The 4th of July is coming up soon and there are lots of fun options in Salt Lake County for celebrating the holiday throughout the entire day.
Magna – Magna Cooper Park located at 8950 West 2600 South. Activities include a flag ceremony, breakfast, a 5K Fun Run/Walk, a parade, and music. The fireworks display will begin at 10:00 pm. Click on the link for the full schedule of activities.
Murray – Murray Fun Days is held at the Murray Park on 296 E Murray Park Avenue. Begin your day with breakfast in the park, watching a parade, a 5K race, a chalk art contest, a magician, a puppet show, children’s games, musicians, and much more. Beginning at 10 pm, watch the fireworks display in the park. (No personal fireworks permitted). Click on the link for the full schedule of activities.
Salt Lake Bees – The Smith’s Ballpark at 77 West 1300 South in Salt Lake City. Cheer on the Salt Lake Bees as they take on the El Paso Chihuahuas. A fireworks display will follow the baseball game.
Sandy – 10000 Centennial Parkway. Activities include a flag raising ceremony, a 5K race, spikeball competition, K9 demos, inflatables, crafts, games, food trucks, music and much more. The fireworks display begins at 10 pm. No personal fireworks or sparklers are permitted. This is a pet-free festival; however, service animals are welcome. Click on the link for the full schedule of activities.
South Salt Lake – Fitts Park located at 3050 South 500 East. Activities include a pancake breakfast, a 5K race, run or walk, a flag ceremony, a parade, live music, games and food. Click on the link for the full schedule of activities.
This is the Place Heritage Park – located at 2601 Sunnyside Ave in Salt Lake City. The Sons of the American Revolution will begin the day with a flag ceremony. In addition to the regularly scheduled activities at the park, guests will enjoy the candy cannon, the ringing of the anvil and other special activities planned for the 4th of July.
West Jordan – Veterans Memorial Park at 1985 West 7800 South. A full day of events is scheduled, including a parade, a carnival, a rodeo, music, and ending with a fireworks display. Personal fireworks are not permitted in city parks.
Whether you celebrate the 4th of July privately, or at a community event, please be careful with fireworks.
Fireworks can be frightening to pets. Keep your pets safe, by leaving them inside at home. Be sure to have current contact information on microchip, in the event they do get loose and run away.
The search is on for Easter eggs and hunting for them will be on land and under water, in the morning and after dark. While some events are free and do not require registration, other events do require advance tickets and will sell out in advance.
April 6th & 7th
Storybrook Play Cafe will hold their annual Woodland Bunny Brunch & Easter egg hunt on April 6th and 7th from 10 am – 11:30 am. Visit with the Easter bunny. Eggs are hidden throughout the play space. Tickets include egg hunt and waffle brunch. Tickets price range from $15 -$30 according to age. (see link for details)
Heber Valley Easter Bunny Train enjoy a 40 minute round-trip train ride with the Easter bunny on board. Each child will receive an Easter egg. Be sure to arrive early to enjoy baby animal petting zoo at the depot, and to watch the magician who will be performing 30 minutes before the train departure. Children 2 & under do not require a ticket. $5 for children 3 to 11, $15 for ages 12 & over. See website for tickets, and departure times.
Help support the ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter at their ALS Spring FUNdraiser & Easter Egg Hunt to raise awareness and funds for Utah families impacted by ALS. Additional activities include games, prizes, face painting and cotton candy. Cost is $5 per child or $20 per family. April 13th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. It will be held at the Murray Park, 296 East Murray Park Avenue. – Pavilion 3.
Christmas Box Village Run a 5K race to raise awareness and funds to support teens in foster care. This family friendly event includes a free Kid’s 1 K, Carnival, Easter Egg Hunt and Silent Auction. Held on April 13th at Lakeridge Junior High School, 951 S 400 West in Orem, Utah.
The Utah Food Allergy Network (UFAN) will hold their annual Food Free Easter Egg Hunt for participants who have concerns about food allergies. Pre-registration is necessary due to a limit of 200 participants, for age 12 & under. Cost is $6 per person. It will be held at the Southwood Park, 296 East Murray Park Avenue in Murray at 10:00 am on April 13th.
April 19th & 20th
Riverton City Easter Egg Hunt for Kids & Teens Check the website for details. Night time hunt for teens ages 13 – 18 for candy and cash-filled eggs on April 19th at 9:00 pm. Be sure to bring your own flashlight and basket. At the Riverton City Rodeo Arena, 1300 West 12800 South.
On April 20th, children 12 & under will hunt for candy and toy-filled eggs at 10:00 am. The hunt will take place at the Riverton City Park, 1452 W 12600 S.
