Patriotism pops at 4th of July Celebration; STGnews Videocast

Fireworks waterfall off the red cliff, a St. George tradition, St. George Fourth of July celebration. St. George, Utah, July 4, 2014 | Photo by Samantha Tommer, St. George News

WASHINGTON COUNTY – The sounds of patriotism, respect and thankfulness echoed through the air in Southern Utah as Washington County celebrated this beautiful country Friday. The Fourth of July is a time to reflect and appreciate the trials Americans have gone through and the people who helped found and build this nation.

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Videocast by Samantha Tommer, St. George News

After a full day of celebration beginning with the Uncle Sam 5K at 6:30 a.m., a parade and festivities in Vernon Worthen Park, the City of St. George concluded the day with a free concert hosted by KONY Country radio, the City of St. George and SkyWest Airlines, and a massive fireworks display in the skies over downtown St. George and the Dixie Sun Bowl.

KONY Country and the City of St. George sponsored a free concert at the Dixie Sun Bowl, St. George, Utah, July 4, 2014 | Photo by Samantha Tommer, St. George News
WolfCreek at the Dixie Sun Bowl, St. George, Utah, July 4, 2014 | Photo by Samantha Tommer, St. George News

Although clouds and heavy wind imposed a possible threat to the concert, the weather quickly calmed down and did not cause any interruption to the scheduled events.

For the past 27 years, the City of St. George and KONY Country have partnered together to bring the largest Fourth of July celebration in Southern Utah.

The musical entertainment portion of the night began with the KONY Country Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Thirty local musicians auditioned in June to perform and compete at Friday night’s showcase. The audience at the semifinals voted online and narrowed the would-be performers to four finalists, including Skylar Richards, Beki Sutton, Luke Beeston and Raven Cain. Finalists played in front of judges during the showcase and Cain won first place.

The Fourth of July celebration ended with a firework show that could be seen from multiple vantage points in Southern Utah, St. George, Utah, July 4, 2014 | Photo by Samantha Tommer, St. George News
Fireworks, St. George, Utah, July 4, 2014 | Photo by Samantha Tommer, St. George News

Once the winners were announced, KONY Country welcomed the night’s featured country rock band, WolfCreek, onto the stage. WolfCreek was originally founded in 1998 and all six members currently live in Las Vegas.

At 10 p.m., the fireworks show sprawled across the skies in duets of pyrotechnic bursts and snap, crackle pops of glorious sprays. The show was accompannied by KONY Country’s live broadcast of music and narrative by radio personality Carl Lamar.

“The fireworks have certainly grown bigger and longer. We got fireworks that shoot higher with bigger displays,” Lamar said.

Heartwarming yet convicting songs about devotion to America bounced off the Sun Bowl arena while many placed hands over their hearts, grateful to have the ability to live in the United States of America.

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  • Dixie Dan July 5, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Hey! Tell those kids to stop dancing right now! Dixie Dan says so. Don’t you know dancing promotes promiscuity and drinking? Dixie Dan says so. Didn’t you hear them play my song “Footloose”? Welcome to Dixie Dan’s Footloose Dixie. Now stop dancing!

    • Mean momma July 5, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      ^^^ What a strange person. If you don’t like “Dixie” do us all a favor and LEAVE DIXIE, DIXIE DAN!

      • Frank July 6, 2014 at 2:53 pm

        It’s a joke. Relax. I’m surprised at how many people don’t get TV and movie references.

        • DIXIE DAN July 7, 2014 at 9:20 am

          So glad Dixie Dan is gone. Maybe the city will someday legalize dancing for adults to enjoy.

        • Mean momma July 7, 2014 at 7:53 pm

          I know it’s a joke, but so are the people who come on here and have to make negative comments about everything… No class.

  • Dixie Dan is a Tard July 5, 2014 at 5:03 pm


  • joanna July 6, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Glad the weather didn’t ruin the festivities! Love the pics of the cute little kids. Looks fun!

  • SHY July 6, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Why do people always write…if you dont like it, then leave??? I mean, change is/can be a good thing. Why are there so many people around here afraid of change? Mean Momma, just cuz someone doesnt think the way you do, doesnt mean they have to leave or be quiet.

    • DIXIE DAN July 7, 2014 at 9:18 am

      Yes, it looked like a lot of fun. The music was entertaining. The fireworks were great. However, I couldn’t resist pointing out the idiotic comments made by one former mayor regarding his own personal view about adults and dancing. Based on his stupid remarks, this event with its music and dancing would just be a gateway for promiscuity and drinking. Do people realize just how stupid his beliefs and remarks were regarding dancing. There is a reason people call St George “FootLoose”. It’s because of people like Dixie Dan and his braindead followers.

  • ladybugavenger July 6, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    I enjoyed the fireworks while listening to 99.9 KONY on my car radio. Thanks St George News. I wouldn’t have known about the music on the radio if it weren’t for your report. I went to high ground and watched the fireworks from my car and listened to KONY 99.9. It was fantastic!

    • Joanna July 6, 2014 at 4:37 pm

      Agreed – I love how KONY does that!

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