Sure, you could celebrate Independence Day in a big stadium; such events have their undeniable appeal. Then again, there’s also a certain charm to thinking about the origins of our country by returning to a small-town kinda feel.
Tonight, Salt Lake City’s west side hosts the kind of gathering that might take you back to … well, if not 1776, maybe at least 1976. Jordan Park becomes the venue for games for kids of all ages: a cakewalk, a watermelon-eating contest (seedless, one would hope) and plenty of other wholesome entertainment. As evening sets in, the DJ dance party begins, all leading up to a big fireworks-fueled grand finale. Bring your chairs or your blankets, and practice your best “ooohs” and “aaaaahs.” The founding fathers (and mothers) would have wanted it that way.
Salt Lake City’s “An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July” @ Jordan Park, 900 W. 1000 South, Saturday, July 4, 5–10 p.m. SLCityEvents.com/July4th.html