Despite Main Street’s ongoing parade of orange cones and construction equipment, Tooele City is set to celebrate the Fourth with a more traditional ensemble of floats, bands and fireworks.
Though shortened slightly to avoid the construction zone on the north end of town, Tooele City’s Fourth of July parade will otherwise follow its traditional route down Main Street, said Terra Sherwood, assistant director of parks and recreation for Tooele City.
The annual parade will begin on 200 East near the Tooele City Cemetery and then turn west on 200 South toward Main Street. The parade will then progress north on Main Street until it hits Utah Avenue, where the route turns west again to proceed to 200 West and then south to end at the Tooele City Park.
The route traditionally turned west from Main Street at 400 West, but had to be cut slightly short to avoid Utah Department of Transportation’s construction zone.
Rumors have circulated that the road construction caused a cancelation of this year’s parade, but Sherwood said that is not the case. Regardless, Sherwood said the city still answers numerous questions about whether there will be a parade, and entries into the parade itself were down slightly. As of Wednesday, she said she had about 80 entries; normal, she said, would be up around 100.
In addition to the parade, the city will continue with all the usual festivities, including the all-day carnival in the city park and the fireworks display at Tooele High School with a concert by Arrival, an ABBA tribute band.
Sherwood said they were looking for a fun, upbeat band to headline the Independence Day celebration when Arrival was recommended to them.
Tickets to the event, which are available at Maceys for $5 each, are still available, she said.
UDOT workers will take time off for the holiday from July 3-6. Sherwood said UDOT would likely begin excavating south of Utah Avenue after the holiday.
For citizens who plan to leave town to celebrate, the Bureau of Land Management has issued notices to remind campers that fireworks are not permitted on public lands.
In Tooele City, fireworks are banned north of 2200 North on the west side of Main Street, north of 1600 North on the east side of Main Street, south of Skyline Drive and SR-36, west of 1000 West and east of Droubay Road.