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Freedom Festival Goers Lining Up

Freedom Festival Goers Lining Up



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Sam Penrod ReportingThe state's biggest Independence Day celebration is getting underway in Provo tonight. It will include a huge parade tomorrow morning and tomorrow night the Stadium of Fire, with fireworks.

If you don't already have tickets it's too late; Stadium of Fire is already sold out, likely because country superstar Reba McEntire is performing. However, the fireworks show will be visible all over Provo and Orem. And the stadium of fire organizers promise an entertaining and patriotic night.

Last minute rehearsals were held today for the hundreds of dancers who will be on the field tomorrow night performing during Stadium of Fire. Along with Reba McEntire, who is headlining the show, it will be seen by those in the military around the world.

John Whittaker, Producer, "Stadium of Fire": "We are going to broadcast segments of the show to armed forces network, so all the troops around the world will be able to see our show."

Winners from the TV shows American Idol and Star Search will also perform. We got an impromptu concert from Star Search Winner Kevin Francis from California who is in Provo to perform.

Kevin Francis: "Patriotic songs and then we'll be singing some of the songs that we did on Star Search and American Idol."

Radio talk show host Sean Hannity will be the emcee. Hannity broadcast his radio show from the Gallivan Center this afternoon.

And tomorrow morning's parade is already bringing people out, trying to stake out a spot along the parade route. While Provo City will allow people to camp out, parade goers must leave someone to watch their chairs and blankets.

Mike Mower, Provo City Spokeswoman: "If people do want to come down here and camp they can, they need to stay with their things and be courteous to their neighbors and the residents who live along center street."

Tomorrow's parade starts at 9 a.m. It will run along University Avenue and then east onto Center Street. 250,000 people are expected to watch the parade.

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