The Sugar House 4th of July fireworks show has been a tradition in our community for decades. Each year it is estimated that the show draws 20,000-30,000 people or more from our community, along with people from nearby cities and counties.
Until 2009, the fireworks were paid for by the city, but Salt Lake City pulled funding from the show in 2009, prompting a push from community members to fund the 2010 show themselves. Scott Workman graciously organized the fireworks show until 2015, when a local community organization stepped up to help produce the show. They ran the show with the help of city, county, local business sponsorships, and community members in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Through generous business sponsorships, grants, some city funds and donations, the fireworks show has been able to continue for several more years. Apollo Burger very generously supported the event as a presenting sponsor for many years, and their commitment to our community has been greatly appreciated. Their gracious donations saved the fireworks show several times through the years.
For nearly 20 years, local business organizations sponsored an Arts Festival on Highland Drive in Sugar House in conjunction with the fireworks show on the July 4th. The festival included local artists, businesses, musicians, and other vendors. The event is also time exhaustive and expensive, and its future for 2018 is unknown at this time.
In the fall of 2017, Sugar House Park, via the media, invited someone else in the community to take over the long-standing fireworks show, but so far, no one has been willing to undertake such a huge event. It is very costly in terms of time and money, and it is hard to stage a huge community event with an all-volunteer staff. A long time tradition in Sugar House looks like it may come to a close this year.
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