4th of July returns without fireworks

Park City’s 4th of July celebration returns on Monday with a parade down the high street, live music, rugby and volleyball at City Park. Due to the fires and drought, this year’s event will not include fireworks.
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Park City’s annual 4th of July celebration returns on Monday with the traditional 5k run, high street parade and rugby and volleyball matches at City Park.

The only thing missing will be fireworks, said Jenny Diersen, manager of special events and the economic development program at City Hall.

“Due to the fires and the drought, we are not planning fireworks within the city limits,” she said.

But the lack of colorful explosions in the sky won’t stop Park City from enjoying America’s birthday, Diersen said.

With festivities starting at 7 a.m. with the Cole Sport 5K fun run benefiting Park City Ski and Snowboard, the parade at 11 a.m., and games at the north end of City Park beginning at noon, attendees will have a lot to do, she said.

The parade route will be the same as in the past. It will start at the top of Main Street, at the intersection with Swede Alley, and run down to 9th Street, according to Diersen.

“From there it will go to Park Avenue and then end at 7-Eleven,” she said.

In addition to rugby and volleyball, the city will offer children’s activities and live music, Diersen said.

“There will be no barbecue this year, but we will have great food trucks for people who want to buy lunch or snacks at the park,” she said.

The Friends of the Park City Library will be holding their annual July 4 book sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To prepare for the festivities, the city will begin closing Main Street, Heber Avenue and Park Avenue to traffic at 6 a.m. Monday, Diersen said.

“We’re anticipating a 8 a.m. abrupt shutdown,” she said.

Diersen wants those attending the parade and City Park events to ride bikes, carpool or take public transit.

“We’re expecting a lot of people this weekend, so we’re encouraging people to really think about how they’ll get to the festivities,” she said.

In addition to the 4th of July celebration in Park City, other festivities are planned in Summit County.

  • The 87th Annual Oakley Rodeo and Celebration will be held June 30 through July 4 at the Oakley Rodeo Grounds (oakleycity.com/rodeo)
  • Canyons Village will host its celebration from July 1-3 and will feature light-up drone shows every night. Canyons plans to shoot fireworks on July 3 (cvma.com/events/event/july-3rd-weekend-celebration-2/)
  • The Deer Valley Music Festival of Utah Symphony will present Stewart Copeland: Police Deranged for Orchestra on July 1 and Patriotic Pops with Lakisha Jones on July 2 at the Snow Park Amphitheater (deervalleymusicfestival.org)
The annual 4th of July rugby match kicks off at 11 a.m. Monday at the north end of City Park.
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After spreading the Park City festivities over a weekend last year due to pandemic concerns, Diersen is looking forward to seeing a more typical Fourth of July celebration this year.

“I’m glad we’re back to normal as much as possible, and I’m excited to bring the community together,” Diersen said. “I think it’s an event that the community enjoys, whether people come to the parade or attend a concert or just hang out with friends and family in a neighborhood. It’s time to enjoy your community, and we can’t wait to celebrate our nation’s birthday with everyone.

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