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The annual parade down Main Street, featuring homemade floats, is one of the highlights of Park City's Fourth of July celebrations. (Park Record archive photo)
Park City will be buzzing with excitement as it celebrates the nation's 237th birthday on Thursday, July 4.

Joel Fine of the Park City Ambassadors, the town's volunteer branch that organizes Park City's festivities, said the day will be filled with live music, family activities, food, drinks, the annual parade, and fireworks.

"I've been part of the planning process for the July 4 celebration seven or eight years, and one of the noticeable things is that we are more organized and more efficient in how things go," Fine told The Park Record. "Not only has our process come into its own, but we've also seen an increase in the number of parade spectators who have come from afar."

Spectators aren't the only group that has grown, he said.

"We have also increased the number of entertainment along the parade route from prior years," he said.

This year, however, the number of floats that have registered has dropped to 71.

"We usually get about 80 to 85 entries, but this year is a little lighter," he said. "There are two reasons."

The first is because of the construction on the staging area on Swede Alley and the second is the lack of volunteers.

"We need more volunteers to put this event on and could use another 50 or 60 people to help," he said. "In fact, we still need volunteers to help us on Thursday."

Anyone interested in volunteering should call Kandi Kutkas at (801) 472-2675 or email kandikutkas@yahoo.com , Fine said.


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This year's festivities will still be fun, he promised.

"We will start like we always do with a pancake breakfast served by the Boy Scouts in City Park at 7 a.m.," Fine said. "And we'll hold the Cole Sport 5K fun run at 8 a.m."

The breakfast cost $7 for adults and $5 kids 12 and younger, and registration for the run is $30 ages 12 and older and $20 for ages 11 and younger.

The prices will increase $5 on race day.

After the run finishes at 10 a.m., the park will come alive with rugby games and other activities.

"We'll have some bounce houses for the kids and then we'll get ready for the parade that will begin at 11 a.m.," Fine said.

The floats, which will have a "Once Upon a Fourth" theme, will drive up Swede Alley and then descend down Main Street.

In the past seven years, Fine has seen some interesting parade participants.

"Unfortunately, I really haven't had time to look closely at the floats each year, because I'm working to get the people in the right places, but one of the more impressive entries in the past that I have seen was the Canyons' Snow Cat. That thing was huge."

Fine has also seen a camel lumber down the street.

"That was memorable because those animals can get pretty ornery," he said with a laugh. "Needless to say, there are no more camels in the parade."

Other participants have entered sailing boats and cars.

"The ones that I am really impressed with are the small mom-and-pop creations that have been entered," Fine said. "In fact, that's more what the parade is all about."

Unfortunately, there will be no Air Force fly over to get the parade started this year.

"We can't do that because of the military (operating) cuts," Fine said. "However, we are working on something that will hopefully be ready for Thursday."

After the parade, the festivities will return to City Park, where the Sunrise Rotary Club will host a barbecue lunch, which is a fundraiser for the club.

Prices are $3 for hot dogs, $5 for hamburgers, cheese burgers and bratwursts, $6 for barbecue pulled port, $1 for cole slaw and cookies, $2 for pizza slices and $12 for a full pizza.

The rotary club will also host an opportunity drawing for a trip to Hawaii.

Tickets are $20 each.

"All profits will be retained by our Rotary Club for local and international projects," said member Mike Luers.

In addition, the Park City Ambassadors will sell pizza, soft drinks and beer for those of age, Fine said.

"We will also have four bands performing in the park," he said.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Noon— Motherlode Canyon Band

  • 1:15 p.m. — Brogan Kelby

  • 2:15 p.m. — Dizzy Desoto

  • 3:30 p.m. — Know UR Roots

    At dusk, fireworks will be launched from Park City Mountain Resort, after a live set by local band Muddpuddle, which will start at 6:30 p.m.

    "Park City Mountain Resort's doing it right this year," said PCMR communications manager. "We'll be grilling up burgers, dogs and brats beginning at 4 p.m., with a beer garden."

    For more information about the Park City Fourth of July Parade and Celebration, visit www.visitparkcity.com/events . For more information about Park City Mountain Resort, visit www.pcmr.com.