Fourth of July

Sean Higgins

The Fourth of July weekend kicked off in Park City Friday morning with the return of the Main Street parade. After a year hiatus due to COVID-19, many were ecstatic to be back, but some were not so happy to see the parade moved from its traditional date.

The Fourth of July weekend is here and things are going to look a bit different than in the past.


The biggest change this year for the Fourth of July is the parade on Park City’s Main Street won’t actually be on the 4th. City council voted in May to move the parade to Friday the 2nd, citing lingering COVID-19 concerns and a desire to scale down the event and make it more local-friendly.


Friday’s parade is scheduled to begin at 11am and will run from the top of Main Street to Park Avenue.


On today's Local News Hour:

( 03:08) Summit County Council Member Malena Stevens recaps Wednesday's meeting.

( 14:48) Sean Higgins story about the proposed solutions to the traffic problems in Little Cottonwood Canyon and Snowbird Resort coming out in favor of an aerial transit solution over expanded bus services.

( 19:03) The Park City Board of Education held a special work meeting Tuesday to discuss incorporating green building initiatives into the $150 million master plan facilities expansions planned for six schools as Carolynn Muray reports.

( 22:59) Promontory General Manager Kelli Brown has details on the announcement of the final buildout of the 4600 acre development.

( 38:28) Jenny Diersen has details about the Fourth of July weekend, including concerts at Deer Valley.

Monika Guendner / KPCW

Thursday’s Park City Council meeting will feature a final update on the city’s Fourth of July Plans and consideration of summer programs at the site of the proposed arts and culture district.


Due to lingering concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic, city council in Park City first voiced their apprehension at hosting a Fourth of July parade the weekend of the 4th in early May. The council ultimately decided on a Friday, July 2nd parade.


    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. 

Monika Guendner / KPCW

Applications for participation in this year’s Fourth of July Parade in Park City are now open.


Applications are open now until June 14th. Applications received after the 14th may be considered, but will be issued a late fee. No applications will be accepted after June 24th.


This year’s parade theme is “together again” and applications are encouraged from local Summit County residents, businesses, and nonprofits and are asked to represent the theme and spirit of the holiday.

In a 4-1 vote Thursday night, city council moved ahead with scheduling the Fourth of July parade in Park City for Friday, July 2nd.


The council was seeking public feedback on the decision after first considering the move late last month. City Economic Development Program Manager Jenny Diersen said she was sent an unusual amount of feedback on the topic.


Park City Council has indicated they are not in favor of holding a parade the weekend of July 4th, but are open to a Friday parade on July 2nd. 


Monika Guendner / KPCW

City council in Park City will return to regular session on Thursday with a packed agenda.


Thursday’s meeting will be held electronically over Zoom and Facebook Live.


Council will kick off the meeting with a work session starting at 3:30. First on the agenda is the Fourth of July festivities in Park City and what they may or may not look like.


Monika Guendner / KPCW

City council in Park City decided they would like to see fewer people come to events this summer. How that will be enforced, however, is largely out of the city’s hands. 


After almost the entire 2020 events calendar in Park City was lost to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city is gearing up to tackle this summer’s schedule.


Car-free Sundays will come back for a second year and Park Silly Market looks to return after a year hiatus from Main Street. Summer concerts at Deer Valley are set to make a comeback as well.

Park City Municipal

Thursday night’s city council meeting in Park City had two major topics: What this summer’s events calendar might look like and an update from the city’s housing department on the potential for future public-private development projects.


If there’s one thing everyone could agree on Thursday night, it’s that summer 2021 will not look like summer 2020.


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.

Heber City

Although there will not be a parade in Heber on the 4th of July, Heber residents are still celebrating Independence Day.

Heber City’s Old Fashion Fourth of July Celebration takes place at Main Street City Park located at 200 South Main Street.

From noon to 1:00 will be a free hotdog lunch.

Park City is ready for a busy week of events to celebrate the nations independence. The festivities begin the night before the 4th and continue through the weekend.

July 3rd will see a host of activities ahead of Independence Day celebrations. Free activities include the farmers market at Park City Mountain Resort, and fireworks at the Canyons Resort. Wednesday also marks the beginning of the nearly sold out Oakley Rodeo which will run through July 6th.