OGDEN -- Cloudy skies, a little rain and a light breeze helped cool down the 11th annual Hot Rock'n 4th in Ogden to celebrate Independence Day.
At least 550 volunteers from about 27 different area charities and businesses, many of whom wore white T-shirts reading "Home of the free because of the brave," assisted during the event Monday afternoon at Lorin Farr Park.
"I just think it's neat that 550 people gave up their holiday to help with something they believe in," organizer John Gullo said. That commitment is a true example of patriotism.
The volunteers have made the event easier to manage every year.
"It's evolved to the point where the last three years it runs very smoothly," Gullo said.
Through the volunteers' efforts, residents from Ogden and the surrounding areas have an event for every member of the family.
A car show featuring classic and modified cars dominated the east end of the park, while a motorcycle daredevil team jumped their bikes around the stadium every hour on the hour.
Roy resident Josh Morgan attended the event for the first time. He came with his wife and children.
"I've got a bunch of kids," Morgan said, "I want to see the demolition derby, I'm a big fan of that."
Morgan watched the stroller, while his family entertained themselves in various spots across the park.
"It's kind of fun," Morgan said. "My kids are having a good time; each one is in a different spot.
"The kids love it, that's what it is all about, getting them out of the house."
Throughout the park, vendors sold nachos and barbecue. Children shot hoops, strapped themselves into the bungee trampoline or bounced in the jumping castle.
Clowns juggled and families got in line for balloon animals, while being serenaded by the five country and country rock bands that performed at different times on the center stage until midnight.
Event Coordinator Jason Taylor, from Double Play Entertainment, said the bands included three acts from Nashville, including the Bellamy Brothers and Ritchie McDonald, the former frontman of Lonestar.
"It will help us forget that Lonestar blew us off on that other concert," Taylor said.
By the skate park, visitors tried their hand at pickleball.
Ogden Pickleball Association Vice President Judi Morris said it is the organization's first year participating in the event.
"This is so exciting to bring all of these people to Ogden, all of these families," Morris said, "They are having so much fun together."
As the event continued, more people made their way to the park.
Gullo said many came for the Hot Rock'n 4th's main event, the demolition derby.
More than 50 cars from across the West Coast came to Ogden to compete in the largest demolition derby west of the Mississippi River, Gullo's son, Johnny Gullo, said. The younger Gullo is in charge of the motorcycle and demolition derby events during Hot Rockin' 4th.
The drivers compete for a part of the $22,000 in prize money, with $5,000 awarded to the winner.
Johnny said if the driver wins all of the way through, he has has a potential purse of $7,000.
Roy resident Wendy Clark said she was glad to be at the Hot Rock'n 4th, especially to see the demolition derby.
"I've been coming every year for a couple of years," Clark said, "My kids have fun and I love the derby."
Even the threat of more rain did not dampen Clark's fun. In fact, it helped.
"You know, it's a lot better than last year," Clark said, "Last year it was like 105 degrees and I was roasting. It's not going to make me go home."
Along with all of the activities throughout the day, the crowd had a good view of the 20-minute fireworks show celebrating their country's independence.