However, through my job with the newspaper I have had the opportunity to experience things I didn’t while growing up, and it has added a fun new dimension to the holiday.
I was raised in Cedar City, on the east side of town at the base of Cedar Mountain. We would always walk a couple blocks to Main Street and watch the parade in front of Lunt Motor Co., joining my grandpa and many aunts, uncles and cousins. We also would go to the park and enjoy some games, and often pick up food at Brad’s before going home and relaxing until the family barbecue that weekend.
I have learned over the past few years, though, that every community in Iron County has a celebration all its own, and these small-town festivities make holidays even more enjoyable.
The Fourth of July is about celebrating this wonderful nation we are privileged to live in, and it is an opportunity to celebrate with our family, friends and neighbors. We all live here together, and we work together to build our communities. In addition to the nation we live in, we can celebrate our state and cities or towns in a patriotic display of pride.
We can go to the parades or participate in fun runs or town meals. At these events we gain a feeling of camaraderie and build friendships with those we live among in the one-of-a-kind United States of America.
This year I was fortunate to be able to attend festivities in Enoch and Parowan, and swing by Kanarraville for a “Pronto Pup.” These should not be confused with corn dogs, according to residents of the town. The closely-guarded, top-secret recipe for the slightly sweet breading is something many residents would love to get their hands on, and they came to the Cobble Crest this year to buy up every last Pronto Pup on site.
In Enoch, the morning 5K and 10K runs and family walk has continued to grow, and the evening meal was a lot of fun, as city manager Rob Dotson and members of the city council cooked hot dogs for the crowd.
A patriotic parade down Parowan’s Main Street was followed by games and activities in the park to raise funds for the fire department, and the Mother Town Madness 3-on-3 street basketball tournament.
Cedar was busy as well, with its traditional parade and activities in the park, sponsored by the Lions Club.
Brian Head had a full four days of activities, beginning on the 4th, and Paragonah celebrated as well, though our staff didn’t make it to those towns this year. I’m already planning to get a taste of their Independence Day celebrations in 2013.
While Independence Day is over this year, we still have another opportunity to celebrate where we live this month. July 24 is Pioneer Day, when we honor those who settled the great state we live in, and I would encourage everyone to get out and see just what their community, or a nearby community, has to offer.