When it was announced that the traditional Sugar House Fireworks would be discontinued in 2010 due to lack of funding, Scott Workman, a resident of Sugar House, Utah, contacted the Sugar House Park Authority to see what he could do.
After several meetings, Workman, took on the responsibility of raising funds for the 2010 show.
Through his efforts, he successfully raised enough funds from sponsorships to enable the fireworks show go on. 5 years later, Apollo Burger has saved the 2014 Sugar House Fireworks along with the help of other sponsors; Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County.
The Sugar House Fireworks 2014 is planned for Friday, July 4, at the Sugar House Park and will feature a 30-minute firework show presented by Vortex Fireworks at 10pm. Prior to this display, starting at 12:00 noon, concessions, vendors and Bounce House fun for the kids will be at the park along with necessary police and medical personnel for security and safety assistance.
Why we really must continue to save and keep this celebration alive.
During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4.
Independence Day is a national holiday marked by patriotic displays. Independence Day is not just another federal holiday, but it is an event that stirs us on this day. Time will be spent reflecting upon its relevance to our way of life. It is, as it should be, a celebration of the founding of this Republic, and its independence as a nation. Many Americans will talk with one another or with their children about the impossible dream made true by a handful of remarkable men. Many of our fellow Americans will reflect about the new concept of government they created for us, one based upon the adoption of a Constitution, which established the principles of self-government and the limitations on the powers granted to that government.
What we are celebrating is not just the meaning of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness embodied in the Declaration. Equally as important is the form of government that was established and then enshrined in the Constitution adopted in 1787 as the foundation and source of legal authority for the United States. What was provided to us by the Founders is captured by an exchange between a bystander and Benjamin Franklin. At the end of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia a woman awaiting some announcement of the results that had been produced asked Franklin: “What have we got, a republic or a monarchy” to which he responded, “a republic, if you can keep it.”
My friends, these more important reasons listed above, let us keep this tradition alive so that we may pass on the importance to each generation of our wonderful United States of America, the greatest country in the world, a shining beacon to which many have strived for, sacrificed for, and have given their lives to defend, honor and sustain.