The producers of Provo’s Stadium of Fire, which was canceled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, have this advice for Utah Valley residents this Fourth of July: Keep watching the skies.
America’s Freedom Festival, the nonprofit that puts on the annual concert and fireworks show at LaVell Edwards Stadium, announced Thursday its plans to mount a massive open-air fireworks show from three Utah County locations that will be visible for miles around.
The three synchronized displays will take place at 10 p.m., Saturday, July 4, at LaVell Edwards Stadium on the Brigham Young University campus, Footprinter Park in south Provo, and Orem Community Park in Orem.
The fireworks will reach a height of 1,500 feet — double the height of the usual Stadium of Fire show — so viewers are advised to watch from near their homes or at locations where they can practice social distancing.
Jim Evans, executive director of America’s Freedom Festival, said in a statement that “2020 hasn’t been easy for many Americans or for many Utahns, but that’s not going to stop us from throwing a huge birthday bash for this country.”
The show is dedicated, Evans said, “to the essential workers who keep us safe, and to those who keep our stores and homes stocked. And as always, to our brave women and men in the military.”
America’s Freedom Festival is putting on the show with help from NuSkin, Provo City, Utah County and other supporters.
The festival announced in May that it was canceling — they use the word “postponing” — the Stadium of Fire show and its other patriotic events for 2020. Evans said the festival will be back in 2021, to celebrate its 40th anniversary.