From my first 4th of July celebration in Park City in 2003, with a 2 and 3 year old child, I fell in love with Park City’s small town parade. Over the years, I have participated in almost every pre and post parade activity and here is my advice on how to make the most of the 4th of July in Park City. (For a full list of activities, click here.
Tuesday, July 3rd
Free Celebration of Fireworks at Canyons Village
I save my “fighting with crowds” stamina for the 4th. If you want a low stress way to see the Canyons Village fireworks, valet park at the Waldorf Astoria. Then, go to the restaurant, Powder, and sit outside. Have a refreshing drink or two, and when the fireworks are about to begin, take the Frostwood Gondola up and stay on it for the best seat to view the Canyons fireworks. Shhh don’t tell anyone else about this. It’s my secret.
Wednesday, July 4th
Pancake breakfast at City Park starts at 7:00am. This is a fundraiser and the pancakes are inexpensive and generous. I don’t eat pancakes anymore, so you won’t find me there this yea.
5k Fun Run
You can pregister for the annual Cole Sport 5k Fun Run here [https://www.runnercard.com/roadrace/public/raceGroup/976254] Race registration is $25 for kids and $35 for adults when you pre-register. Online registration will close on July 3rd at 5:00 p.m. Race morning registration will be $30 and $40 and will be from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Be advised, this is not an easy 5k. The course is full of hills and a lot of people run it.
4th of July Parade on Main Street
If you are a friend or client of mine, then you should definitely come to the best party on Main Street starting at 10:00am. That party is at the Summit Sotheby’s office at 625 Main Street. There are refreshments and snacks for all, as well as kid activities. Stop by and say hello! And don’t miss the best small town parade in America. Another tip—Do NOT drive to the parade. Park near one of the Electric Express Bus stops (Kimball Junction, Canyons or Park Avenue in front of Fresh Market). Parking is a hassle and will make you grumpy.
Post-Parade Activities at City Park
It’s just a short walk down the street to City Park where you will find a festival of sorts, with BBQ, family activities and more!
At 3:00pm, you can walk up the hill to Park City Ski Resort base where you will find free music and fireworks at dusk.
Or, if you have never been to a PRCA Rodeo, you can jump in the car and head over to Oakley for the 83rd Annual Rodeo. This is a wonderful family friendly event and I highly recommend it if you have never done it.
Happy 4th of July everyone!