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(Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo) Thousands line the streets of downtown Provo to watch the 2012 Freedom Festival Parade in Provo. This year's parade is on Friday, the Fourth of July.
Gallery: America’s Freedom Festival in Provo
First Published Jul 04 2012 03:18 pm • Last Updated Jul 05 2012 08:20 am

The 2,000-acre wildfire blazing in the canyons above Alpine failed to deter crowds intent on celebrating the Fourth of July at America’s Freedom Festival.

Thousands lined downtown Provo streets Wednesday to watch Utah’s largest Independence Day parade.

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The celebration began with an early morning balloon fest. It included soccer games, a basketball camp and a Colonial Heritage Festival in nearby Orem.

The day was to conclude with the annual Stadium of Fire fireworks show featuring a performance by the Beach Boys.

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