America’s Freedom Festival at Provo is already underway, with more than 30 events between May and August. This festival is an extraordinary chance for Provo to welcome tens of thousands of visitors, and the main event, Stadium of Fire, is broadcast worldwide to active-duty military. We love the festival and are grateful to those who make it happen, including the many volunteers involved.
I recently sat down with festival director Paul Warner, who is in his final year, to discuss questions from Provo residents submitted through social media. It’s part of my ongoing series of Facebook Live videos called “Ask me Anything.”
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1969 moon landing, which inspired the festival’s 2019 theme, “Fly me to the Moon.” Several aspects of this year’s festival are lunar themed, like the collector’s pin and much of the fireworks show at the Stadium of Fire concert.
Some of this year’s major upcoming events include a Patriotic Service on June 30th at UVU, a Freedom Awards Gala on July 2nd hosted by former KSL anchor Bruce Lindsay, and Freedom Days, starting July 3rd. On the day of the 4th, the Freedom Run will start at 7:00 a.m., followed by the Grand Parade and the Balloon Fest. It all culminates with the epic Stadium of Fire concert at the BYU Lavell Edwards Stadium, featuring country singer Keith Urban, a flyover with skydivers, and the famous fireworks.
The UVX bus route will be diverted to Freedom Boulevard (200 West) during the July 4th parade, but will maintain a normal Saturday schedule throughout the day. We're encouraging Stadium of Fire attendees to consider parking away from the stadium and neighboring streets, and instead taking advantage of the free UVX bus system, which stops right near the event.
For more information about the Freedom Festival, visit https://www.freedomfestival.org/