Fireworks the frosting on the Fourth of July each year - will light up the skies above Sugarhouse Park this year.
Traditionally, the Deseret News has sponsored the major Independence Day pyrotechnics at either Derks Field or the University of Utah Rice Stadium. But the crowds have been so great at both locations that thousands of people have been turned away each year.So this year the fireworks will be fired from the southwest corner of the spacious park at 21st South and 13th East.
Utahns are invited to pack a picnic, come to the park in the late afternoon or early evening, grab a small plot of lawn or picnic table, enjoy bluegrass music, watch sky divers and climax the evening with a sky full of thundering mortar shells and fiery rockets.
Sponsored in cooperation with the Salt Lake City Parks and Recreation Department, the Sugarhouse fireworks will begin at dusk and signal the start of smaller city displays at Raging Waters and Riverside park.
Kicking off the afternoon of relaxation and picnicking will be sky divers who have become a popular attraction of the annual newspaper-sponsored event. After they land, music by the Rick Martinez bluegrass band will provide entertainment until the fireworks.
Everyone is guaranteed a "good seat" this year - either on the lawn with a blanket or on lawn chairs. There will be no gates to lock out those arriving late as in the past.
"We hope to accommodate everyone this year," said one program official. "It has been unfortunate to lock the gates at Derks Field or Rice Stadium when the place has been filled to capacity."
Reservations for park terraces have not been accepted for the Fourth of July; therefore, they will be open to those who prefer picnic tables to a blanket on the lawn.