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Park City prepares for traffic, parking fireworks on the Fourth of July

Officials want people to take buses, carpools or bicycles on Tuesday

by Jay Hamburger
THE PARK RECORD

Park City officials request people headed to the 4th of July festivities take buses, bicycle or travel in carpools to Old Town. It is expected to be a busy holiday in Park City with a parade in the morning, activities throughout the day and fireworks at dusk.

Bad traffic could light someone's fuse in Park City on Tuesday.

City Hall has devised plans for the 4th of July meant to ensure the day's fireworks are in the air and not on the roads. Officials have published a set of suggestions for moving about Park City on what is normally one of the busiest days of the summer. The crowds usually start arriving before 7 a.m. and then spend the day on Main Street, at the resorts or on the trails before gathering for the fireworks after dusk.

The parade is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. at the southern end of Main Street, descends Main Street to Park Avenue and moves north of Park Avenue. The route ends at City Park for more festivities like rugby contests, volleyball, concerts and activities for kids. Fireworks are planned at dusk at the base of Park City Mountain Resort.

City Hall is asking people to take buses, bicycle or travel in carpools on the 4th of July. An express route between Kimball Junction and Park City as well as a line linking Park City and Kamas will be in operation in addition to the regular bus lines.

Free parking will be available at Park City High School, the cabriolet lot at PCMR's Canyons Village, PCMR's lots on Lowell Avenue and Deer Valley Resort's Snow Park lots. Free buses will travel between the parking locations and Main Street.

There will be a limited number of parking spots available at the China Bridge garage in Old Town at a price of $20, cash only. Drivers headed to the China Bridge garage must use the Marsac Avenue entrance.

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Organizers will offer bicycle valets in a Park Avenue parking lot bordering City Park and along lower Main Street, at the 9th Street intersection.

City Hall, meanwhile, will prohibit parking along the parade route on Main Street and Park Avenue starting at 6 a.m. on Independence Day. Parking will open afterward.

Tourism officials say the weekend and the holiday could draw lots of people from the Wasatch Front to Park City. Bill Malone, the president and CEO of the Park City Chamber/Bureau, said forecasted hot weather on the Wasatch Front may lead people to visit Park City.

"That drives a lot of people up to the mountains," Malone said.

The Chamber/Bureau projects occupancy in Park City's lodging properties at 46 percent on Monday, 39 percent on Tuesday and 33 percent on Wednesday. Malone said the numbers are slightly above those in 2016. He acknowledged occupancy numbers during the 4th of July period typically are not high since business travelers usually are not headed out on a holiday week and 4th of July visitors typically do not stay overnight.

Park City staffers provided a written briefing to Mayor Jack Thomas and the Park City Council about the festivities as the holiday approached, outlining modifications to the event over the past two years. One of the key changes was the hiring of an event planner this year. Officials want to "bring back the fun and funk and to increase the community feel of the event," the briefing says.

It outlines that activities at City Park on the 4th of July will be on the north end of the park rather than the traditional location on the south end, something meant to "reduce the feeling of overcrowding," the report says. A security firm was tapped to assist the Park City Police Department in neighborhoods, according to the report.

More information and a map are available on City Hall's website, http://www.parkcity.org. Select 'Plan ahead for 4th of July parade' on the front page. The direct link is: http://www.parkcity.org/Home/Components/News/News/20388/23?backlist=%2f. City Hall also encourages people to sign up for text-message alerts. Text PCEVENTS to 888777 to sign up.