Dear GYA, As we all know it's 4th of July weekend, which means it's time to celebrate the day President Thomas Whitmore stood before the brave soldiers at Area 51 and said, "Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom... Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution... but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: "We will not go quietly into the night!" We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!" Anything happening this weekend to celebrate our victory over the alien hordes? - Will Smith
Will, it's important to reflect on our nation's history. Here's what's happening this weekend starting with Thursday's events:
Fantasy Con kicks off today
and goes through Sunday at the Salt Palace Convention Center. The doors open at 11 a.m. and tickets start at $25.
The Hotel will be hosting the Freedom Festival hip-hop showcase
featuring Dine Krew, Better Taste Bureau and DJ Matty Mo. The show starts at 9 p.m.
The bluegrass band Gipsy Moon will be at Bar Deluxe
tonight. Juana Ghani and Six Feet In The Pine will open up. The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8.
Canyons Resort will be celebration the 4th a day early with their annual 3rd of July Celebration
. This family-friendly festival starts at 3 p.m. Admission is free.
Provo's Freedom Days Festival
will be going all weekend long. the party starts everyday at 10 a.m. For more info hit the link.
The 69th Annual Bit & Spur 4th of July Rodeo
will be going down at the Desert Peak Complex today in Tooele. The horsing around starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $5.
Up in Ogden, the Hot Rock'n 4th festival
will be happening at the Pioneer Stadium. FYI, there will be a demolition derby and fireworks. Tickets start at $7.
The Salt Lake Bees will be taking on the El Paso Chihuahuas
tonight at Smith's Ballpark. As you probably expdcted, they'll be fireworks after the game, which starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $10.
DJ Matty Mo will be hosting a 4th of July party
at Urban Lounge. The music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5.
Country singer Carrie Underwood will be performing at the Stadium of Fire
tonight. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29.
Local metal band Baby Gurl will be at Burt's Tiki Lounge
. Qui, Lozen and Making Fuck are also performing. The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $6.
Friday and Saturday, This Is The Place Heritage Park
will be throwing their annual Liberty Days Festival. The party starts at 9 a.m. Tickets are $11.
Country legend Kenny Rogers will be joining the Utah Symphony
for a special performance at Deer Valley this evening. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $42.
Brooklyn-based indie band The Antlers will be at Urban Lounge tonight. Yellow Ostrich will warm it up. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe will be at Canyons Resort tonight for a free show beginning at 6 p.m.
Snowbasin's weekly Blues, Brews & BBQ festival will be happening today with music by Diego's Umbrella, The Earful and Folk Hogan. The music starts at 12:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Hip-hop duo MKTO will be at The Complex. The show starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20.
The Led Zeppelin tribute band Zepperella will be at Urban Lounge. Thunderfist is also on the bill. Tickets are $12. The show starts at 8 p.m.
For the weekend's complete list of thing to do, click here.