Salt Lake City's most popular 4th of July fireworks show will go on, at least for one more year. Residents and business owners in the city's Sugar House neighborhood have raised the $55,000 necessary to save the fireworks show at Sugar House Park from budget cuts. Fireworks will light up the sky above Sugar House Park Saturday, July 3, beginning at about 10 p.m.
The effort to save the fireworks was spearheaded by Sugar House resident and businessman Scott Workman after the Sugar House Park Authority decided to use the funds it receives from Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County to improve park facilities rather than fund the neighborhood's traditional 4th of July celebration.
The $55,000 raised so far by the "Save the Sugar House Fireworks" organization will pay for the 30-minute fireworks show that has traditionally been one of the best in the city, but Workman and fellow organizers want to raise an additional $20,000 for entertainment and to set up a non-profit to ensure that the celebration continues in the future.
Supporters can contribute by buying "I Helped Save the Sugar House Fireworks" buttons at Whole Foods, Noodles and Co. or Jamba Juice locations throughout the valley, or contribute directly through the "Save the Sugar House Fireworks" website.
Photo by Wataru Yanagida