The American Freedom Festival in Provo is lucky this year, according to festival organizers.
Much of the annual summer festival, including the Stadium of Fire show at Brigham Young University’s LaVell Edwards Stadium, was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings.
But with the end of those restrictions and the increase in the number of vaccinations, Jim Evans, executive director of the American Freedom Festival, said he was confident the majority of events will take place this year.
“I’m here to tell you that we’re hosting the festival this year and a lot is being worked out and planning right now,” Evans said at a Utah County Commission meeting on Wednesday. .
Evans, who said he was at the meeting representing “the hundreds, hundreds and hundreds of volunteers who help organize this festival each year (and) the more than 500,000 people who attend the festival,” told commissioners the Most of the Freedom Festival events will take place as usual.
These events include the Balloon Festival, Patriotic Service, the Run for Freedom, the Colonial Heritage Festival, the Children’s Parade and “all the different things that (residents are) used to … and (have) loved to participate in every year.” Evans said.
The festival will also include a National Day of Prayer celebration in the Utah Valley on Thursday, starting with a morning event at Mount Timpanogos Park in Orem and ending with an evening event at Provo Community Church.
There will be some differences this year, Evans admitted. The Hope of America event, which typically takes place at the BYU Marriott Center “where thousands and thousands of 5th grade students come each year to sing all the patriotic songs about our country and the freedoms we enjoy,” will be held at instead in Rock Canyon Park in Provo.
While there is no carnival as part of this year’s Freedom Festival, Evans noted that there would be a three-day event in downtown Provo with various food vendors and live performances. .
Evans did not say on Wednesday who would perform at this year’s Stadium of Fire, which in the past has had headliners ranging from Beach Boys to Miley Cyrus. He said organizers plan to announce the artists next week.
âI don’t want to announce this today, but we are finalizing the contracts and there will be talent that you all know and love,â he said.
The Utah County Commission unanimously voted to approve an agreement between Utah County and the Freedom Festival of America that includes $ 22,400 in in-kind contributions, including the use of county grounds, county attorney fees, and field crew, electricians, child care, and electrical costs.
Evans, who noted that the contract is similar to previous years, thanked the three commissioners for their support and said, “We can’t wait to be back this year with our America’s Freedom Festival here.”
Commissioner Bill Lee called the festival “wonderful,” adding, “I think everyone is looking forward to going out and celebrating.”
âWe are,â Evans said. âPeople are calling, they are anxious and we appreciate your support.â
Connor Richards covers government, the environment and southern Utah County for the Daily Herald. He can be contacted at [email protected] and 801-344-2599.