Henefer Town

For this holiday weekend, the focus on the east side of Summit County will naturally fall on Oakley’s annual Fourth of July Rodeo.


However, another town on the northern side of the county is also planning festivities for Independence Day as Henefer is set to host an event at its Town Square on Saturday, July 3.


Park City Fire Ban

Jun 21, 2021

A fire ban is in effect for all of Park City. Fireworks, explosive devices, and open fires are all prohibited until further notice. Sign up for emergency alerts at and visit for emergency planning tips and other resources. If a fire does start near you, call 911 and immediately evacuate the area.

Heber City Council upheld the Wasatch County Fire District restrictions within city limits, banning fireworks and other hazardous activities for the summer. 

The council made clear that it will uphold and enforce the Wasatch Fire District fireworks ban. The council held an emergency meeting last night to announce a decision with plenty of time before July 4th celebrations begin. An infraction will be considered a Class B misdemeanor, punishable with up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.

The South Summit cities of Oakley and Kamas haven’t decided yet about holding fireworks for their traditional summer events.   

Oakley City’s nationally famous Fourth of July Rodeo is just a few weeks away.   Mayor Wade Woolstenhulme told KPCW that they are still in a wait-and-see posture about a fireworks show.      

Effective Wednesday, fireworks, open fires, and explosive devices are prohibited within Park City limits.


Park City’s Chief Building and Fire Code Official David Thacker enacted the bans Wednesday, which include the city’s Fourth of July Fireworks.


The parade is still scheduled for Friday, July 2nd.


    Fireworks are a staple of Fourth of July celebrations, but there probably won’t be any in Park City this year. 




With the ongoing drought and fire restrictions in place, fireworks were banned on unincorporated lands throughout Utah after Gov. Spencer Cox issued an executive order on drought restrictions last week.

Utah is celebrating 125 years of statehood with a firework celebration throughout the state.




The fireworks will go off simultaneously in all 29 counties of the state Monday at 7:30 p.m. and will last 3-4 minutes. The event will also air on a TV special.


Fireworks in Summit County will be launched at the base of the Utah Olympic Park. Residents can watch the display from the Kimball Junction park-n-ride. 



With the Pioneer Day weekend just days away, Park City Municipal has announced a fireworks ban within the city limits.


The city announced the immediate prohibition on fireworks and open-source flames on Tuesday afternoon.


Summit County

Don’t include fireworks in your Pioneer Day plans this weekend.


The Utah State Forester has ordered a ban on discharging or using any fireworks for all unincorporated areas of Summit County, starting now through the end of November.


In a statement issued earlier today, State Forester Brian Cottam said he came to the decision, in consultation with county officials, due to the current and forecasted conditions, combined with extremely dry vegetation in northeastern Utah.


With COVID-19 restrictions leading to the cancelation of Fourth of July celebrations across Utah, the Wasatch Back had to get creative. 


Despite the modifications to public firework displays, officials in Summit and Wasatch County say this year was no busier than years past when it came to responding to fire calls.


Monika Guendner / KPCW


Park City has canceled the traditional Fourth of July parade on Main Street due to health restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. KPCW’s Sean Higgins has more:


Jenny Diersen is Park City’s Economic Development Program Manager. She said the decision to cancel the parade came down to worries over people crowded on sidewalks.

Summit County has focused a lot on Sustainability, cleaner air, and efforts like an anti-idling ordinance.    Given that, we asked County Manager Tom Fisher this week about the regular fireworks show they have allowed at the Canyons.   

Fisher noted that he gave the approvals for the First Friday displays at the Canyons.

He said fireworks have long been a traditional event on holidays like the Fourth or Pioneer Day—barring any restrictions due to fire conditions.

With two big holidays in July, first responders are gearing up for fireworks season. Fireworks rules and guidelines help minimize the risk of fire during your July 4 celebrations.

Summit County Fire Warden Bryce Boyer says there are no fire restrictions or firework restrictions currently because recent precipitation has led to more moisture in local vegetation. But that doesn’t mean people should go lighting off fireworks wherever they please.

Utah Fire Marshall

With Independence Day Celebrations coming next week, firework season is nearly here.

According to the Utah State Fire Marshall Class C fireworks can be sold now through July 25th.

Discharge of the fireworks is allowed two days before and one day after both Independence Day and Pioneer Day in Utah. You can set off your fireworks between 11:00 am and 11:00 pm on those days. On Independence and Pioneer Days fireworks can be discharged until midnight.

Wasatch County Fire PIO Janet Carson says they have not set any restrictions on fireworks so far this year.

Fireworks, Open Fires and Certain Ammo are banned

Jun 23, 2017

Though Park City’s streams have been running fast and high, and the surrounding grounds are green and lush, the Park City Municipal Corporation has banned fireworks and certain ammo. KPCW’s Melissa Allison has the story.