West Valley City Parks & Recreation Family Fitness Center Easter Events The following events being either on the 19th or the 20th, see website for details: Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt, Adult Flashlight Egg Hunt, Outdoor Easter Egg Hunt, Indoor Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Egg Plunge and Breakfast with the Bunny. 5415 West 3100 South, West Valley City.
Kearns Recreation Center Easter Egg Hunt Ages 2 -10, hunt begins promptly at 9:00 am on the Oquirrh Park Soccer Field at 5670 South Cougar Lane, Kearns. Call the front desk (385) 468-1715 for questions.
Northwest Recreation Center – Egg Hunt & Egg Dive Hunt for eggs on land or in the pool. April 20th, 9:00 am on the NWRC soccer fields for ages 3 -12. Cost is $3. From 6:00 – 7:00 pm, diving for eggs will take place at the Northwest Recreation Center Pool. For ages 3 -12, the egg dive is divided into 4 age groups, and includes a shallow water egg hunt, egg dive, log rolling, in water climbing rock. 1255 Clark Avenue, Salt Lake City. Call the front desk (385) 468-1305 for questions.
Petersen Family Farm Easter Egg Hunt Hunt for Easter eggs hidden throughout the farm. Pay $0.50 per egg, you decide how many you want to find. Be sure to open the eggs before leaving, as some will include passes for educational workshops, gift cards, and other fun prizes. April 20th, 9 am to 2 pm. 11887 South 4000 West, Riverton, Utah.
Redwood Recreation Center Easter Egg Hunt Bring your own basket, free candy, prizes and meet the Easter bunny, for ages 12 & under. April 20th the egg hunt begins at 9:00 am sharp on the west side of Redwood Recreation Center, 3060 S Lester Street, West Valley City.
South Jordan City Spring Spectacular Meet the Easter bunny at South City Park, 11000 S Redwood Road at 10:00 at the free Easter egg hunt. Festivities continue throughout the day at the Fitness & Aquatic Recreation Center, including magic shows, face painting, balloon artists, crafts, meet your favorite Mascot at the Mascot Alley, and Easter Pool plunge. See website for times and details.
Thanksgiving Point Easter Eggstreme Egg hunts take place every half hour between 10:30 to 1:00 pm on April 20th at Electric Park. The Easter bunny will be available to meet and take photos with the children. Additional activities include jumping on inflatables, face painting, and riding the cow train. Check website for prices, save by buying tickets in advance. Activities are scheduled from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. 3003 North Thanksgiving Way, Lehi.
Wheeler Farm Easter Egg Hunt Annual Children’s Easter Egg Hunt with an option to hunt for eggs on the lawn or in the woods. Pre-registration is required, and opens on March 20th. Visit with the Easter bunny and enjoy a wagon ride. April 20th, 9 am – 2:30 pm. Wheeler Historic Farm, 6352 South 900 East, Salt Lake City.
There is a long history of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in the United States. Despite the long tradition, there are some misconceptions and lesser known St Patrick’s Day Facts. The first celebration occurred in Boston, Massachusetts in 1737. According to the 2015 census, 32.7 million U.S. residents claim Irish ancestry which is approximately 7 times the population of Ireland. Common celebrations often include festivities of eating Irish food, socializing at local pubs, listening to Irish music and storytelling.
Here are a few of the upcoming community events in Utah to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
The Ogden Nature Center will offer a “Going Green” Scavenger Hunt around the nature center as a special St. Patrick’s Day program on Wednesday, March 13th from 3:45 to 4:15 pm.
“An Irish Evening” at The Rose Wagner Theater is an original production by Acadamh Rince Irish Dance School featuring Irish dance, music, stories and culture of Ireland. Performances are on March 15th and 16th at 7:00 pm.
Join the Hibernian Society Of Utah for the 41st annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Salt Lake City on Saturday, March 16th. The parade will begin at 10:00 am at 200 South & 500 East and follow this route rain or shine. Festivities will continue after the parade at the Siamsa featuring live Irish music and food at the Celtic festival at the Gallivan Center.
In Springdale, festivities kick off at 2:00 pm on March 16th. The St. Patrick’s Day Celebration includes a parade, live music with Utah Pipe Band Performance, Beer Garden, Food, Kids’ Zone and a Jell-O Sculpture Contest.
If you are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party and would like to serve authentic Irish dishes such as Sweet & Sour Stuffed Cabbage, Chicken & Dumplings or Potato Pancakes without doing all of the cooking yourself, then you may want to order from this Cuisine Unlimited menu on-line. Orders must be placed by March 14th for pickup or delivery on the 17th.
