Freedom Fire features tributes to local heroes and the music of ABBA

Freedom Fire 2013 comes to Utah State University’s Romney Stadium Wednesday, July 3 and Craig Jessop, dean of the USU Caine College of the Arts, called it a, “great celebration of our great land, its history and its heritage.”

The Independence Day event is co-hosted by the college and the City of Logan. The event includes prominent entertainers, a tribute to Logan City Police and Fire Departments along with Boy Scouts and Fireworks West’s famous fireworks.

“My whole desire is to pass on to now my grandchildren, my grandsons, this great heritage that we have, this celebration of freedom, of the human spirit and of the great legacy we have as Americans,” Jessop said. “What better way than to gather as a community on the 4th of July and celebrate our nation.”

Denise Albitson, public relations and marketing director for Freedom Fire, said the headliner is the music of ABBA as performed by Arrival from Sweden.

“This group is unique in that it is sanctioned by the now corporation that is considered ABBA,” Albiston explained on <a href=”″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s Crosstalk program Tuesday</a>. “So they get to have a few unrecorded tracks that ABBA never got to perform before they broke up.

“It is essentially a tribute to ABBA. They perform as if they are ABBA, they use ABBA costumes, they even use ABBA musicians at times. They are as close to ABBA as you’re going to get.”

The American Festival Chorus and Orchestra, under the direction of Jessop, will also perform and there will be other local talent.

Gates open at 6 p.m. and the pre-show is at 7. The music of ABBA will begin at 8 and fireworks at about 10 p.m. For ticket information call 797-8022.

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