Moab’s Fourth of July holiday weekend celebrations kick off Saturday night with a “Brewvie” in Swanny City Park, followed by a full day of fun activities in the park on Sunday, July 4.
The screening of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” will feature Moab Brewery beer for sale on July 3, starting at 9 p.m. Movies in the park are shown on a city-owned inflatable screen. The following day, yard games, bingo, free swimming, food, an outdoor live concert and a volleyball tournament are among the activities planned to help people celebrate Independence Day, as well as Utah’s 125 years of statehood.
You can vie for prizes playing bingo at the Moab Recreation and Aquatics Center at 2 p.m. The MRAC pool will offer free swimming that day from 2 to 7 p.m.
People can plan on having dinner at the park and at the same time support Grand County High School’s Red Devils Mountain Bike team, who will be near the picnic tables selling pulled pork meals from 5 to 6 p.m.
Live music happens from 7 to 9 p.m. when the Salt Lake City-based band Shuffle takes the stage, so bring a chair or a blanket for the ground and be prepared to want to sing along.
Shuffle’s lead guitarist Rylee McDonald said the group’s members have been playing music together for the past decade. The band’s current configuration plays “all covers – well-known, sing-along classic rock,” McDonald said. There’s also a drummer, keyboardist, bass player and two lead singers.
“Our goal is we want the audience to be singing along to every song,” McDonald said.
“They’re a fun cover band,” said Arts and Special Events Manager Liz Holland. “We’ll have a beer garden, too, serving beer from 12-7 p.m.”
Vendor and informational booths organized by the Moab Chamber of Commerce will be set up in the park from noon to 4 p.m. featuring activities for the public, said Chamber Director Laici Shumway. For example, at the Chamber booth there will be a watermelon-eating contest, as well as a dunk tank.
Moab Mayor Emily Niehaus will be among the notable citizens willing to risk getting wet, Shumway said.
“We will have other activities throughout the day,” such as a water-spraying fire truck and a bounce house for kids, Shumway said.
Later in the evening, between 9:30 to 10 p.m. people can watch fireworks launched from the Sand Flats area.
This is the second year that the City of Moab has collaborated with the Chamber to put on this community holiday event. Fourth of July celebrations were canceled last year due to COVID.
What: 4th of July Beehive Bash: Celebrating 125 Years of Statehood
Where: Swanny City Park (400 N. 100 West) and various locations
When: Movie on Saturday, July 3 at 8 p.m. Various events on Sunday, July 4 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.