Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

December 31, 2020
Utah celebrates 125th anniversary of statehood

New Year’s may be impressive, with the ball dropping, people counting down outloud, and then the simultaneous noise making.

Well, look what Utah has planned for its 125th anniversary — a TV special and simultaneous fireworks in all 29 counties.

“We are not aware of another occasion that this has happened simultaneously,” said officials from the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts.

“Thrive125: A Utah Celebration” will air on Monday, Jan. 4 at 6:30 p.m. on all four Utah network affiliates, with a repeat airing on PBS Utah at 8:30 p.m. 

The special will celebrate the state’s artistic heritage, cultural diversity and scenic wonders. Performances will include musical and dance numbers from notable Utah performers and celebrity guests. 

The 30-minute television special will be followed by live fireworks displays at 7:30 pm in all 29 counties.

“These fireworks celebrate 125 years of Utah excellence, but they are also a promise that the next 125 years will be even better,” said Gov.-elect Spencer J. Cox. “They also provide a wonderful opportunity for everyone to celebrate safely together.”

All of the fireworks shows will be presented in locations that allow for public viewing from cars or with proper social distancing. Large gatherings in confined spaces — such as a stadium — will not be allowed.

The fireworks mark the actual 125th Anniversary of Statehood, but also will launch a series of events that will take place statewide in 2021, according to the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts.

The department hopes that through arts, culture, and history we will find commonality, joy, and a reminder of everything we have achieved as a State over the past 125 years.

Tooele County’s Fireworks show will be at Tooele High School at 300 West Vine Street in Tooele City at 7:30 p.m.

The fireworks will be an exclamation point on a day of celebration and in most counties will last only 3-4 minutes. 

“We encourage people to watch from a distance, in their cars, and in their front and back yards,” said Tooele City Mayor Debbie Winn.  “We don’t want to encourage large crowds to gather.”

Parking will be available in some of the parking lots at Tooele High School or Tooele Junior High School. People will be encouraged to park on the streets in the surrounding area if they are unable to see the fireworks from their own homes.

Tim Gillie

Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Tim has been writing for the Transcript Bulletin since October 2017. In February 2019 he was named as editor. In addition to being editor, Tim continues to write about Tooele County government, education, business, real estate, housing, politics and the state Legislature.A native of Washington state and a graduate of Central Washington University, Tim became a journalist after a 20 year career with the Boy Scouts of America.

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