The Best Local Celebrations for the 24th of July Holiday

The 24th of July is quickly becoming one of my very favorite holidays. It's fun to celebrate the heritage of our state, and I won't complain about the extra paid holiday at work. If you are looking for something to do this weekend, I know of a few different local celebrations that you won't want to miss! The best part is, none of them really overlap so you could attend them all and make your weekend one big party!

davis county 24th of july celebrations

Bountiful Handcart Days

When: Friday, July 20th and Saturday, July 21st
Where: Bountiful Main Street and Bountiful Park (400 N)
Cost: Free, Some activities and booths cost money

This celebration starts with the Main Street Parade on Friday. Friday evening's activities also include games, food and entertainment at the park, an arts and craft exhibition and one of my favorite firework shows. Continue your celebrate on Saturday with the Handcart Day Races, Bountiful History Tours at the museum and tabernacle, a Chuck Wagon Breakfast and more activities and fun at the park. Click here for all of the details for Handcart Days.

Antelope Island Pioneer Day

When: July 21
Where: Fielding Garr Ranch - Antelope Island
Cost: Free, some events may cost money

Games from 10:00am - 12:00pm and guided tours of the Fielding Garr Ranch from 3-4:00pm.

bountiful handcart days

Days of '47

When: July 13-24
Where: Various locations in Salt Lake City. 
Cost: Free, some events may cost money

This is the biggest celebration in Utah for the weekend. Celebrations include the Days of '47 Rodeo, Deseret News Marathon, Sunrise Service at Temple Square and Days of '47 Parade. Click here for all of the details about this year's Days of '47 celebration.

If saving your seats hours before the event, sitting in the hot sun and fighting the crowds isn't your thing, you can watch the parade from home! I personally think you get the best view on your TV and you get to hear the story behind each of the parade entries and floats. Plus, you can participate in a contest that KSL hosts by watching for the key words to come across your screen. Last year we picked up smoothies in the morning and watched the parade with our son and I think we'll be doing something similar this year. It makes for a fun and lazy morning!

days of '47 celebrations

Breakfast at Bowman's

When: Tuesday, July 24th 4-7pm
Where: Bowman's (326 N Main St, Kaysville)
Cost: $5 - Adults, $3 - 12 and under, $20 per family (up to 6)

A local annual tradition that would be a lot of fun to do as a family! From 7-10am is the annual breakfast. From 10am-2pm is the customer appreciation event which includes free face painting, hot dogs and drinks, cotton candy, cookies and rootbeer floats.

Taste of the Town

When: Tuesday, July 24th 4-7pm
Where: Layton Commons Park
Cost: Free Admission, Food Tickets $1 each

We went to this event as a family last year and had a lot of fun! You have the chance to taste food from some of Davis County's best restaurants and enjoy some entertainment. This year's live entertainment will be provided by Red Shot Pony. For the little ones there will be carnival games hosted by Lagoon, an outdoor Nerf Dart Tag arena provided by Dartside, a Disney Princess meet and mingle, face painting and more. Click here for even more details.

Layton's taste of the town

Electric Light Parade and Party

When: Tuesday, July 24th 9pm-12am
Where: Layton Commons Park
Cost: Free Admission. Food trucks may be an extra cost.

Layton hosts a fun Electric Light Parade each year after Taste of the Town. This is a pedestrian walking parade and everyone is invited to participate. After the parade, meet up in the Party Zone (west entrance to Constitution Circle) for a blacklight party, food trucks and a DJ. Click here for even more details.

Don't forget that there are also great summer concerts and other events going on this weekend. Check out our Upcoming Events page for more details.

What is your favorite thing to do to celebrate Pioneer Day?