On July 4, crowds showed up in force at a shorter parade route in Tooele City and then at the Grantsville parade for old-fashioned hometown celebrations of freedom and rural life.
Interspersed throughout the parades were patriotic themes and symbols of Americana, including horses, local police carrying flags, ponies pulling buggies, high school bands, skateboarders in knit flag costumes, baseball coaches in tutus, newly-crowned city and county royalty and tractors pulling sheep camps.
Captain America made an appearance in Tooele City’s parade and a pony pulled Uncle Sam in a small cart in Grantsville. The horses were groomed and some even glittered.
But perhaps the focal point of all the day’s activities was the children — the majority of whom were dressed in stars and stripes as they gathered handfuls of taffy and otter pops. The kids greeted, waved and swayed to the music of passing bands, floats and other groups.
Though the daytime high was hot topping 100 degrees, families persisted to the last and helped Tooele County celebrate the nations’s 241st birthday.