Monday, July 4 at 9:00 a.m. is the Freedom Festival Grand Parade – the largest of its kind in the state of Utah – highlighting freedom through bands, professionally crafted floats, giant helium balloons and local and national performers.
I will be in the parade, riding in style on Provo Beach’s authentic Surrey Bike! The Surrey Bike is a red, 4-person bike with a canopy and I’ll be sporting a large Provo Mayor banner so you can’t miss me!
Also, make sure to check out the Provo 311 Booth – they will be located on the north corner of the Library. They will be giving out awesome Provo Swag. You can also purchase Freedom Festival pins at their booth along with Provo City flags. The pins are available for a $5 donation. Those who buy a pin will have the chance to be one of 100 winners who will receive two free tickets to the Stadium of Fire. You can purchase a hand-held Provo City flag for $2 or a 3×5 flag for $15. Cash, check, or card is accepted.
PARADE ROUTE & ROAD CLOSURES
Take note of the parade map below. The Freedom Festival has made a slight change to the parade route. It begins at 960 North University Ave and proceeds south to 200 South and then turns east to 200 East. From there it turns north to Center Street and then turns east and ends at 900 East.
Please take note of the following road closures: University Ave and Center Street will be closed from 6:30 AM to about 1:00 PM on Monday, July 4. University Ave will be closed from Bulldog Blvd to 300 South, Center Street will be closed from University Ave to 900 East, and 900 East will be closed from 800 North to 150 South.
Those wishing to travel through Provo should strongly consider using the 200 West corridor to travel North and South. Travelers traveling East and West will not be able to cross University Avenue, between 300 South and 1230 North during the Parade. East/West travelers should consider using 1650 North (after the Freedom Run – 9 am) and 2230 North to cross on the North end. Those wishing to cross on the South end should avoid 300 South construction by using; 600 South, 920 South and East Bay Blvd.
PARADE SPECTATOR RULES
Spectators may “stake out” their claim to a spot along University Avenue no earlier than July 3, at 3:00 PM per Provo City Ordinance. All other portions of the parade route can not be claimed or reserved until July 4, at 5:00 AM. This includes trying to “reserve or occupy, or attempt to claim, reserve or occupy, either in person or by the placement of ropes, tents, chairs, sleeping bags, blankets, or other devices or barriers, any public property as a position for observing [the] public parade” (SECTION 9.14.220).
All motor vehicles located on the parade route must be moved prior to 8:00 PM on July 3, 2015 or “shall be considered a public nuisance and may be towed from the public street”. Please note that in order to reserve a spot on the parade route at least one person must be present. Any items left unattended may be moved. Portable toilets will be located every other block along the parade route.
For more information visit freedomfestival.org.