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Many Park City businesses say the Fourth won’t be down

by Andrew Kirk, OF THE RECORD STAFF

Park City businesses are largely expecting a good weekend with more people vacationing close to home and the holiday falling on a Saturday.

Mary Potts Olson, director of sales and events for Bill White Enterprises, said reservations for their restaurants are good and she’s expecting them to be busy especially those on Main Street.

Fireworks at The Canyons Resort should drive people to Ghidotti’s at Redstone Plaza and those in Park City should be good for Windy Ridge Café, she said.

Promotions, especially the Tuesday Tacos special at Windy Ridge, have been effective at getting locals out to eat this summer. Parkites were overly cautious this winter, and are now more comfortable with their financial situations, she said.

Ricky Stroud, general manager of The Park Regency on Bonanza Drive said he’s booked up this weekend.

Since gas prices went up last summer, he’s seen a lot more regional visitors. Park City’s summer offerings have improved that as well, he said. Salt Lake City people have been coming up to get out of the valley. All this combined, he expects this weekend to be just as good as years past despite the recession.

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Cindy Galli, marketing manager for the Best Western Landmark, also predicts this weekend to be on par with previous years.

Traditionally July and August are good months, she said. If August is slower, she’ll blame that on the economy, but so far, July looks strong. She also said specials and package deals have been effective.

She said the Utah Olympic Park and fireworks at The Canyons should make Kimball Junction pretty busy.

Jennifer Clarke with the Utah Olympic Park said the Fourth of July is usually busy and the park’s freestyle shows draw big crowds. This weekend the teams will be training in the pools as well.

"We’re noticing a lot of people visiting from within a day’s drive," she said.

The Oakley Rodeo brings crowds to the East Side. Amber Gubler at The Gateway Grill in Kamas said she’s always busy on the Fourth of July. Besides the rodeo crowd, she sees campers, 4-wheelers, people going out on horseback and bike or foot-race participants.

Because of the economy, Gubler said she thinks campers are spending less this year, but there are more campers because people are taking inexpensive vacations.

Fourth of July celebration organizers predict the combination of Park City’s 125th anniversary and the holiday on a Saturday will make 2009 one of the city’s largest ever with over 15,000 predicted to attend.

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