A big Fourth of July party with a small-town feel
June 30, 2015
Park City’s Fourth of July schedule:
7 a.m. — Pancake Breakfast at City Park 8 a.m.-Park City Ski Team 5k Fun Run.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. — Rugby games, live music, BBQ at the north end of City Park
11 a.m. — 4th of July Parade on Main Street
Noon – 4 p.m. — Live music with Underground Cash Bar, Austin Wolfe Band and the Patwa Reggae Band
Noon – 4 p.m. — Food, beer garden and vendors in City Park
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5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. — Live music with George T. Gregory Band
5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. — Beer garden and grill at Park City Mountain Resort
7 p.m. — Patriotic Pops concert at Deer Valley’s Snow Park Amphitheater
Dusk — fireworks at Park City Mountain Resort
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Park City always celebrates the Fourth of July in style.
The town goes all out with a day that includes food, fun and games, an Air Force flyover and, of course, the annual Park City Fourth of July Parade down Main Street.
"I love parades," said Joel Fine, who has organized the event with the Park City Chamber/Bureau for the past 10 years. "I’m not a fan of clowns, but I love parades and love to see the kids enjoy themselves and have a good time."
This year’s theme is Sweet Land of Liberty. The parade has already received more than 70 entries.
"They will range from bigger floats that are more mechanized to other smaller floats that are made of cars, tractors and vans," Fine said. "We also have some special floats, including one from last year that morphed in to a new one this year."
The parade, scheduled to start at 11 a.m., is supposed to feature an Air Force flyover.
"Hopefully, we’ll have the flyover around then," Fine said. "It could happen a few minutes earlier or after.
"I think everyone gets either a little choked up or becomes awestruck when it happens ," he said. "At any rate, once it happens, you really know it’s the Fourth of July."
There will be multiple grand marshals this year – the Park City High School Girls Lacrosse Team.
This will be the first time since Fine has organized the parade that a whole team of 20 to 25 teens who weren’t part of any Olympic team was asked to be grand marshals, he said.
"They won back-to-back champions and we thought that was a great feat and they should be honored for that," he said.
While the parade is a highlight of the day, Fourth of July events start much earlier in City Park.
"We have a pancake breakfast in City Park at 7 a.m. After that we have a Funky 5K and then the other activities start around 10 a.m. and run through about 4:30 p.m.," Fine said.
The schedule includes rugby games, live music and a barbecue at the north end of the park.
"We will then all head to Main Street for the parade around 10:30 a.m. and the parade should run about 1½ hours," Fine said.
However, anyone wants to find a good place to watch the parade on Main Street should plan ahead and arrive early, he said.
"They should take the bus, walk or ride their bikes and refrain from driving, because China Bridge will only have limited parking," Fine said. "Each year we expect large crowds and since this year’s celebration is going to be on a Saturday, it will most definitely be bigger.
"So, people really need to exercise caution when they head to the parade," he said. "They should take their time and not expect to arrive and find a spot in 15 minutes. I’ve seen people actually start putting out blankets and chairs around 5 or 6 o’clock in the morning."
After the parade, the celebration returns to City Park.
"As we usually do, we’ll present live music at the bandstand," Fine said.
This year’s musicians will showcase Underground Cash Bar, a Johnny Cash tribute band, Park City’s own Austin Wolfe, who was a contestant on "American Idol" last year and the Patwa Reggae Band.
"We’ll have rugby at the north end of the field and lunch as well – hamburgers and things like that," Fine said. "We’ll also have pizza, beer and soft drink sales.
Admission to the Fourth of July Celebration at City Park is free, but anything regarding drinks and food will cost a minimal amount of money, according to Fine.
The parade winners will be announced around 2 p.m.
"We have six or seven judges, and we don’t want people to know who they are, because we don’t want to have anyone accused of paying them off," Fine said laughing. "We have different categories including big business and small business, but the judges have a fair amount of leeway to award special mentions and best kids float. I think the crowd like that because it maintains that community spirit."
Fine said the City and Chamber couldn’t present the Fourth of July Celebration without the help of volunteers.
"We still need people to help," he said. ‘We could use help for crowd control and to work out in the park."
Anyone interested in volunteering should call or text Fine at 435-901-2171.
"We want to make this a safe and fun Fourth of July and volunteers help with that," he said. "It’s going to be hot, so we encourage people to bring water, sunscreen and hats and wear the appropriate clothing."