Sunday, July 5, 2009

Stadium of Fire

As part of the Freedom Festival - on the night of July 4th - they hold a concert/extravaganza at BYU's Cougar Football Stadium - with lots and lots of fireworks. In order to get you there, and waiting for the fireworks, they have different entertainment options.

Glenn Beck was the Emcee for the show and came in with a theme of "76 Trombones" and gave a pretty good speech on the values on which we started this country.
This year they had tributes to the various flags of the United States. With people bringing them into the stadium in period dress.

Then on to the entertainment - first was a girl country singing group - originally from Utah called SHeDAISY. I don't normally like country music, but I think I'll go on iTunes and pick up some of their songs today. I liked their close harmonies, and the had entertainment quality!
The next group - and the one all the kids were screaming for - was the Jonas Brothers. A pop Disney sensation. All the kids around us were dancing, screaming, and belting out the words to their songs.There was a short section of fireworks, then Glenn Beck returned and narrated a solemn ceremony to 'retire the flag' - There are proscribed processes to retire a United States flag - and we watched as they brought in the huge Stadium of Fire flag - that is now too old and worn to use for another year. With great pomp they hand-carried the flag in, and placed it in a cauldron to be its final resting place, and burned it. Then on to the main event - Fireworks! Lots of big ones, devices in the south end of the stadium, huge ones that covered most of the sky, and my favorite--big loud ones! I like to 'feel' my fireworks, and this was a great show.

We were able to park close - since the grand-parents went with us, and we had their handicap stickers, we were able to park in the lot just west of the stadium (thankfully). Though it was a bit difficult for them to climb to almost the top of the west stands. But we had chair seats so it was better than the other stadium seats the young folks were in.


And now some photo evidence of the evening. (I didn't get any photos of the 4 F16 fighter jets passing over - couldn't focus on them moving that fast - bummer)
Joe, Karrissa, McKinley Winward - and Alysha Parsons McKinley getting ready for the show The Winwards Richard & Cenia Parsons - My Parents Ken & Bev Uptain - Jill's Parents OK, I didn't get the Jets - but I did get the Helicopters Over 700 dancers, fire dancers, etc. Glenn Beck delivering his speech The stadium was full of spectators for the extravaganza
Mountains in the background of a packed stadium Audience enthralled with the Fireworks displays Photos couldn't do justice to the Fireworks


6 comments:

Gram said...

Great description of the happenings in the stadium. Good photos and story to go with it. You are right - the photos do not do justice to the fireworks. Thanks for posting.

Richard said...

Thanks for taking me to the Stadium of Fire, Keith. And I didn't even have to pay $65!

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