Freedom Days, at Center Street and University Avenue, includes booths of food, activities, specialty products, live entertainment, and more.
Friday, July 1 – 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday, July 2 – 8:00 am to 10:00 pm
Monday, July 4 – 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Utah Symphony at Sundance:  July 1 at 8 pm.  The performance will take place at the Eccles Stage Outdoor Amphitheatre with David Cho conducting.  Guests are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes in advance. As temperatures drop quickly after sundown, guests are advised to dress appropriately, in layers.  Concessions will be available.  Outside food and drink are not permitted.  Tickets may be purchased by calling 801-355-ARTS, in person at Abravanel Hall and Capitol Theatre, or at http://www.utahsymphonyopera.org.

Colonial Days:  July 1, 2, 4 from 10 am to dusk.  Located at the Crandall Historical Printing Museum (275 E. Center St.), it provides free entertainment, family activities, and live encampments with demonstrations of daily colonial life.

Balloon Fest:  July 1, 2 at 6:30 am, Bulldog Field (1100 N. Freedom Blvd.).  The event offers families and children the privilege of walking around the balloons as they inflate. Make sure and arrive at 6:30am to see the balloons inflate.  Keeping in the tradition of the Balloon Fest, pilots will again participate in the Hare and the Hound competition where “hound” balloons try to drop bean bags onto a target laid out by the “hare.” They can obtain additional points through jousting as they attempt to pop large balloons with sharp sticks 200 to 300 feet above the ground. Top pilots from around the nation come to compete in this unique and difficult event.

Stadium of Fire featuring Brad Paisley and David Archuleta is Saturday, July 2, at 8 pm.  Fireworks follow the performances so if you don’t have tickets, you can still watch the fireworks.  One good location is on the lawn just West of the LDS Provo Temple, right off of 900 E.

Freedom Run:  July 4 at 7 am at Kiwanis Park (820 N. 1100 E.).

Grand Parade:  July 4 at 9 am.

The parade will follow the same route that it has in previous years. It begins at 960 N. University Ave. and proceeds south to 100 S. and then turns east to 200 E. From there it turns north to Center St. and then turns east and ends at 900 E.

Reserved bleacher seats for the Grand Parade may be purchased at the Utah Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau starting June 1. Tickets are $7.00 each. The offices of the Utah Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau are located in historic downtown Provo on the corner of University Avenue and 100 South.  Spectators may “stake out” their claim to a spot along University Avenue no earlier than July 3, 2011 at 3:00pm per Provo City Ordinance. All other portions of the parade route can not be claimed or reserved until July 4, 2011 at 5:00am.

 

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