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Monday, June 28, 2010

America's Freedom Festival Events Begin In Provo

America's Freedom Festival is a massive Independence Day celebration now underway in Provo. It includes the popular Stadium of Fire.

See the official website for details about the events. Below are excerpts.

Big news! Five-time Grammy Award winning superstar Carrie Underwood is coming to this year’s Stadium of Fire!

Several internationally-recognized Utah musicians will also perform at the Stadium of Fire, including The 5 Browns, Jenny Oaks Baker, The Osmonds Second Generation, and Eric Dodge!

Family. Freedom. God. Country. These are our most cherished and celebrated values. Join the Freedom Festival this year in commemorating our shared American legacy through unique, inspiring, educational and patriotic events.

The Deseret News has this article previewing the festival. Below are excerpts.

"We about burned down the stadium one year," said Alan Osmond, who produced the first Stadium of Fire in 1970. "I took on a challenge of lighting over a million firecrackers. In six seconds those things ignited and (it) looked like Hiroshima in there."

While the Stadium of Fire is celebrating its 30-year milestone, the Freedom Festival itself goes back even further, with roots that can be traced back to the 1870s. "The early Provo people, they've always had patriotism in their blood, I think," said Freedom Festival executive director Paul Warner.

Including the Stadium of Fire and the Grand Parade, the festival features 26 events, many of which take place this week.

The festivities will begin early Friday, as about 25 hot air balloons take to the air in the Freedom Festival's Balloon Fest. The event is free and allows families and children to watch up-close as the balloons are inflated.

Hearkening back to the time of the Founding Fathers, the Freedom Festival also plays host to Colonial Days. Visitors to the Colonial Square, 275 E. Center St., can tour Jamestown and the Mayflower or meet historic figures like George Washington, Abigail Adams, Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin.

Also rooted in American history is the festival's Milestones of Freedom: Many Nations, One America. Orem's Scera Park will be transformed into Ellis Island, giving participants an idea of what it was like to immigrate to the United States. On Center Street in Provo, another event, Freedom Days, features booths, activities, entertainment and food.

The Balloon Fest, Colonial Days, Milestones of Freedom and Freedom Days will be held Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday, July 5.

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