While it’s not officially summer until the solstice on June 21, city summer celebrations cannot wait. In fact, Pony Express Days, Eagle Mountain’s annual week of festivities, is already underway, with other cities’ celebrations coming up soon.

Throughout the summer months, we can look forward to celebrating cities’ histories, patriotism and community togetherness at city celebrations, with several happening every month during June, July and August.

Provo’s Freedom Festival actually lasts several weeks, with events having begun in May with the Utah Valley National Day of Prayer and a Memorial Day service. The festival continues through July 6, with many of the events and activities being of a patriotic nature. These include a patriotic service on June 30 with speakers and musical performances and the Stadium of Fire on July 4.

Pleasant Grove’s Strawberry Days is said to be the longest-running celebration in Utah. The first Strawberry Days celebration was held in June 1921. The history of the city is honored during the weeklong festivities with pioneer tours. These tours will take visitors through the “Old Bell School” and original log cabins.

Many of Utah Valley’s city celebrations have some unique events. A demolition derby is part of Eagle Mountain’s Pony Express Days. The Cedar Hills Family Festival is hosting a family edition of “The Amazing Race.” Teams will compete in a series of challenges throughout the city.

Highland Fling’s events include a Strongman Competition and Highland games. Art City Days in Springville will have a Medallion Treasure Hunt. Participants can follow clues to find medallions hidden somewhere in the city. These medallions are worth bragging rights — and some valuable prizes.

People love the food at city celebrations as well. Scones are a major draw for visitors at Art City Days. Fresh strawberries and cream bring people out to Strawberry Days. Orem Summerfest has an annual pancake breakfast and the Lehi Roundup has a chuck wagon breakfast.

So why do we love these city celebrations so much? Springville’s mayor, Richard Child said that these city celebrations are a fundamental part of bringing unity to our communities and making our towns a great place to live.

“These celebrations bring people together of all ages and demographics where they can participate in a variety of activities,” he said. “I really enjoy watching new families who have moved to our city participate in these celebrations because they truly become citizens of our town as they interact with the community.”

For information about city summer celebrations, check out each city’s website or Facebook page.

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Laura Giles is a long-time correspondent for the Daily Herald and a community member living in Pleasant Grove. She can be contacted at

LauraCGiles@gmail.com.

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