to fire the 17 cannons at the finale of the "1812 Overture." A fireworks extravaganza followed the concert, which was broadcast on the university's radio station, KWCR 88.1 FM.
"I think we have a winning kind of program," event coordinator Marsha Richter said. "It has just been such a favorite of the campus and the community of Northern Utah."
The number of spectators continues to grow each year, and organizers expected about 60,000 visitors this year.
"We just have a great family-friendly atmosphere," Richter said.
American Fork resident Carol Reid has attended the event with her extended family for decades.
"It's a family tradition," Reid said, "We've been coming here for over 30 years."
Reid and her immediate family came early this year to save a spot for the rest of the brood, but in the end, she said, there will be 40-45 people enjoying the event together.
While they waited for the show to begin, families gathered around playing games, having picnics and chatting.
Cousins from Kaysville, Leah and Michelle Lunt staked out a spot for their friends to enjoy the late-night light show.
"We love fireworks," Leah said, "they are magical."
This was Leah's first year and Michelle's second year at the program. Michelle said she saw everyone having a good time.
"I think the fireworks are awesome," Michelle said, "I like how it is the biggest fireworks show ever, and everyone brings their food and coolers while they are waiting for the fireworks to go off."