“If you’re enough lucky to be Irish, you’re lucky enough!” – Irish Saying
Get in the holiday spirit at the Festival of Trees now through Saturday, December 1st. In addition to viewing hundreds of beautifully decorated trees, there are aisles of wreaths, gingerbread houses, quilts, Nativities, centerpieces & collectibles. After walking around the 220,000 square feet of displays, you may want to sit for awhile at one of the two performance stages to watch the dancers and singers performing.
Children will enjoy a visit with Santa or making crafts at the Kids Korner. Be sure to stop by the Elf Emporium for handmade gifts for children, the Sweet Shoppe for some fudge, and the Gift Boutique for some early holiday shopping.
Everything at the Festival of Trees has been donated to raise money for Primary Children’s Hospital. It is run by volunteers. The Festival of Trees was inspired forty-eight years ago by a group of women looking for ways to raise funds for children’s medical costs. In its first year, $47,000 was raised. Last year, $2.7 million dollars was raised.
The Festival of Trees is at the Mountain America Expo Center, 9575 State Street in Sandy. Adult admission tickets are $7. Children (ages 2-11) are $4. Children younger than 2 years are free. Seniors, age 65 and older are $6. If you have younger children, strollers would be very helpful to bring. I would recommend leaving heavy coats in your car (if you can manage the walk from your car to the building), to avoid having to carry them around inside as you are walking around for hours.
The trees are beautifully decorated with themes including super heroes, cartoon characters, sporting events, and nostalgic memorabilia. Many of the trees were designed in the memory of a loved one who has passed away. One of the trees was in honor of South Salt Lake Officer David Romrell who was killed in the line of duty on November 24th.
Although many of the trees have been sold at auction on the opening night; there are still many that are available to purchase at the listed price.
The holiday season starts off before you can finish eating all of leftovers from your Thanksgiving meal. The dark sky is ablaze with festive lights. Here are a few ideas to get into the holiday spirit.
Turning On the Lights!
Draper City Park Tree Lighting Ceremony – Monday, November 26, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Draper City Park 12500 S 1300 E. Festivities include lighting the Tree of Life, music and a visit from Santa.
Lights on Wakefield’s Lighting Ceremony – Friday, November 23, 2018 Lights will be turned on at 7 PM. 6388 S Wakefield Way (5885 West). 60,000 light display in tune to music. Keep your radio tune to 87.9 FM. Light Display runs nightly until New Years. Free event, but donations are gladly accepted for the Mascot Miracles Foundation.
Midway Town Square Tree Lighting Celebration – Saturday, November 24, 2018 from 6 PM – 7 PM Enjoy cookies, hot cocoa and have photos taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Ogden Electric Light Parade – Saturday, November 24, 2018 5:30 PM. Parade of lighted floats and performers on Washington Blvd, from 22nd Street to 26th Street. Santa arrives on the final float of the parade and flips the switch to light up Christmas Village at the Municipal Gardens.
Park City Electric Light Parade – Saturday, November 24, 2018 beginning at 4:00 PM. Santa and holiday carolers can be found strolling along Main Street. At 5:30 PM the Main Street lights and the Christmas tree in Miner’s Park will be turned on. The Electric Parade arrives on Main Street at 6:00 PM.
Spanish Fork Winter Lights Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony – Friday, November 23, 2018, lighted floats parade on Main Street beginning at 7 PM.
The Jingle Bus is a free bus service for visitors to downtown Salt Lake City. Jump on board the Jingle Bus for rides to the Gateway, Temple Square, City Creek Center, Gallivan Plaza and the Capitol Theatre. Volunteer hosts provide fun facts about downtown as riders enjoy seeing the holiday lights and decorations in the city. The Jingle Bus runs 7 days a week from Friday, November 23rd to December 31st (except Christmas day) from 5 to 10 PM.
Candy Cane Hunt – Monday, December 10th, 2018 4 PM. Draper Historic Park 12625 S. 900 E. Hunt for thousands of candy canes will be hidden in bushes and trees and scattered around the park. Look for the specially marked candy canes which can be redeemed for toys. Santa will arrive by fire truck. He will be available for visits with the children under the Christmas lit gazebo where you can take your own photos for free.
For some, there is confusion on what we are honoring on Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day. Armed Forces Day is observed on the 3rd Saturday of May to recognize men and women are serving in the Armed Forces in the present time. Memorial Day, also known as “Decoration Day” is observed on the last Monday of May to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Veterans Day is observed on November 11th annually to honor all military veterans who have served during peace time or at time of war in the United States Armed Forces.
