ST. GEORGE — In partnership with the newly renamed Utah Tech University, the city of St. George and Balance of Nature, Canyon Media has planned a spectacular Fourth of July celebration, which will include an appearance by popular talk show host Glenn Beck, a concert featuring country music star Dustin Lynch and a fireworks show.
About 15,000 people are expected to gather at Greater Zion Stadium on Monday to ring in America’s 246th birthday with a night of thrilling live entertainment. A limited number of tickets are still available, so don’t miss your chance to join the party.
“Utah Tech is excited to welcome back our community to Greater Zion Stadium for the annual Fourth of July Celebration,” president Richard “Biff” Williams said. “This is the biggest event in Southern Utah, and we love celebrating our nation’s birthday with you in the heart of Trailblazer Nation.”
Gates will open at 6 p.m., and attendees are encouraged to come early in order to find parking and walk to the stadium. All entrances and exits, including wheelchair access, will be located on the east side of the stadium due to ongoing construction. Consider taking a taxi or an Uber to save time.
Every concertgoer, including kids, must have a ticket. Tickets will be scanned at the gate. Click here for a list of what to bring as well as prohibited items. Outside food and drink, except water, are not permitted, but there will be plenty of food options available at the event, including Utah Tech concessions as well as an on-site food truck city.
The hour-long “Tribute to America” patriotic program, presented by United We Pledge, will begin at 7 p.m. The show features music, narration, pageantry and plenty of surprises in celebration of the country’s founding.
United We Pledge is also welcoming special guest Tom Jones, an endurance athlete and Marine Corps veteran who will complete 76 marathons in 76 consecutive days on the Fourth of July. Jones began his journey at The American Village in Montevallo, Alabama, and has run through seven states in a quest to raise patriotism awareness.
“Unity is a little bit hard to find right now,” Canyon Media general manager Ben Lindquist said. “Our hope is to bring people together for just one night to recognize America and what a great country it is.”
Special guest Glenn Beck of “The Glenn Beck Program” will also offer some remarks during the preconcert entertainment.
Lynch will take the stage to electrify the crowd with his Party Mode Tour experience and hits like “Ridin’ Roads,” “Good Girl,” “Momma’s House” and “Thinking ‘Bout You,” a duet with MacKenzie Porter. Since the release of his platinum-selling breakout hit “Cowboys and Angels” in 2012, Lynch has charted eight No. 1 songs, four top-five albums and nine gold and platinum singles. His songs have collectively earned more than 3.3 billion global on-demand streams.
The Tennessee native has headlined packed venues and toured with the country’s biggest names – including Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Brad Paisley – and earned industry recognition as a Grand Ole Opry member as well as high-profile nominations for the Billboard Music Awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards and CMT Music Awards. His fifth studio album, “Blue in the Sky,” is out now.
“This will be the most-attended single music event in Southern Utah history,” Lindquist said. “We’ve got a bona fide country music star, and we’ve got a commitment from our ownership, our sponsors, the university and the city to be putting on a world-class concert experience.”
Southern Utah’s largest fireworks show, supported by music and narration, will blast off from the DSU Encampment Mall just behind the stadium at 10 p.m. Residents can view the fireworks from almost anywhere in the downtown St. George area, and the show’s accompanying program will be broadcast live on 99.9 KONY Country. People are also welcome to watch the fireworks for free at the DSU Encampment Mall.
“Whether you’re up on a butte or you’re in the stadium, you can listen and watch,” Lindquist said.
Before the concert and fireworks show, the city of St. George will host a full day of events including the Independence Carnival, the 4th of July Parade and the Uncle Sam 4K. Bring the whole family to Town Square Park, located in the heart of historic downtown St. George at 50 S. Main Street. From live music and food booths to bounce houses and a talent show, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
“We welcome all our residents to be a part of our Fourth of July celebration, to feel that sense of community and pride to live in such a great country,” said David Cordero, communications and marketing director for the city of St. George. “Newcomers to St. George will notice right away the pride our residents have in our city and our country – our patriotism is first-rate.”
- What: 99.9 KONY Country 4th of July Celebration.
- When: Monday, July 4 from 6:30-10:30 p.m.
- Where: Greater Zion Stadium, 500 S. 700 East, St. George.
- Tickets: $24.
- Resources: Website.
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