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The Fourth of July is a big, small-town Park City tradition

Celebration includes food, games and fireworks

There is no Fourth of July celebration like Park City's, said Jenny Diersen, special events coordinator for Park City Municipal.

The festivities start at 7 a.m. with a Boy Scouts pancake breakfast for $8 at City Park and an array of activities that go until the fireworks show some 14 hours later.

The Cole Sport 5K Fun Run that will benefit the Park City Ski Team at Park City Mountain Resort is set for 8 a.m. (To register for the run, visit http://www.runnercard.com/roadrace/public/raceGroup/976079).

Starting at 10:30 a.m., there will be light entertainment and announcements on Main Street.

"We will have local musicians who will sing the national anthem on the Town Lift Bridge," Diersen told The Park Record. "Following that, the Fourth of July parade down historic Main Street will start at 11 a.m."

The parade will feature upwards of 60 floats this year.

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"They are all from local Summit County and Park City businesses and residents," Diersen
said.

The parade will run down Main Street, over to Park Avenue and end at City Park.

"Once the parade ends, we will have all sorts of fun activities at the north end of the park," Diersen said. "We'll leave the south end of the park alone so people will have some open space to hang out and relax."

Park City Sunrise Rotary Club will start up a barbecue, and there will also be a beer garden.

Hot dogs and hamburgers will be offered for $5. Pulled pork sandwiches will be $6, and cole slaw and cookies are $1.

"The fees will go back to support [rotary] programs and, ultimately, back into our community," Diersen said. "All of these activities are put on by local community members and organizations, and we work really hard to continue that, and we value the community members that make this happen."

Rugby and volleyball games, which have become Fourth of July traditions, will also begin at that time, while a local boy scout troop will be in charge of the kids’ activities, Diersen said.

"Those activities will include bounce houses and all sorts of other fun things, including face painting that will be offered by the Park City High School cheerleading team," she said.

Park City Resort activities will start at 3 p.m. DJ Velvet will spin some mixes and there will be face painting and a balloon artist.

"They will have a barbecue and festivities going on until the fireworks, which will be at dusk," Diersen said. "We say dusk, and that’s usually sometime around the 9 p.m. hour."

The resort will also present live music by the Cover Dogs at 5 p.m. and The Soulistics at 7:30 p.m.

In addition, people who will be visiting Main Street in the late afternoon will be treated to a free chamber-music performance by the Park City Beethoven Festival, featuring director Leslie Harlow and musical guests from around the world.

"They will perform at Miners Park," Diersen said. "So, if people are going to dinner on the Fourth of July on Main Street, they will be able to hear the concert."

Each year, Park City's Fourth of July celebration attracts large crowds comprised of local residents and visitors.

Last year, an estimated 36,000 people converged Park City, Diersen said.

"That number includes people who come for the parade in the morning or go to the fireworks at night," she said. "We’re expecting a large attendance again, because this is one of Park City’s largest and iconic events. So, we ask people to plan ahead [and] come to the festivities early to enjoy Main Street and avoid traffic delays."

To help ease traffic issues, Park City has partnered with the Park City School District, Deer Valley Resort and Vail Resorts that own Park City Mountain and Canyons Village.

"Park City High School, Deer Valley and both Park City base and Canyons cabriolet lots will be open for supplemental parking," Diersen said. "You can park in those four areas for free and take free public transit to Old Town."

Another change is the paid parking at the China Bridge parking garage that is accessible from Swede Alley and Marsac Avenue.

"Parking will cost $20, cash only," Diersen said. "So, we are really encouraging people to car pool and take the bus."

There will also be two bicycle valets for those who want to bike to Old Town.

"One will be at Ninth Street on lower Main and one just outside of the Skate Park at City Park," Diersen said.

In addition, Park City has partnered with Summit County to help decrease traffic congestion.

"The new Kimball Express and Kamas Connect [buses] will also be running on the Fourth of July," she said. "So, people can jump on them and ride to Old Town."

Park City's Fourth of July celebration will begin at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at City Park. The day will continue with a Cole Sport Ski Mountain Fun Run, rugby and volleyball games, barbecues and live music at City Park. Park City's Fourth of July Parade will run down Main Street and end with a celebration at City Park that will feature food, games, children's activities and more live music. The celebration will include activities at Park City Mountain Resort. Fireworks will start at dusk.