Dating back to when Utah was still a territory, Utah County residents have celebrated freedom and Independence on the Fourth of July. Throughout those years, some elements of the celebration have changed, and some have stayed the same. 

The Fourth of July celebration in Provo is recorded as being celebrated far back as 1877 -- nearly 20 years before Utah became a state. There were years when the parade was not held -- during World War II and the Great Depression, for example --  but the parade has been a staple of Utah County's Independence Day celebrations for more than 100 years. 

Provo's celebration has always typically been the central point of all celebrations in Utah County, though through the years other cities, including Spanish Fork, Springville, Lehi, Pleasant Grove, American Fork, Eureka and Payson celebrated their own smaller versions of the celebrations. 

Here are some interesting Independence Day celebrations that were held throughout the years in Utah County. 

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