Weekend best bets: 5 Utah Valley weekend events


Children can be part of the parade during the Freedom Festival’s Children Parade on Saturday, June 30. (Photo by Rebecca Lane/UV360)

Summer lovin’ happened so fast in Utah County. With the first month of summer vacation flying by, the valley is overflowing with fun-in-the-sun activities. Here are five weekend events to have you a blast:

Children’s Parade

Before the Freedom Festival’s Grand Parade rolls around on July 4, the Children’s Parade in marching around town. Parade participants line up between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. to prepare for the patriotic processional at 10:30 a.m. The parade begins at 800 E. Center Street and ends at 200 E. Center Street at the state and county complex in Provo.

When: June 30
Where: Downtown Provo
Cost: FREE
Site: freedomfestival.org

Be My Neighbor Day

Inspired by the children’s program, “Mister Roger’s Neighborhood,” and his mother’s advice to “look for the helpers,” KBYU is hosting a “Be My Neighbor Day.” This family event will celebrate firefighters, doctors, nurses, police officers, teachers, farmers, mail carriers and members of the armed forces. Plus, children can meet Daniel Tiger and Katerina Kittycat; explore fire engines, postal trucks and police cars; and participate in games and crafts.

When: June 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: BYU Broadcasting Building, 610 E. University Parkway
Cost: FREE
Site: kbyutv.org


LEGO to BrickSlopes. Walk through LEGO creations such as Star Wars, DC Comics, medieval castles knights, trains, city layouts and more. And vandalism is even encouraged on the “graffiti” wall.

When: June 29 – 12-7 p.m.
June 30 – 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: UCCU Center
Cost: $8 for 7 and older; FREE for 6 and under
Site: brickslopes.com

Wride Memorial Park Community Picnic

Wride Memorial Park — which is named after Sgt. Cory Wride who was killed in the line of duty on January 30, 2014 — is almost officially open. On Saturday, Eagle Mountain is hosting a community picnic with a free hot dog lunch. The new phase of the park features a large splash pad, zip-lines, swings, numerous playground apparatus, pickleball, basketball and tennis courts. Plus, at 12:15 p.m. there will be a fireworks display to signify the splash pad and play spaces opening.

When: June 30 from 12–3 p.m.
Where: Wride Memorial Park,  Pony Express Pkwy and Mid Valley Rd in Eagle Mountain
Cost: FREE
Site: eaglemountaincity.com

Patriotic Service

Launching off the week of red, white and blue, the American Freedom Festival is hosting it’s annual Patriotic Service on Sunday. This year’s keynote speaker is Stephen W. Owen, Young Men General President for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Besides the keynote speaker, the Patriotic Service will also include musical performances by the 23rd Army Band of the Utah National Guard and sensation Evie Clair, who was a finalist on the last season of “America’s Got Talent.”

When: July 1 at 7 p.m.
Where: BYU Marriott Center
Cost: FREE
Site: freedomfestival.org

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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