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Utah Scavenger Hunt

Let’s celebrate Pioneer Day coming up with a scavenger hunt!  Print out the Scavenger Hunt below, follow the directions and on your last stop, get a treat from This is the Place Heritage Park Gift Shop!  Make it a whole week of family adventures and learn all about the awesome pioneers and the beginning of our State.  Take photos at your stops and Instagram them with #SALTSKYHUNT to be entered in to our pioneer day giveaway!  (Note that if you have a private account you will also need to direct message us a screenshot of your post so we can make sure to see it and enter you.)  Stay tuned for giveaway details and enjoy exploring our awesome state!

utah scavenger hunt


let freedom ring free printable (1)
DIY, Independence Day

DIY 4th of July T-shirt

Making crafts for holidays is just too much fun, so here is an original FREE printable to make your own t-shirts to wear for the 4th of July.  Just click on the image below and save to your computer.

  • Print on an inkjet printer onto heat transfer paper (found at most craft stores)
  • Iron on the image on a shirt following the heat transfer directions.
  • Unique shirt that nobody else will have at your 4th festivities.

Enjoy and have a fabulous 4th of July holiday!


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Let Freedom Ring graphic

Community Event, Independence Day

Utah 4th of July celebration locations

Looking for a fun activity to do this 4th of July with the whole family? Here are some fun activities happening around our state.

Head over to Liberty Days at This is the Place.

  • When:  July 2 & 4, 10:00-5:00
  • What:  Enjoy a day of good old-fashioned FUN while you celebrate the birth of our great nation. Join in a watermelon eating contest, stick horse races, or roll up your sleeves for a game of tug-of-war. There’s pony and train rides all day long, and don’t forget to be on the look out for a train robber!
  • Admission:  FREE with annual pass, $12.95 adults, $10.95 65 years+, $8.95 children ages 3-11, kids 2 and under free.

Holladay City:

  • When:  July 4, 7:00 pm at the Holladay City building
  • What:  Entertainment at 7:00 pm, fireworks at 10:00 pm
  • Admission:  FREE

Murray City:

  • When:  July 4, 8:00 am
  • What:  8:00 am 5K, 9:00 am kids race, parade 8:30 am.  Parade begins at Fashion place mall and ends at Murray Park.  Several activities going on throughout the day!  Click here for more info.
  • Admission:  FREE, click here to sign up for race and other events.


  • When:  July 4, beginning at 7:30 am with a 5K run, 10:00 am parade, Oakely rodeo followed by fireworks.
  • What:  5K, parade, rodeo, fireworks
  • Admission:  Click here for info on tickets.

Sugar House Fireworks:

  • When:  July 4, fireworks at dusk but arrive early to reserve your space and festivities.
  • What:  traditional firework show.
  • Admission, FREE

Many cities around the state are having celebrations, check your local paper for locations.

Have a very happy and safe 4th of July weekend.

Addition from one of our readers!  Visit the Magna parade and fireworks at noon, a tradition for over 100 years!


Independence Day, Recipes

Independence Day Fudge

Making Fudge has been a popular pastime in our country since George Washington’s day. It’s much easier to make today and it’s still a great American favorite.


4 squares (ounces) unsweetened baker’s chocolate

1 ¼ cups light cream

3 cups sugar

¼ cup light corn syrup

½ teaspoon salt

¼ cup butter

2 teaspoons vanilla

Walnuts if desired


  1. Combine the chocolate and cream in a saucepan. Stir constantly until the chocolate is completely melted and mixture is smooth.
  2. Add the sugar, syrup and salt, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Continue cooking over medium/high heat until a small amount of the candy dropped into a glass of water forms a soft ball. Remove saucepan from the heat.
  3. Now add the butter and vanilla. Allow mixture to cool (about 15 min.) without stirring it. Then beat it hard until it begins to hold its shape and its glossiness.  Add nuts.
  4. Grease a pan with butter and pour the fudge into it. With a spatula, spread fudge into an even layer. Put into the refrigerator for several hours and then cut into squares. Yield 36 pieces.



Memorize the 50 nifty states!
Independence Day

Fifty Nifty United States

Here is a great way to keep your children’s minds sharp during the summer. And no better time to memorize the 50 states than the 4th of July week of celebration.

From the 13 original colonies.

Fifty nifty stars in the flag that billow so beautifully in the breeze.

Each individual state contributes a quality that is great.

Each individual state deserves a bow, let’s salute them now.

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut,

Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana,

Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland,

Massachusetts, Michigan,

Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana,

Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York,

North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania,

Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas,


Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.


Independence Day

The First Fourth of July

This year, we are going to start our 4th of July celebrations by reading to our family this story, simply written so children can understand. Join us in remembering the brave men, women and soldiers who made it all happen.

“Clang!, Clang!” The music of the great bell floated over Philadelphia. It was calling the people to the State House yard. There they would hear a man read the Declaration of Independence.

Until 1776, the American colonies had been ruled by England. Now the Americans had decided to rule themselves, they would build a new nation.

It was a brave thing for the Americans to do. For they knew it meant a long war with England, England had a really big army and navy.

When the people in Philadelphia heard the bell, they poured into the streets and raced into the State House. Most of them knew that Congress had voted for the Declaration on July 4th and this was their first chance to hear someone read it.

As soon as the crowd gathered, the bell stopped ringing. A man stood up and read the Declaration of Independence just as Thomas Jefferson had written it, Jefferson was a leader from Virginia.

The Declaration of Independence told the world why Americans wanted to be free. It told of the many unfair things England’s King George III had done and it said that the colonies were now independent.

“Hurrah!” the crowd shouted. Up in the State House tower a man rang the bell again, he thought of the words written on it, “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land, unto all the inhabitants thereof.” These wonderful words are from the Bible. The bell they are written on is now called the Liberty Bell. The State House is now called Independence Hall.

News of the Declaration of Independence spread slowly throughout America. It went by men on horseback and by boat. There were no telephones, radios or computers then.

General George Washington was in New York City where a copy of the Declaration was sent to him. He had it read to his soldiers.

The American soldiers had already been fighting the English. They had been fighting for their rights, now they had something greater to fight for – their freedom!

The soldiers knew this meant a hard fight; they felt sure they could win. We call the war they fought the Revolutionary War.

There was a big statue of King George III in New York, it was made of lead. Some of the soldiers pulled the statue down and cut off its head using the lead from King George’s statue to make bullets. The Americans then fired the bullets at the king’s soldiers.

When news of the Declaration reached Boston, the people went wild with joy. American soldiers fired their cannon thirteen times in honor of the thirteen American states. Bells rang, drums beat, and the people began to pull down all signs that said King George III was king. They also made a big bonfire with all the signs and danced around it happily.

News of America’s independence spread to all the states. Finally, a copy of the Declaration reached a little settlement in South Carolina. Not many people there could read but a nine-year-old boy named Andrew Jackson had learned to read in school. The grown-ups met at a farmhouse where the boy stood up and read the Declaration.

Everyone clapped when they heard the boy say “All men are created equal,” then cheered when he read that everyone has a right to “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

The nation called the United States of America was born on July 4th, 1776.


All our posts this week are dedicated to the brave men and women of the armed forces and their families.