"This year we are trying to make it a full day of activities," said Steve Pastorino, director of public relations for Talisker/Canyons. "Out our community has gotten used to coming out in the evening to have their picnics while hearing live music and watching the fireworks, so we decided to include programming for kids that will start at three o'clock in the afternoon to coincide with the end of our day hiking and biking on the mountain."
The resort will become a hub of activities that will kick off with a bicycle parade led by mascot Murdock the Moose at 3:30 p.m.
"Kids will meet next to the Umbrella Bar in the Resort Village and be able to participate in the tradition of decorating their bikes with red, white and blue streamers, bells and whistles and such and Murdock will lead them around the village and the ski beach," Pastorino said. "We will also have an assortment of carnival games such as the beanbag toss and other fun and easy interactive stuff for kids."
From 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., a performance artist and magician known as Magic Century will be wandering about the plaza doing some illusions and tricks.
"He entertained our guests during the winter months and always manages to gather a crowd around him," Pastorino said.
Music performances on the Mountain Stage will begin at 5 p.m. with DJ Velvet and culminate with the live funk of the Soulistics at 7:30 p.m.
"We had a great response when the band played our July Third celebration last year, so we're bringing them back," Pastorino explained. "They are local band from Salt Lake, but are influenced by Motown and other soul and rhythm-and-blues artists.
"They are a great and entertaining party band and will definitely get people on their feet."
Getting people to dance and celebrate is what the July Third event is all about, Pastorino said.
"We look at the event as a giant party for Park City and the surrounding communities to come out and have a fun, safe way to spend the holidays," he said. "We hope people will come spend all day with us and stay well into the evening."
Of course the night will end with fireworks.
"We've always put on a great fireworks show and this one will not disappoint," Pastorino said.
To help with parking, Canyons has teamed with the People's Health Clinic.
"We are planning on having thousands of guests coming to the event from all over," Pastorino said. "We encourage those who live in and around Summit County to use public transportation, but for those who insist on driving, the People's Health Clinic will assist them with the parking situation and the entrance and exiting of vehicles throughout the afternoon."
To do so, volunteers from the People's Health Clinic will collect a parking fee of $5 per car.
"The money they collect will benefit the PHC," Pastorino said. "They are helping us with keeping the parking lot in order and the money they collect will generate a nice significant donation to them."
Although this year's Third of July celebration will start earlier in the day, Pastorino encouraged people to arrive early.
"We don't want them to miss the concert or the fireworks or their dinner reservations," he said. "We want them all to have a great time with us."
Canyons will present its annual July 3 celebration beginning at 3 p.m. that will include bike parades, face painting and carnival games. (See accompanying story titled "Canyons Third of July schedule") A special barbecue will be offered for $20 per adult and $10 per child. The night will culminate with live music by The Soulistics at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks after the concert. Admission is $5 per car and will be colleted in the cabriolet parking lot and proceeds will be donated to the People's Health Clinic. For more information, visit www.canyonsresort.com .