Veterans Day was initially called “Armistice Day” and was to honor veterans of World War I. On November 11, 1918 at 11 AM, a temporary cessation of hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect. A year later in 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11th as the first commemoration of Armistice Day.
In 1938, Congress made Armistice Day a legal holiday to be celebrated on November 11th each year to honor the veterans of World War I. The Act of 1938 was amended in 1954 by replacing the word “Veterans” for “Armistice” to honor all American veterans.
Veterans and non-veterans are able to take advantage Free Admission Day at the National Parks on Veterans Day.
Additionally many restaurants and other businesses offer discounts or free Veterans Day deals.
Local events in Salt Lake County recognizing our servicemen and women include:
Draper City – Veterans Day Ceremony Friday, November 9th 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Magna City – Veterans Day Parade Sunday, November 11th 11:00 AM Magna Elementary School, 3100 South 8500 West.
Utah PTA/National Guard Annual Veterans Day Concert at the Tabernacle on Temple Square, Saturday, November 10th at 7:00 PM
University of Utah’s 21st Annual Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony Schedule of Events
West Valley City – Dinner and Veterans Day Program Monday, November 12th 5:30 PM at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 West 3100 South West Valley City
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy
Are you looking for something different to do this Thanksgiving besides cooking all day and eating a big meal? Whether you are a newcomer to Utah or a lifelong resident, spending the holiday alone or with house full of friends and family; here are some fun ways to celebrate Thanksgiving this year.
Ching Farm Rescue and Sanctuary
The 20th Annual Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner and fundraiser for the animals at Ching Farm Rescue and Sanctuary will be held on Saturday, November 10th at the Wasatch Elementary School, 30 R Street from 5 to 9 pm. Erika Tymrak, midfielder of the Utah Royals Soccer Team, will be the guest speaker. Also there will be plenty of great items to bid on during the silent auction. Buy tickets here
Utah Food Bank
The Utah Food Bank distributed 39.2 million pounds of food to people facing hunger in Utah during 2017. Each day, 392,000 Utahans (including many children) are at risk of missing a meal. You can help support them by donating food, time and/or money.
Donating Food: There is a virtual food drive on-line where you can fill up a grocery cart with the most needed items – with the added benefit of paying less for the items than you would at retail prices, as well as save on gas and time by doing it on-line.
Time: Last year, volunteers worked 83,418 hours. There are lots of opportunities to volunteer time as an individual, family or group at the warehouse. All volunteers must sign up in advance. Keep in mind, Thanksgiving is a popular time to volunteer, but volunteers are needed throughout the year.
Money: There are several ways to donate to the Utah Food Bank including cash, donating your used car, employers’ matching gifts, and gifts of stocks. Check their link for further details.
Utah Human Race 5K/10K
You may also want to participate in the 13th annual Utah Human Race on Thanksgiving morning (and burn some calories before your Thanksgiving meal) to support the Utah Food Bank. Registration Details
Cottonwood Heights Thanksgiving Day 5K
Be part of the longest “running” Thanksgiving Day event. Strollers and dogs on leashes are welcome. Commemorative Medals awarded to participants who beat the Mayor to the finish line. Registration Details
“Thankful 13” Half Marathon / 5K / Kid’s Race
Participate in the half marathon, 5k or kid’s race on the Jordan Parkway trail in Lehi. Pumpkin pie, rolls and hot chocolate are available for participants at the end of the race. Registration Details
The Pilgrim 5K at Thanksgiving Point is a pilgrim wear costume run which includes their iconic long-sleeved cotton T-shirt and a giant buckle hat or bonnet. Pilgrim scenes can be found along the course, ending at Plymouth Rock where finishers can feast on pumpkin bars and drink apple cider. Registration Details
From boats, trains, races, mazes and more there are lots of options for celebrating fall and Halloween. It isn’t too early to purchase tickets or to schedule these events in your calendar.
Listen to the captain tell a scary story as you ride a riverboat down the Provo River as you pass over a hundred hand-carved jack-o-lanterns. Boat ride is approximately 20 minutes long.
Take a 40 minute ride on the pumpkin train and be entertained by costumed characters.
Always wanted to run in a race, but don’t like to run? West Haven has a 0.5 K lazy man’s race on October 13, 2018. Dress in costume to enter for a prize.
A Headless Horseman begins the race at Sugarhouse Park to Emigration Canyon for a 13.13 mile challenge on October 20, 2018. There will be a costume contest as well.
Dozens of giant pumpkins weighing in at hundreds, or even a thousand pounds will set sail for a race on the North Shore of Oquirrh Lake in South Jordan on October 20, 2018. Family activities and food trucks will be available.
