Kicking Off Murray Fun Days On July 3
Jun 12, 2015 12:34PM
● By Lewi Lewis
The Utah Pipe band is one of the most popular groups that appear in the Murray parade every year. Photo by Lin Cheon
It’s that time of year when a shadow of patriotic proclivity blankets the majority of cities and residents throughout Utah, and Murray is no exception.
“The Murray Fun Days offers a time when our residents can come together to celebrate the freedoms and liberties we enjoy as citizens of this great nation. It also is a time when the City can express our appreciation to those who truly make up the character of our community,” Mayor Ted Eyre said of the importance of Murray Fun Days
On the night of July 3, Murray Fun Days will get underway at the Murray Park Amphitheater with “America’s Music and Dance: Our Nation’s Gift to the Arts,” a free concert scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., featuring the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra, the JAM Dancers, vocalist and narrator Denny Floor, and much more.
On July 4 there will be a sunrise service at 7 a.m. which includes music by the Murray Concert Band, followed by an address from Major General Brian L. Tarbet.
And then, seemingly everyone’s favorite: the parade. Murray’s Fun Days parade is one of the largest parades in the Salt Lake Valley.
This year’s float and grand marshal will honor the Boys and Girls Club.
Bob Dunn was selected as this year’s grand marshal; he has 40 plus years of service with the youth of Murray.
“My philosophy has always been that only through collaborating with the city, school district, other service and non-profit organizations, business and community leaders can we be successful. Our success is due to the support of these outstanding groups and individuals,” Dunn said.
Following the sunrise service and parade, Fun Days will include a variety of activities during the day, including a community breakfast, 5K and kids race, entertainment, food, rides, games, volleyball tournament and car show. Fun Days will conclude with Dr. Decibel & the Sound Prescription as the evening concert at 8:30 p.m. in the Murray Park softball field.
In order to keep its residents safe, Murray City asks patrons to leave their personal fireworks at home.