Thundering mortar shells and fiery rockets will light up the skies above Sugarhouse Park on the Fourth of July.

Sponsored by the Deseret News in cooperation with the Salt Lake City Parks and Rec-reation Department, the fireworks will signal the start of other city-sponsored pyrotechnics at 9:45 p.m. at Raging Waters and Riverside Park.Traditionally, the Deseret News has sponsored the major Independence Day fireworks at either Derks Field or the University of Utah's 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 lunch, come to the park in the late afternoon or early evening, grab a small plot of lawn or a picnic table, enjoy bluegrass music, watch skydivers and finish off the evening watching a sky filled with fireworks.

Kicking off the events at 8:15 p.m. after an afternoon of relaxation and picnicking will be skydivers who have become a popular attraction at the annual newspaper-sponsored event. After they land, music by the Rick Martinez bluegrass band will entertain until the fireworks show.

Everyone is guaranteed a "good seat" this year - either on the lawn with a blanket or on comfortable lawn chairs. There will be no "gates" to lock out those arriving late as in the past.

In addition to parking in Sugarhouse Park, additional parking will be available at Highland High School to the east or Simpson Avenue shopping center on the west.