Visit the Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch Hayrides, Nightmare Acres and Farmers Market in Syracuse. Season opens on September 21, 2018.
Take a moonlit hayride through the haunted 156 year old barnyard in Pleasant Grove. Halloween attraction is available on Monday, Friday and Saturdays during October.
There are several maze options available. The Greatest Maze on Earth is a circus-theme maze through 8 acres of pathways. Interactive games are placed throughout the maze to challenge you. Ride a grain train through the Candy Corn Acres Maze and see scarecrow and jack-o-lantern scenes along the way. The Kiddie Maze offers the youngest maze explorers a 5 minute challenge to conquer. The Haunted Insanity Point Maze has animatronics, live spooks and surprises lurking in the corn. Be prepared to be scared.
Attractions include Corn Maze, Scarecrow Walk, Haunted River Trail, Giant Straw Fort, and Spooky Barn Ride.
Explore the Pumpkin Pirate Cove, Maravilla Lane, Pumpkin Reef, Spider Alley, Forbidden Pumpkin City, Great Pumpkin Hall, Monster Mash and Pumpkin Passage and see over 3,000 hand-carved pumpkins at the Utah State Fairpark. Be entertained by pumpkin artists, performers, and fire dancers.
Animal and magician show, haunted house, crafts, games, and Trick or Treat Street. October 27, 2018.
A 45-day celebration of witches including Breakfast with a witch, a Witches 5K Run/Walk, Six Hags Witches Adventure, Witch in the Kitchen cooking and much more. See link for schedule of events.
Lighted displays at the zoo, take a train ride at night, explore a labyrinth-themed maze with puppets, and see ‘Spiderella’.
Wear your Halloween costumes to This Is the Place Heritage Park to go trick-or-treating, visit the story telling witch, take a train ride, pony ride and make take-home crafts. (October 13, 18, 19, 20 & 27th).
Light displays, games and crafts. (October 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27th)
The performances include Thriller, The Curse of the Mummy, Dem Bones, Frankenstein, Jason Jam, Salem’s Mass, The Lost Boys, The River of Blood Dance and more.
From flag raisings, breakfasts, races, parades, games, entertainment and fireworks there are plenty of activities to celebrate from dawn through dark on the 4th of July in and around Salt Lake County. Here are some of them. If you know of any others, please add them in the comment section.
Jordan Park – 1060 South 900 West, Salt Lake City. Fireworks beginning at 10:00 pm at the North end of the park.
Magna Copper Park – 8950 W 2600 S, Magna, UT, Flag Ceremony at 7:00 am, Lions Club Breakfast from 7:00 am–11:00 am. 5K Fun Run at 7:30 am. Watch the parade at noon on Main Street and return to Magna Copper Park for games and inflatables from 2:30 to 10:00 pm. Music from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, and fireworks beginning at 10:00 pm.
Riverton – 12830 South 1700 West, Riverton, Utah. July 4, Bike and running races, 10K, 5K, 1-Mile, and the Tour De Riverton bike race. Chuck Wagon Breakfast from 7 am to 10 am. Games, food and activities at the Riverton City Park throughout the day. Fireworks begin at 10:00 pm.
Sandy City Hall – 10000 S. Centennial Parkway, Sandy. Flag Raising and National Anthem at 6:50 am followed by a 5K. Games, inflatables, crafts, food, and entertainment from 10 am to 10 pm. Fireworks Sky Concert at 10:00 pm.
South Salt Lake Freedom Festival –Wednesday, July 4, the day kicks off with the 5K/Fun Run at 8 am. At 9:30 am the Parade will make its way to Fitts Park, 3050 South 500 East, South Salt Lake; where the Freedom Festival will run from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Thanksgiving Point’s Electric Park, Wednesday, July 4 from 4:00 pm to Midnight at 3003 Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, Utah. Music, games, prizes, concessions and vendors. Fireworks start at 10:00 pm.
West Jordan – 8000 S. Redwood Road, West Jordan, Utah. Watch the Grand Parade as it makes its way from City Hall to 7000 South from 10:30 am to noon. Carnival and park activities including entertainment stage at the Veterans Memorial Park at 8030 S 1825 W from noon to 11:00 pm. Fireworks start at 10:15 pm.
If you have pets – it is best to plan to leave your pet at home. Fireworks can be very frightening to animals and cause them to run away. Be sure that their micro chip has been updated with current contact information in the event they do become lost. Be sure to check your yard and other areas where they walk or play for leftover fireworks debris, which can be dangerous if your pet plays or tries to eat it.