The Fourth of July is one of the best days of the year to spend in Park City, Utah. Our town’s unique mining history always seems to come through and there are a host of fun and exciting activities and events to satisfy all ages. And to add more to the fun this year, Park City is one of the only communities in Utah to have festivities on the 4th – so if you live somewhere that is celebrating on the 3rd, please come on up!
This year, the weekend will start with local radio station KPCW’s 30th Birthday Party on the Town Lift Plaza. The “Summer Bash” starts Friday at 5pm and features music, food, drink and kids activities – the entertainment is free and all food and drink purchases go to help support KPCW.
On Saturday, the festivities continue with the Park Silly “Saturday” Market, which moves from its traditional Sunday time frame in order to accommodate the 4th of July parade. I highly recommend the Silly Market and have been to all but one so far this year.
On the big day, things kick off early with the traditional pancake breakfast at City Park starting at 7am. You may want to show up a little later if you’re planning on doing the Park City Ski Team 5k Fun Run, which starts at 8am, call Cole Sport at 435-649-4806 for more info. It’s always nice to fill up with some ‘cakes after putting in a few miles. After that, head up either along Park Ave or Main St to snag your spot to watch Park City’s famous 4th of July Parade with over 70 floats celebrating Park City's history "From Silver to Snow", which starts at 11am. Keep an eye out for the Park City Mountain Resort float which was specially constructed by our wonderful Mountain Hosts. Then, mosey back down to City Park where there will be live music, food, drinks and more throughout the afternoon.
Finally, be sure to stick around until ‘dusk’, probably around 9:30pm, when we’ll have fireworks shot from the base of Park City Mountain Resort. The fireworks are shot from the First Time Parking Lot and some of the best viewing locations are along the Park City Golf Course, the Aerie hill area, and Boot Hill.. And if you want an extra patriotic flavor to your fireworks viewing, tune into KPCW on 91.9 FM during the fireworks for some 4th of July themed music during the show.
Originally from the Pocono’s of Pennsylvania, Travis found his way to Park City three years ago and is now our grooming manager. When not in snowcat you can find him skiing or snowmobiling in the Utah backcountry or enjoying the skiing here at Park City Mountain Resort.
Nicole Roundy is a world class snowboarder on the US Paralympic Team. She is a cancer survivor, inspiration seeker, crossfit training, Park City riding superpower blogger. Follow her adventures right here. You can also spy her on twitter (@nicoleroundy) and Instragram (@nroundy)