Happy Fourth of July everyone! We celebrated the holiday in Park City, Utah with our family. Lucky for us, Park City has the largest July Fourth celebration in the state. We swam, hiked, white water rafted and watched the historic parade on Main Street. We highly recommend visiting Park City not only during ski season, but also during the gorgeous summer.
Everyone recognizes Park City as a world-class ski destination. But did you know the city comes alive with outdoor activities in the summer? Summer lasts longer with beautiful weather well into October. As an added bonus, summer hotel prices are significantly lower than winter rates and Park City is a short 40 minute drive from the Salt Lake City International airport.
We stayed in a beautiful three bedroom condominium at the Silver Baron Lodge, which is conveniently located near the base of Deer Valley Resort. Our rustic condo featured a full kitchen, spacious dining and living room areas, multiple fireplaces and a private jacuzzi. The staff here is AMAZING, and the Silver Baron also offers complementary shuttle service to dining and nightlife on Main Street. After settling into our accommodations, we jumped into the pool. Dylan and Keira loved the slide (and to be honest, so did we).
Park City has many ways to enjoy the outdoors: hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, rafting and adventure parks. Canyons Resort, Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort offer miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking. You can also enjoy the gorgeous mountain views by riding one of the gondolas or chair lifts. Canyons and Park City Resorts offer ziplines, an alpine coaster, fishing, and horseback riding. We had a blast at Park City Mountain. Dylan slid down the alpine slide, rode the rollercoaster, played mini-golf, bounced on the trampoline, rock-climbed and zip-lined. Keira, who is two and half, was a bit young for most of the activities, but she loved riding the alpine slide and jumping on the trampoline.
We also went white water rafting in the Weber River with All Seasons Adventures. We rafted class III and IV rapids in Costa Rica and Panama, but this was still fun since Dylan was able to participate. This river featured class II rapids and is safe for children above four. Dylan loved it, and the views were beautiful. Our older sister and brother-in-law also enjoyed fly fishing and mountain biking.
The Fourth of July in Park City centers around Main Street and City Park. An Air Force flyover kicks off the parade at 11:00 AM and features over 70 floats and live music performed by Mariachi Zavala, the Salt Lake Scots Pipe Band, the Salt Lake Saints and the Park City High School Marching Band. Dylan and Keira had a great time watching the parade and waving their American flags. After the parade, we walked to City Park where the kiddos had their faces painted. City Park also offers a playground, bounce house, and other children’s games and activities.
For dinner, we prepared some USA inspired tacos. We love placing a twinspirational spin on traditional items! We shaped our taco filling into an American Flag. We prepared the ground meat, and placed it into a rectangular serving dish. We then used shredded cheese and cherry tomatoes to make the stripes. Lastly we used the meat/black beans to make the stars. For dessert, we served American cookies, watermelon and mixed berries.
- Lunch at Royal Street Cafe. You must try the kale and quinoa salad and blueberry mojitos. You can play bean bag toss while waiting for your table.
- Brunch at Stein Eriksen Lodge. Massive, diverse brunch which included quinoa and beet salads, fruit and cheese platters, sushi, made to order omelettes and waffles. The kids loved the food, especially the desserts. If dining outside you can take in the beautiful mountain views.
- Dinner at Grappa, Chimayo and Riverhorse. Most restaurants in Park City are kid friendly.
- Dinner at No Name Saloon. You must try one of the buffalo burgers. Everyone in your party must be 21, even just for dinner.
- Deer Valley Grocery Cafe is convenient for quick bites. The tandoori chicken curry wrap is amazing. If you are looking for a full grocery store, check Whole Foods and The Market.
We had a blast in Park City. Here are the video highlights of our amazing holiday week!
“Where liberty dwells, there is my country.” — Benjamin Franklin
Wow, there’s so much to do in Park City! I had no idea!
I have never been there but Park City sounds like a wonderful place to visit. The adults and the kids will definitely enjoy with those good and fun activities.
Park City is just perfect if the family wants adventure. There are plenty of activities to try. The whole family for sure will enjoy this.
Haven’t been in the area but hopefully soon. I will take note of these and refer to it in the future if we have the chance. BTW, you pictures are so adorable. Seeing you guys smile makes me smile too lol
Looks like you had a blast and loving the way you post your pictures in the post. Very creative.
It looks like you had an incredible time with family. Park City seems like a wonderful place to go with friends and family, with so much fun and adventure.
Utah looks like a lovely place to visit. I have a friend who lives there. I should check on her.
Sounds like a great celebration! I love your photos, looks so beautiful.
Mm kale and quinoa salad and blueberry mojitos sound like my kinda lunch!! What a fun place!
what a great time you’ve had! I love all the family fun and the holiday cheers on everyone’s faces! Thanks for sharing your adventures!
Park city sounds like a great place to visit. So many great places to eat too!
I love the way you structured this post and your pictures are lovely! It definitely looks like you all had an amazing time!
What a lovely pictures you got there! I’m sure you had a really great time. I want to try being adventurous next time and just jump away from my fear!
I have never been to Utah, but I have always wanted to visit. It looks so beautiful!
That looked like an action packed trip! There is so much to do there, and the weather looked like it held up too!
I must say the pictures are really wonderful and you seem to have a perfect trip.
This looks like the perfect summer adventure! Definitely can tell this was quality family time spent together! -Sondra Barker @cuisineandtravel.com
Oh my goodness I just want to climb into your pictures and never leave! Thank you so much for sharing such a gorgeous trip with all of us!
The pictures are absolutely awesome. It is pretty obvious you had an awesome time with your trip. I am quite jealous actually.
Great pics..! I love how well you expressed your experience in Utah. Sounds like really nice restaurants you visited..
Wow sure is a lot to do there in the summer. Looks like you and your family had a blast. I especially like the rafting experience.
Those cookies look fantastic! So excited for 4th of july!
Utah is such a wonderful place. Thanks for sharing its beauty. Nice pics of you guys, love it.. ?