North Ogden’s 90th Cherry Days Parade and Festival brings together a community eager to come together as the state celebrates Independence Day.
North Ogden • Hundreds of people lined the streets of North Ogden on Monday morning as part of the 90th edition Cherry Days Party.
Numerous American flags dotting 2600 North could barely be seen as adults and children lined the street, eagerly awaiting the parade of tanks, fire trucks and cars.
The North Ogden Parade was one of many July 4 events along the Wasatch Front and across Utah, with celebrations taking place in Brigham City, Provo, Layton, Salt Lake City, St. George and Kanab , to name a few. (A parade in Kaysville, however, was interrupted when an 8-year-old girl was hit by a vehicle.)
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Amanda Schleininger, a Pleasant View resident who sat under a tree watching the procession from North Ogden with her husband and two children, was delighted to see the hundreds of people in attendance.
She said it was good for the community to come together and celebrate Independence Day after the COVID-19 pandemic made such events rare.
“The best thing for me,” Schleininger said, “is seeing people come out and celebrate our freedoms.”
At the start of the parade, volunteers with the Major Brent Taylor Foundation carried a large American flag.
The group was organized to honor the former mayor of North Ogden who was killed in 2018 while serving in the National Guard in Afghanistan.
Taylor’s widow, Jennie, sat with her children in the bed of a van later in the parade waving to spectators. A few blocks north of the parade route is Ben Lomond Cemetery, where Brent Taylor was buried.
The procession was organized by decades, with floats and cars celebrating former North Ogden mayors from the 1940s and veterans of the world wars. A long procession of jeeps commemorated the birth of the vehicle brand in 1941.
After the parade, much of the crowd marched north to North Ogden Park, where a festival was in full swing. Attractions included a petting zoo, car show, children’s games and live music. Members of the sheriff’s office and fire department also faced off in softball games.
Ogden resident Pauline Fewell said it was her family’s first time attending Cherry Days, after she and her husband moved their family to Utah from Texas in 2020. She said that they loved the parade and welcomed the opportunity to unite as a community.
Fewell’s young daughter, Lilia, was also excited about the parade.
“I saw the princesses,” Lilia said, referring to the featured pageant queens.
Cherry Days events were to continue Monday evening, with a concert in Barker Park and fireworks.