Freedom Fire 2016 will feature special tributes to Logan’s sesquicentennial

There will be great music, exotic fireworks and an abundance of patriotism when Logan City brings its 2016 Freedom Fire celebration to Utah State University’s Maverik Stadium the night of Friday, July 1st.

It is usually held on July 3rd but since that falls on a Sunday this year, Logan City’s Freedom Fire will come early. Executive Producer Holly Fjeldsted said it will be Cache Valley’s first Independence Day event with gates opening at 7 p.m. followed by a program at 8 and fireworks by Logan’s own Fireworks West at dark.

The 2016 Freedom Fire plans were discussed on KVNU’s For the People program Wednesday with Fjeldsted, Logan City Parks and Recreation Director Russ Akina and Logan City Mayor Craig Petersen.

Fjeldsted said the program will have some traditional patriotic elements, but there will also be some other special tributes.

“This is all about America’s 240th birthday but it is also Logan’s sesquicentennial,” Fjeldsted explained. “So we’re doing a little bit of a flashback.

“If you think of 150 years ago, in 1866 everyone here was farmers. So we’re doing a special tribute to farmers. If you think about farmers, there ain’t no doubt they love this land.”

Although Fjeldsted said she knows some families watch the fireworks from outside on the lawn, there is much to miss when you don’t come inside.

“We’re catering to the crowd inside the stadium and that is best seen inside the stadium,” she explained. “Everyone really loved the laser show and we are bringing that back. Immediately following the fireworks is a concert and laser show combined.”

On KVNU’s For the People program Wednesday, Fjeldsted said all tickets are general admission and children under three get in free. Tickets are available at the Logan Community Recreation Center, the Logan Aquatic Center, Cache Valley Visitors Bureau, the USU Spectrum ticket office and online.

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