By Madison Austin
Jun 20, 2018

The Top 5 Fourth of July Activities for Scouts and Families

Looking for fun, family-friendly activities to do this Fourth of July? Well look no further. From participating in the Stadium of Fire to placing flags on veterans’ graves, Utah offers many festive and patriotic activities throughout the whole month of July. These five activities are so good, even the founding fathers would approve of them. 

Be Part of the Stadium of Fire Opening Ceremonies

The opportunity of a lifetime awaits Scouts this Fourth of July. Scouts can participate in the opening ceremony of Stadium of Fire this year, sharing the stage with OneRepublic, the concert headliners. Participants must attend a rehearsal on July 3 and the live performance on July 4. As many as 150 Boy Scouts, Ventures or Explorers (age 11 or older youth) in FULL uniform (Scout shirt, Scout pants, Scout belt, and Scout socks) are invited to participate. Due to time and production constraints, this event is not appropriate for Cub Scouts. There is also a limited need for some adult chaperones. Groups who bring 10 or more Scouts are invited to bring one adult chaperone per 10 Scouts. Participants (Scouts and chaperones) will get a FREE ticket to watch the Stadium of Fire featuring OneRepublic. For more information, or to sign up, visit

Where: LaVelle Edwards Stadium, Provo, Utah

When: Rehearsal July 3, performance July 4

More info: James Brown via email at

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Place Flags at Veteran’s Graves 

Honor the memory of our veterans by placing flags throughout the Provo Cemetery with 13-yr-old Preston Sharp, who was honored by the president at the State of the Union for his project Veterans Flags and Flowers. Join Preston in ensuring that no veteran goes forgotten this Fourth of July. 

Preston has placed flowers on veterans’ graves throughout many states like California, Nevada, Oregon, Virginia, and Florida. As of January 2018, Preston has organized the placement of more than 40,000 flags and red carnations on veterans headstones. He has accomplished this with the assistance of many in the community who come out to help clean headstones, replace weathered flags and flowers and say “Thank You” to those that have provided their services to our country. 

When: July 3, 9:00 am

Where: Provo Cemetery

More Info: or call 801-224-6168

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By the Dawn’s Early Light Flag Raising

Wake up early on the Fourth of July to witness history as what the group says is the largest American Flag ever to fly is unfurled over the canyon near Pleasant Grove. 

The Flag is more than a quarter of an acre in size and those wanting to see it unfurled can head to Grove Creek Trail. 

When: 8 a.m., July 4

Where: Grove Creek Trail, Pleasant Grove

More Info: herald

Provo Freedom Festival Parade 

Attend Provo, Utah’s Grand Parade – the largest of its kind in the state of Utah – highlighting freedom through bands, professionally crafted floats, giant helium balloons and local and national performers. Parade entrants have the unique challenge to promote patriotism and traditional family values to around 300,000 spectators, through music, displays, dance and other creative and meaningful expression. The parade begins at 960 N. University Ave. and proceeds south to 200 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.

When:  July 4 at 9am

Where: Provo, Utah

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Balloon Festival

Watch as hot air balloons take flight over Utah Valley. According to the Herald Extra, this is a 33-year old tradition where more than 25,000 spectators marvel as 35 hot air balloons inflate and fly, taking part in challenges like the “Hare and the Hound competition,” as pilots attempt to pop balloons that are floating 200 to 300 feet above. This is part of Provo’s Freedom Festival, which hosts many other fun family activities throughout the whole month of July. 

When: July 1, 3 and 4 starting at 6 a.m.

Where: 1100 N. Freedom Blvd., Provo

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Author: Madison Austin | Marketing Associate, Utah National Parks Council 

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4 thoughts on “The Top 5 Fourth of July Activities for Scouts and Families

  1. AvatarTravis Ludlow

    The Nephi 4th of July Carnival is a complete fundraiser for FOS. I think that should be on the list.

  2. AvatarRandy D. Edwards, CSM (R)

    Preston will only be at the Provo Cemetery at 9 am July 3rd, We need youth to help place the Flags on the graves with him at 9 am.
    Please help correct the time and date and distribute to everyone we can PLEASE

    Preston Sharp “Flags and Flowers” Foundation and the Freedom Festival Flags and Flowers Committee

  3. AvatarRandy D. Edwards, CSM (R)

    Any one wanting the correct information to Preston Sharp Flags and Flowers… 801-224-6168
    He will only be at the Historical Cemetery and conduct his Falgs and Flowers Ceremony at 9 AM, Provo
    We need every cub, Boy Scout, and Eagles…to place flags and flowers on the graves with Preston


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