This year's Park City Fourth of July Parade will be led by Grand Marshal Ted Ligety, native Parkite and Olympic gold medalist. It's Ligety's second time being Grand Marshal (the first was after he won the gold at the combined event at the 2006 Winter Olympics). He described it as "a cool experience and a really cool honor."

Ligety was born and raised in Park City and still resides here when he's not traveling the globe to compete against the best skiers in the world. Like a lot of Parkites, the Fourth of July is a special day for Ligety.

"I don't know if I've ever even missed one. Maybe one or two." Ligety said about the parade. "Fourth of July is one of the most fun days in Park City. It seems like, from hearing from other people, Fourth of July gets kind of discombobulated. Here it's just one big main area, everyone joins together and there's only one place to be: It's the park and Main Street."

Ligety first achieved worldwide fame at the age of 21 when he won a gold medal in the combined event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.

This year, Ligety enjoyed great success at the FIS Alpine World Championships in Schladming, Austria. There, he took gold medals in the super G (an event he had never before won), the super combined and the giant slalom, becoming the first American man to win three gold medals in a single World Championships.

With the 2014 Winter Olympics taking place this coming winter in Sochi, Russia, Ligety has a lot on his plate. His summer travel will take him everywhere from California to Asia to New Zealand.


"Super, super busy," Ligety said.

The Park City Fourth of July Parade begins at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 4, and will feature approximately 70 floats making their way down historic Main Street.