DRAPER, Utah (News4Utah) – The city of Draper was founded in 1854 and named after presiding Mormon leader William Draper the third. Now 164 years later, residents celebrate the cities heritage with Draper Days.
The Alta High Band from neighboring Sandy filled the air with music. Longtime resident James Emanuel Scott remembers when this was a much smaller parade organized by local wards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The parade used to be held on the 24th instead of the 14th and it was not near as large of a parade.
Policemen ride their motorcycles in formation and floats roll majestically northward up Fort Street while the kids clamor for candy.
Jenn Barnes, Draper resident says “We enjoy seeing people that we know already, lots of people we are associated with and live by are in the parade and always a good turnout, lots of candy for the little kids, just it makes you feel like you live in a great place.”
Draper Days events include rodeos, movie nights, free concerts, parades and firework shows all scattered throughout the month of July.