By Jim Stanford on July 2, 2013
A year after being canceled due to drought, the traditional Fourth of July fireworks will explode over Snow King on Thursday. The town council approved a permit for the event last night. A staffed fire truck will be on hand for safety.
Near-record temperatures in the last week, following a dry spring, sparked fears that the event could be canceled again.
A huge day of festivities is planned for the base of the Town Hill, including a free concert by Celtic rockers Young Dubliners and the bluegrass band Old Crow Medicine Show. A performance by the Grand Teton Music Festival orchestra at Walk Festival Hall will be shown on a Jumbotron between bands.
The Jackson Hole Jaycees, which puts on the fireworks, graciously agreed to move the launch site farther up the hill to make more room for spectators and the concert. More than 10,000 people are expected.
The ball field will be the primary concert venue. Adjacent Phil Baux Park and the grassy base area of Snow King, above the parking lot, will be open to spectators who wish to see the fireworks but not take part in the music. Snow King Center will be open for bathrooms. Spectators may not bring their own beer into the concert, but alcohol is permitted in Baux Park.
The music lineup starts with Thomas Sneed and Ben Winship at 2 p.m. and One Ton Pig at 3. Young Dubs, a perennial favorite, takes the stage at 4:15. The music festival broadcast begins at 6, Parker Millsap performs at 7:30, and high-octane pickers Old Crow Medicine Show start at 8:15. Fireworks will cap the festivities at about 10 p.m.
In lieu of rockets, Mother Nature provided the fireworks last year. Aside from organized shows, fireworks are prohibited in Teton County. Prudence is warranted; one year the show set a small grass fire on Snow King.