KAYSVILLE, Utah — After planning a controversial concert in Kaysville earlier this year and getting shut down by the city council, Utah Business Revival is planning another event in Kaysville for the 4th of July weekend.
This time the event is going to be on a much smaller scale than a concert and is described as an event to bring people together and celebrate the holiday.
Utah Business Revival wants to bring a water fight to Kaysville.
"The city council, they threatened to turn the sprinklers on our group at Collin Raye after the mayor invited us to come," said Eric Moutsos, founder of Utah Business Revival. "So we’re excited to go back to Byrnes Park to have a freedom water fight for the fourth of July."
This comes after the organization was stopped from hosting a Collin Raye concert by the Kaysville City Council earlier this year, an event the council said could spread the coronavirus throughout the community.
"We believed the concert was going to bring thousands of people to our community and potentially subject some people to COVID-19," said Shayne Scott, the Kaysville City Manager. "We believe this is a much scaled down version of that event."
This event will be much smaller and one the city welcomes this holiday weekend.
"There’s gonna be a lot of parties going on on the fourth of July and this is just one of them and they don’t have to have a permit,” said Kaysville Mayor Katie Witt.
Utah Business Revival is also sponsoring another party in Orem.
"I don’t think there’s anything more ironic than being locked in your house on Independence Day," Moutsos said. "And so I believe the most patriotic thing we can do is to get out and celebrate the fourth of July the way it supposed to be."
Scott along with the mayor say they invite everyone to meet peaceably in city parks and encourage everyone attending parties this weekend to remember social distancing and current safety guidelines.
The city of Kaysville also has a lot of other events planned for this weekend including a parade around town with the local fire department.