While it’s hard to imagine a Salt Lake Independence Day without the usual big-time fireworks shows at Liberty Park and Jordan Park, our good citizens are getting more used to 2020 looking very different than usual. City officials have understandably deemed the usual 4th of July gatherings as a little too close for comfort social-distancing-wise, but there are still a number of ways to celebrate the holiday—and yes, that includes red, white, and blue lights blazing through the sky.
Health officials, of course, recommend following the standard pandemic precautions on the Fourth: avoid large gatherings, practice social distancing, and wear a mask outside the house. But, with a little creativity, there’s still lots of room for fun.
Salt Lake City’s Red, White, and You Contest
If you need to stay home for the holiday, you may as well go nuts decorating it! Salt Lake City officials have announced a “Red, White, and You” contest for homeowners, business owners, and entire neighborhoods to decorate their properties in patriotic style. Sign up via an online form and get to work. On the afternoon of July 4th, judges will make their rounds through the city to check out everyone’s handiwork and winners will be announced. Enter here, and may the best yard win.
Midvale Patriotic Virtual Celebration:
Midvale City Council is set on keeping the holiday spirit alive by virtual means if necessary—and their idea is a great one: they’re accepting video submissions of patriotic music, messages, tributes, poems, and readings. They’ll select the best entries and broadcast them in a digital celebration streamed on the Arts Council’s Facebook page at 7:30pm on the Fourth.
Thanksgiving Point Fireworks Show:
True to tradition, Thanksgiving Point will hold a spectacular fireworks show this year—just without on-premises attendees. Anyone from miles around will be able to see the show from a number of vantage points. If you live in the south end of Salt Lake Valley or in Lehi, American Fork, or thereabouts, you’ll be able to watch the show from home, or from a strategically parked vehicle or picnic blanket. Get details here.
As an alternative to (or in addition to) watching the above fireworks shows from your yard, car, or rooftop, keep in mind: we Salt Lakers are incredibly lucky to have naturally spectacular mountain trails, rivers, and lakes all around us. You can keep social distancing in mind and pick a trailhead or destination that’s a little more off the beaten path. The best-known trails in the Cottonwood Canyons and Millcreek Canyon will surely be abuzz with activity over the holiday weekend, which makes this holiday the perfect time to explore somewhere new that might be a little quieter.
So head down to a local outdoor shop like Kirkham’s, Wasatch Touring, Wasatch Powder House, or the Gear Room and pick up a guidebook or map. Shop employees just might be willing to share a tip or two about their favorite quiet corners of the Wasatch and Uinta ranges if you ask nicely.
From all of us at Visit Salt Lake, have a happy and festive Fourth! Creative celebration is the name of the game in 2020, and we have no doubt our city will do it right.