Utahns come together to celebrate America's freedom, honor veterans

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  • 100MillionDead RU, 00
    July 6, 2018 2:23 p.m.

    As you celebrate Independence day and Pioneer day, light off a big firework for Straight Pride American Month.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    July 5, 2018 6:59 p.m.

    One Republic's lead singer was as positive as possible, and if you quoted his words only one would almost (not quite!) get the impression that he liked the fireworks going off. But he was just being very deferential to the locals and was clearly not too happy with them. Brian Regan was more direct last year, but was also obviously bothered by the fireworks.

    This is something Provo and the Freedom Festival really has to address. It is rude, distracting and detracting from the event. Banning aerial fireworks north of University Parkway and East of University Ave would be a reasonable place to start. That would improve the environment for the performers, and better protect our very dry foothills.

  • weaving a tangled web American Fork, UT
    July 5, 2018 2:41 p.m.

    @carman -- "this year, First REpublic's lead singer commented multiple times on the crazy launching of all the fireworks."

    I missed the First Republic's performance, so I'm not sure what their comments were, but One Republic's lead singer's comments about the fireworks were that they were the most awesome thing he's seen. He gave several shout outs to the group.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    July 5, 2018 1:36 p.m.

    I meant to say "to the front and right of the stage". The fireworks were to the east and northeast of the stadium. If the people launching these fireworks weren't intentionally trying to disrupt the show and the performers, which nearly seemed to be the case, they certainly were completely inconsiderate.

    If Provo is going to support the Freedom Festival and the Stadium of Fire, and try to bring in big name entertainment for the community, they may want to consider an aerial fireworks ban to the east and north of the stadium during the show. When multiple entertainers note the craziness of all the fireworks, and have to fight against that distraction during their entire performance, it brings into question how successful the Festival will be in the future in bringing in top talent.

    It's too bad that a few people in Provo shooting off these fireworks can't use the freedom that others have died for to be a bit more considerate of the talent that is brought into the city for this great event. Hopefully next year we can be better hosts.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    July 5, 2018 12:46 p.m.

    The Stadium of Fire is a great event, both for those who attend in the stadium and for everyone who just enjoys family and friends, good music, and the best aerial fireworks show in the state on the Fourth of July from surrounding neighborhoods.

    I have to comment on the one blight on that event. Some groups just east and northeast of the stadium feel the need to shower the skies all evening, even before dark, with second rate aerial fireworks. These fireworks go off incessantly all evening. It is a huge distraction to the entertainers who the community brings in to help celebrate this great holiday. Last year Brian Regan could hardly get through his monologue because of the inconsiderate launching of aerial fireworks directly in front and to the left of the stage. This year, First REpublic's lead singer commented multiple times on the crazy launching of all the fireworks.

    If these folks want to launch fireworks for 3 straight hours, they should at least consider the performers who are there for an outdoor show in our community and the patrons inside and outside the stadium trying to enjoy the entertainment.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    July 5, 2018 12:46 p.m.

    The Stadium of Fire is a great event, both for those who attend in the stadium and for everyone who just enjoys family and friends, good music, and the best aerial fireworks show in the state on the Fourth of July from surrounding neighborhoods.

    I have to comment on the one blight on that event. Some groups just east and northeast of the stadium feel the need to shower the skies all evening, even before dark, with second rate aerial fireworks. These fireworks go off incessantly all evening. It is a huge distraction to the entertainers who the community brings in to help celebrate this great holiday. Last year Brian Regan could hardly get through his monologue because of the inconsiderate launching of aerial fireworks directly in front and to the left of the stage. This year, First REpublic's lead singer commented multiple times on the crazy launching of all the fireworks.

    If these folks want to launch fireworks for 3 straight hours, they should at least consider the performers who are there for an outdoor show in our community and the patrons inside and outside the stadium trying to enjoy the entertainment.

  • BestSolutions Orem, UT
    July 5, 2018 10:56 a.m.

    Going to a parade and having family picnics is a great tradition. Fireworks should be banned! I have a neighbor who came home after a tour of duty; he was on the front lines of a war. The extreme aerial fireworks caused him to have to go to his doctor for tranquilizers to be able to survive the holiday. This did not honor him in the least, it terrorized him. He told me , 'People that are truly Patriotic should not do the Extreme aerial fireworks. In fact banning all fireworks would be ideal.' If you want to truly be Patriotic then stop using Fireworks, especially Extreme Aerial Fireworks. Our veterans put their lives on the line for us, we should not repay them this way. I have a neighbor who is currently in the armed forces. His wife and children are home alone. They live in a house with a cedar shake roof (last year in Orem this kind of house burned down) their neighbors are planning to do a lot of the Extreme Aerial Fireworks right next to this house, extremely dangerous! I had to call him in Washington DC and tell him that his house was in danger of being burnt down by his neighbors. He was in a panic and told his wife to wet down the roof. Ban the fireworks!

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    July 5, 2018 8:36 a.m.

    Is the DesNews familiar with the phrase "burying the lede"?

  • Uteofferouus Salt Lake City, UT
    July 4, 2018 3:38 p.m.

    Times are a changing. As long as these LGBTQ groups are marching to celebrate America I'm okay with it. However, I'm only okay with this if Salt Lake's "gay pride parade" also allows conservative groups such as church groups to march in their parade.

    Do any of you LGBTQ commenters know if the salt lake gay pride parade allows conservative groups (even traditional marriage groups) to sponsor a float or march in that parade?

    Thanks!