Dating back to when Utah was still a territory, Utah County residents have celebrated freedom and Independence on the Fourth of July. Throughout those years, some elements of the celebration have changed, and some have stayed the same.
The Fourth of July celebration in Provo is recorded as being celebrated far back as 1877 — nearly 20 years before Utah became a state. There were years when the parade was not held — during World War II and the Great Depression, for example — but the parade has been a staple of Utah County’s Independence Day celebrations for more than 100 years.
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