HYRUM – The annual Hyrum City Star-Spangled Celebration is well known in the valley for its patriotic themes complete with fireworks, rodeo, parade and Sunday night Patriotic Program with a guest speaker.

To kick off the celebration, the rodeo, hosted by the Hyrum Saddle Club, will be held on June 28 and 29 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the rodeo arena located at 676-760 E. 100 N. in Hyrum. They use wristbands instead of tickets for the event. Wristbands cost $10 each. Kids ages 4 and under are free. The wristbands are available at Ridley’s located at 780 E. Main Street and the rodeo ticket office.

The annual Youth Parade will be held on Saturday, June 29, at 10:30 a.m. Sign up at the Hyrum City Square at 10:00 a.m.

Also on June 29, kids will be able to cool off with the Water Fight courtesy of Hyrum City Fire Department beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Blacksmith Fork Park.

There will also be a Teen Dance at Elite Hall. The dance will begin at 9:30 p.m. and end at 11 p.m. The cost is $3 per person.

This year the city invited James Burton to be the guest speaker for the Patriotic Program to be held on Sunday, June 30 at 7:00 p.m.

“Burton’s wife has ties to Hyrum, her parents and grandparents lived here,” said Stephanie Miller, Hyrum City’s mayor. “They both graduated from Utah State University.”

Burton said he is very honored to be the guest speaker this year. 

“My wife’s father is Gary Andersen,” he said. “He grew up in Hyrum. His parents were Melvin and Rose Andersen.” 

Melvin was a veteran of both WWII and the Korean War. 

“He was proud to be a veteran, and he was proud of his Hyrum roots,” Anderson said. “He and Rose are both buried in the Hyrum Cemetery.” 

Burton’s wife is Ashley Anderson Burton. She grew up in Hyde Park.  

The program is usually held in the gazebo located in the city square. The event attracts hundreds of people who bring their own lawn chairs and blankets to sit on during the program.

During the program the city honors outstanding community citizens and announces the Grand Marshalls for the parade.

The Patriotic Children’s Choir will perform during Sunday’s program. The program usually honors all the service men and women from all branches of the military during the event.

On Thursday, July 4, is when the lion’s share of the program is scheduled to begin, beginning with the 9.3-mile Blacksmith Fork Freedom Run from the Power Plant in Blacksmith Fork Canyon to the City Square. The race will begin at 7:00 a.m. Participants can schedule by going to HTTPS://www.raceentry.com/races/blacksmit-fork-15k-freedom-run/2024/register

A Chuck Wagon Breakfast will also begin at 7:00 a.m. and go until 10:00 a.m. under the bowery at the city square. The breakfast is a fundraiser for Mountain Crest High School Marching Band (cash, card & Venmo accepted).

The meal includes pancakes, meat, potatoes, eggs and a drink. A small plate costs $8, a large plate is $10, and a family of five can eat for $40 (immediate family only).

The Flag Ceremony will be held at 8:00 a.m. at City Square.

The Main Street Mile will be held at 9:55 a.m. Participants can register at the Senior Center located at 700 East Main.

The Grand Old Flag Historic Display will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. inside Elite Hall located at 98 W. Main St.

Thousands of people are expected to be at the parade which will begin at 10:00 a.m. at 700 East Main and go down to 200 West/ 200 North. Bring a bag, there is generally loads of candy thrown by parade participants.

The Hyrum Hornets baseball game starts at 7:00 p.m. They will host Logan Royals at East Park. They have a growing fan base and this year there will be food trucks during the game.

The Hyrum City firework show will begin at about 10:00 p.m. in the field north of Mountain Crest High School.

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