Festivities on the Fourth
The Fourth of July in Park City isn’t just about barbeques and fireworks. It’s a knock-down, drag-out, day-long celebration of community, heritage and, of course, independence.
The festivities start hours before the actual holiday with July 3rd celebrations at local resorts. The Utah Symphony plays a patriotic concert at Deer Valley’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater Saturday at 6:30 p.m., and The Canyons offers free live music and fireworks in its Resort Village starting at 7:30 p.m.
The holiday hoopla resumes bright and early Sunday morning with the 5K Fun Run benefiting the Park City Ski Team at 8 a.m. and a community-wide pancake breakfast at City Park from 7 until approximately 10 a.m. Then revelers head up the hill to stake out prime parade-watching positions.
The parade, which is organized by the Park City Ambassadors, winds from the top of Main Street to the intersection at 9th Street, where it crosses over to Park Avenue and continues to City Park. The Utah Air National Guard is scheduled to kick things off with a C-130 transport aircraft fly-over at 11 a.m.
According to Joel Fine, a member of the Ambassadors who helps organize Fourth festivities, this year’s parade will include 85 floats, a record number of entries. The theme is "From Silver to Snow" and categories for judging include: best presentation and spirit, most original, most creative, best children’s float, big business award, small business award, best nonprofit entry and special mention.
"A lot of people take the competition very seriously and try to adhere to the theme," Fine says. "We have some great floats this year. I’m so excited."
The parade will honor Bill Edwards (aka Mr. Bill), a 30-year veteran of KPCW, as Grand Marshal and will feature entertainers such as the Salt City Saints jazz band, the Webber Academy of Irish Dance and the newly formed Park City Marching Band making its performance debut.
Following the procession, revelers are invited congregate at City Park for an afternoon of music, rugby, food, libations and family activities.
Park City Concerts will present a full lineup of live music from noon to 4 p.m. at the music pavilion at City Park. Featured acts include Motherlode Canyon Band, The Codi Jordan Band and Tim Wray & Fat Paw.
Food concessions in the park will be provided by the Knights of Columbus from St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Park City Sunrise Rotary. Proceeds from sales are used by the Rotary Club to make charitable contributions to local nonprofit causes.
There will also be about 40 vendors selling their wares around the perimeter of City Park, Fine says. The bazaar will be similar to a mini Park Silly Sunday Market, with items ranging from clothing and jewelry to arts and crafts.
A new addition to this year’s schedule of events is the inaugural "Extreme Park City Pie Eating Contest," which will take place in front of the music pavilion. Java Cow, the contest sponsor, is donating a heap of cherry pies to find out who reigns in a 5-minute, no-hands competition.
The 21-and-under division will start at 1:30 p.m., followed by the adult division at 2:20 p.m. Prizes will be given to the fastest and messiest eaters. Contestants can sign up at Java Cow by July 3 or at the park at least 15 minutes prior to the event.
The largest fireworks show in town will be stationed at the base of Park City Mountain Resort. Live entertainment with local band Holy Water Buffalo starts at 8 p.m. at The Corner Store and the show starts at dusk. KPCW, 91.9 FM, will broadcast patriotic music to accompany the rockets’ red glare.
Fine notes that the Fourth of July is the landmark event for the Ambassadors and encourages everyone spending the holiday in Park City to come out and enjoy the varied offerings. "The Ambassadors have really worked hard on this. It’s a major event for the city and we just love doing it," he says.
Schedule of events:
7 a.m. – Pancake Breakfast at City Park
8 a.m. – 5K Fun Run starts at Cole Sport
10 a.m. – Rugby games start at City Park fields
11 a.m. – Fourth of July Parade on Main Street
Noon to 4 p.m. – Live music featuring Motherlode Canyon Band, The Codi Jordan Band and Tim Wray & Fat Paw at City Park music pavilion
Noon to 4 p.m. – Food, beer and vendors at City Park
1:30 p.m. and 2:20 p.m. – Extreme Pie Eating Contest at City Park
7 p.m. – OneRepublic concert at Deer Valley
8 p.m. – Live music featuring Holy Water Buffalo at The Corner Store at Park City Mountain Resort
Dusk – Fireworks at Park City Mountain Resort
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