Anyone who knows much about the Beehive State knows we Utahns celebrate a lot during the month of July! This year most of us will enjoy a 4-day weekend celebrating American Independence Day (July 1-4) and a 3-day weekend two weeks later (July 22-24) when we observe the 170th anniversary of the arrival of the Mormon pioneers to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake.
The City of St. George will get into the spirit of the day with an Independence Day Fun and Games Extravaganza bringing the whole family for a festive day in the park. The celebration on Tuesday, July 4 begins at 6:30 a.m. with runners “beating the heat” in the Uncle Sam 4k starting and ending in the parking lot on the west side of our very popular Town Square. Each runner will take home an Uncle Sam hat, beard and race T-Shirt plus a medal awarded when you cross the finish line.
Also beginning at 6:30 a.m. is the party in Town Square. Many activities are free! There will be music, food booths, face painting, cotton candy, watermelon seed spitting contest, potato sack races, bounce houses, water wars, dunk tank, our famous 100-foot Slip-n-Slide, beanbag toss, cornhole, GaGa Ball, multi-player Frisbee toss, Plinko, spin the wheel, balloon darts, a few new surprises and giveaways! If the heat is too much for you, there will also be indoor activities offered at the St. George Recreation Center including extreme dodge ball, kids crafts corner, and human foosball!!
At 7:45 a.m. an Independence Day Parade will travel east on Tabernacle Street to the Town Square so pick a place – preferably under a shade tree – to get the best view. This fun event will end with the singing of the National Anthem on Town Square before the fun and games officially begin!
No community celebration around here is complete without a talent show! Your talent could be anything – so if you’re good at something and you want to share, sign up today!!! Prizes will be awarded to the top three overall winners and the top winner in each age category of 12 and under, 13-18 years old and those from 19 – 119! This free event is expected to run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Winners will be named St. George Stars!
This fun and festive day ends with fireworks at 11 p.m.
If you are vacationing in Southern Utah in July – you have our sympathy – and an invitation to take part in our celebration of America’s independence. Register today online for a beautiful, comfortable and affordable vacation resort rental at St. George Resort Rentals at www.stgeorgeresortrentals.com or at www.laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums. We can’t wait to meet you … or welcome you back!