Top of Utah prepares for holiday festivities

Jun 29 2011 - 6:22pm

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Fireworks soar over an audience at Pioneer Park in Brigham City in this file photo.
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Fireworks soar over an audience at Pioneer Park in Brigham City in this file photo.

Fireworks. Carnivals. Mud volleyball. Car shows. Watermelon-eating contests.

If you're looking for a fun way to celebrate the Fourth of July or the founding of your city, you won't be disappointed. This year's festivities have something for everyone.

"This year, we're having a movie in the park, some new games and a donut eating contest," said Colleen Winget, chairman of Riverdale's Old Glory Days. "We've also got a baby contest, golf game and volleyball tournaments."

The fun begins July 1 with the annual golf tournament held at Schneiter's Riverside Golf Course. A full listing of events is included below.

The public is invited to attend all of the events, Winget said.

"Anybody and everybody is invited. It's a fun, relaxed day where you can come and enjoy friends and get reacquainted," she said.

Other cities planning celebrations for the Fourth:

Huntsville: 2750 N. 600 East, Breakfast in the park, 5K and 10K races, flag raising ceremony, F-16 flyover, parade, vendors, games, food, crafts, lunch in the park, train rides, entertainment, 3 on 3 basketball, a hypnotist and fireworks.

Farr West Freedom Festival: 1500 N. 1700 West

July 2 golf tournament at Remuda Golf Course.

July 4 5K run and 2M walk, breakfast in the park, flag ceremony, parade, booths, children's races, volleyball, dinner, prepared by Mayor Jimmie Papageorge and family, skydivers and fireworks.

North Ogden Cherry Days: 2641 N. 400 East

Events begin at 6 a.m. with a sunrise flag ceremony in Bicentennial Park, followed at 7 a.m. by North Ogden Kiwanis breakfast at North Ogden Park. A 5K Fun Run also is at 7 a.m. North Ogden Intermountain Health Center. At 9:30 a.m. the Children's Parade starts on Washington Boulevard with the main parade stepping off at 10.

Activities in North Ogden Park start at noon including kids games, baseball, softball, basketball and volleyball tournaments.

At Weber High School, Cadillacs and Phil n the Blanks play at 7 p.m., a scavenger hunt will start at 8 p.m. and Cherry Days Fireworks begin at 10. Further information is available at North Ogden Community Services or at www.northogdencity.com.

Ogden's Hot Rockin Fourth: Lorin Farr Park, 769 Canyon Road, Ogden.

Demolition derby, obstacle courses, carnival games, rock wall, giant slide, a 5K run/walk and fireworks. Gates open at 1 p.m.

Plain City: 4160 W. 2200 North, July 2 car show, dog show, dinner and live entertainment and movie in the park.

July 4 wake up call, breakfast, blood drive, 5Krun/3Kwalk and a kids parade. Other activities include booths, games, bingo, food, entertainment, chicken scramble and fireworks.

Riverdale: New to this year's Old Glory Days in Riverdale July 4 is the "Are you Smarter than a Fifth Grader," "Minute to Win It," and a doughnut eating contest.

Events start with a baby contest at 5 p.m. June 30. July 1 co-ed volleyball tournament and separate golf tournament, July 1 6 p.m. Pumpers vs. Porkers (firefighters vs. police) softball, and July 2 free family movie in the park at dusk.

July 4 activities start with a 7 a.m. sunrise service and Lions Club $5 breakfast at the Riverdale Park.

The Old Glory Days Parade will remain with its traditional candy throwing starting at 9 a.m. and is set to include a children's parade complete with bikes and pets.

Other events include a 6:30 a.m. 5K run/walk, 11 a.m. kids games, and 1 p.m. 3-on-3 basketball tournament. All events will be held at Riverdale Park, which will host booths, concessions and daytime entertainment beginning at 11 a.m.

The evening will conclude with music, dancing, and a fireworks extravaganza.

See www.riverdalecity.com/meetings_events/special_events/OldGloryDays.htm for more information.

Morgan: This year's Fourth of July festivities will include a free Jon Schmidt concert at 8 p.m. followed by fireworks held at the Morgan High School football stadium. Admission to daytime activities is free and held at Morgan City's Riverside Park, 195 E. 125 North.

The 5K Fun run to benefit the Morgan High School student body officers begins at 7 a.m. Monday. Pre-registration is $15 through July 1 and $20 afterward. A $6 pancake breakfast to benefit the Morgan High volleyball team will begin at 7 a.m. and conclude at 10 a.m. Veterans will conduct a flag ceremony and cannon blast at 8 a.m. Machine pitch baseball championship gets in full swing at 8 a.m.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. Food, children's carnival, activities, entertainment, and vendors booths will be available at Riverside Park from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Skate jam registration begins at 10:45 a.m. at the skate park.

Entertainment from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. will include a reptile show, flute choir, barber shop quartet and battle of the bands.

The local fire department will be on hand to cool the crowd with a fire hose spray at 1:30 p.m. Dinner will be served from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the bowery.

See www.morgan4th.com for more information on this seventh annual event.

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