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CAPTION ONLY: UTAHNS GET A JUMP ON CELEBRATING INDEPENDENCE DAY

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Full of anticipation, Melesa Sundquist, 3, and her father, Michael, watch a balloon hat being fashioned at the Provo Art Festival Saturday in the city's downtown. Thousands of Utahns celebrated Independence Day a few hours early as they enjoyed fireworks displays in a variety of locations, including Sugarhouse Park at right, seen from the mouth of Parleys Canyon. The shower of color was set to the music via the radio. Sponsored by the Deseret News, the "Celebrate America '93" included a day of picnicking, concessions, music and sky divers at the park before the big show began just after dusk. Cool temperatures dictated warmer viewing attire for most, with sweatshirts, jackets and blankets covering summer shorts and T-shirts. In Utah County, the annual "Stadium of Fire," at Brigham Young University's Cougar Stadium, drew thousands to hear the music of Kenny Loggins and Jeffrey Osborne before a spectacular display of color lit up the night sky. In another segment of America's Freedom Festival in Provo, five people were honored Friday night with Freedom awards. (See story on Page A12.) Park City plans a fireworks show Sunday, and more are scheduled Monday in Clearfield, Kaysville, Kearns, Lagoon, Layton, Lehi, Magna, Murray, Pleasant Grove, Provo and West Jordan. Parades to celebrate America's 217 years of independence are also planned in a number of Utah cities. See Page B4 for more information on holiday parades and fireworks.