A country superstar, a movie tough guy and a high-flying trampoline act will compete with one of America’s biggest Fourth of July fireworks shows when Stadium of Fire wows the crowd in Provo on Independence Day.
Country singer Keith Urban will headline the 39th annual show at LaVell Edwards Stadium on the Brigham Young University campus in Provo on Thursday, July 4, organizers for America’s Freedom Festival have announced.
It’s Urban’s first time at Stadium of Fire. “We’ve wanted him to come for years and the stars finally aligned,” said Paul Warner, the Freedom Festival’s executive director, in a statement.
Tickets go on sale Tuesday, March 19, at 10 a.m. at the event’s website, StadiumOfFire.com, and at the BYU Marriott Center ticket office in Provo. Members of the Freedom Festival’s email list have the chance to buy tickets a day early.
Action star Chuck Norris, formerly the star of TV’s “Walker, Texas Ranger,” will make a special appearance at Stadium of Fire. Also featured is the return of Flippenout, a high-flying trampoline stunt team.
The event also promises the event’s traditional fare: The Stadium of Fire Dancers, skydivers, a military flyover and the largest stadium fireworks show in the United States.
The New Zealand-born Urban has four Grammys and was named CMA Entertainer of the year for 2018 last November. He has charted such No. 1 country singles as “But For the Grace of God,” “Somebody Like You,” “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me,” “You’ll Think of Me,” “Days Go By,” “Making Memories of Us,” “Better Life,” “You Look Good in My Shirt,” “Sweet Thing,” “Only You Can Love Me This Way,” “Without You,” “Long Hot Summer,” “You Gonna Fly,” “We Were Us” (with Miranda Lambert) and “Blue Ain’t Your Color.”
Urban was a judge on “American Idol” during its later seasons on Fox. He’s a frequent presence on Hollywood red carpets, as husband to actress Nicole Kidman since 2006.
The stadium show culminates the Freedom Festival in Provo, which includes the Grand Parade and the Freedom Days vendor market in downtown Provo. America’s Freedom Festival, the nonprofit that runs the events, estimates half a million people attend the events as a whole, and 40,000 will fill LaVell Edwards Stadium for the concert and fireworks.