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Provo’s 168th Birthday

April 1, 2017

It’s Provo’s 168th birthday on April 1st! (No joke) We would love to have you help us celebrate the occasion in your homes, your neighborhoods, your schools and businesses. Please see below all the ways we’d love to have you celebrate:

1 – Join our Balloon Blitz

We want to decorate Provo for its birthday and we need your help. We want to fly as many yellow balloons around town as possible throughout the entire week. We are kicking off the blitz by placing 168 balloons along Center Street in honor of the 168th anniversary of Provo’s founding. You can join in by placing yellow balloons on your homes, in your neighborhoods, your schools, businesses and establishments. Do you have a favorite park, or landmark, or trailhead? Think about leaving a balloon there to pay tribute to “your Provo”.

Need some balloons? You can pick up one yellow balloon per person at the City Center Lobby (351 W Center Street) during business hours Monday, March 27 – Friday, March 31.


Photo by @cjanekendrick

2 – Throw a Birthday Party

Get together with your classroom, colleagues, clients, family, friends or neighbors and throw a birthday party for our city. Try Pin the Y on the Mountain. Eat funeral potatoes. Play the Provo Celebrity Name Game (Jimmer! Donny! Mayor Curtis!). Serve BYU Creamery Ice Cream. Have a dance party spinning only local music. Test your trivia about Provo using facts from the Provo Library’s History of Provo City Timeline.

Need some party favors? Download our Provo Birthday Party packet and print out party hats, birthday signage and a coloring page.

And don’t forget to add your party to the community calendar so we can showcase all of the amazing birthday parties that will be happening! Submit your event here.

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3 – Win a Birthday Cake

Are you on social media? Please take time next week to post one thing you appreciate about Provo (the mountains, the parks, the ample number of babies) and tag it with #happybirthdayprovo. Share your experience while you attend a Provo birthday celebration or participate in the balloon blitz. Or check out Visit Utah Valley’s list of Things to do in Provo for some great ideas.

I’ll be retweeting, liking and sharing your posts all week long, so please be generous. I’m also giving out birthday gifts to a few lucky winners each day! If I see your photo or message on social media, you could win a personal birthday cake!


Photo by @goodthymeeatery

3 – Enter the Coloring Contest

Local Artist Steve Vistaunet has created a Happy Birthday Provo coloring page that is bright and sunny and perfect for all ages. You can either download the coloring page here (also found in our Provo Birthday Party packet) or pick one up at our 311 Customer Service counter (351 W Center Street).

Color the page just for fun or turn it back in to our 311 desk to be entered to win a prize bag full of Provo birthday gifts! Be sure to turn in your completed coloring page by Friday, March 31 and include your name and email on the back. Also, all coloring pages will be displayed in our Provo City lobby during the month of April.


Photo by @ahappyvista

4 – Attend a Community Event

Local businesses, community members, and organizations are celebrating Provo’s birthday by hosting public events. If you would like to attend a party and join in the celebration, check out a list of events found on the Facebook Event Page and on my calendar. We’ll be adding events to the calendar every day so check back regularly.

There is practically a party scheduled every day this week!

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April 1, 2017