The Midway Boosters are holding an Independence Day celebration on July 4, 2020, and everyone is invited! Activities will include a drive-by parade, a radio broadcast, and fireworks originating from Memorial Hill. The City of Midway is encouraging people to watch the fireworks from their vehicles, if possible.
Booster members Randy Bradley and his wife Annie are in charge of the event. They knew they couldn’t have the traditional Midway celebration because of the coronavirus. “We came up with a plan where we wouldn’t have to worry about the COVID restrictions. We just got creative with what we could do to provide safety for all involved,” Mr. Bradley stated.
The drive-by will be like a reverse parade. It will run from 7:00-8:00pm. Selected individuals will be spaced along a 4-block area (between 200 E. and 200 W. on Main Street in Midway), and citizens of the community are invited to show their support by driving by, honking, and decorating their cars if they want. Individuals on the route will include Midway Mayor Celeste Johnson and the City Council, Midway Boosters, Swiss Miss Royalty, Miss Wasatch royalty, The Peak 94.5, and Honored Citizen Kaye Bonner with her brother Larry Bonner.
“Kay Bonner is an icon in the city of Midway,” said Bradley. “This year, when we were throwing out names for honored citizens, her name came up, and it ended all conversation. We were a complete, total, unanimous vote without even any discussion. We feel so lucky to have her here and to honor her.”
At the same time as the drive-by, beginning at 7:00pm, The Peak 94.5 will begin a special patriotic broadcast for listeners. Bob Hendricks will MC, and the broadcast will contain messages from Utah Congressman John Curtis, Midway Mayor Johnson, and Booster President Joe Klotovich. It will also include music by the Midway Swiss Miss and Heber Valley memories from Kaye Bonner.
“At the end of the program, we’re going to ask everyone who’s listening to safely pull over, face Memorial Hill or where they know a flag is at, and sing the national anthem,” said Bradley. He was especially appreciative of the radio station for “graciously offering to prerecord the program and then broadcast it during the same time as the drive-by.”
In addition, the Heber Valley Boy Scout Troop is doing a fundraiser. They will be handing out ice cream and asking for donations through Venmo.
The Midway Boosters would love to have as many people as possible join in the celebration. For more information, go to http://midwayboosters.org/independence-day-celebration.