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!

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Bountiful Handcart Days

When: Friday, July 19th and Saturday, July 20th
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 20
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 12-24
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!

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Breakfast at Bowman's

When: Wednesday, July 24th 7-10am
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: Wednesday, July 24th 4-7pm
Where: Layton Commons Park
Cost: Free Admission, Food Tickets $1 each

We went to this event as a family a couple of years ago 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: Wednesday, 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?

The Best Place for a Firework Date Night in Davis County

One of the best things about July, in my opinion, are the firework shows! I love cuddling up under on a blanket, watching the fireworks and listening to music, and then sticking around to stargaze for a while afterward. With two little kids, we won't get to go somewhere to see the fireworks for the next few years, but we are lucky because a private golf course behind our house puts on a show on the 4th of July. We can watch from the comfort of our own backyard while those kids sleep inside.

Where: Locations listed below
Cost: Free

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Check out this post to find out if a festival is involved with the firework show that you are choosing to attend. If it is, you will be able to find food vendors for dinner, snacks and treats to enjoy during the show. If you are choosing to watch the show from another location, pull up Google Maps and see what there is in the area, grab some food to go and enjoy a picnic while you wait for the fireworks to start.

Disclaimer: I do not know where each show is being shot off from. Some of the locations noted below may not be available for viewing because of that location. 

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Saturday June 29

Syracuse Founders Park - Dusk - Syracuse City: If you don't want to join the crowd at Founders Park, consider watching from one of the open fields at Canterbury Park

Wednesday July 3

Centerville Smith Park - 9:45pm - Centerville City: Founders Park is a great place to watch this firework show, with entertainment prefacing the show. You could also watch tailgating style from the parking lot of Walmart Supercenter.

Eaglewood Golf Course - 10pm - North Salt Lake City: The Golf Course offers a lot of space for watching the show. You might also check out Wild Rose Trailhead Park or Deer Hollow Park.

West Bountiful City Park - 10pm - West Bountiful: If you're able to grab some grass on the east side of Frontage Road in Centerville, just across the freeway from the park, you might have a great view and you can grab food or a treat from the restaurants just down the street.

Thursday July 4

Barnes Park - 10pm - Kaysville City: This is a newer location for this firework show and I haven't heard any great suggestions for where to watch the show. There is a lot of space in the park, so you might not have too hard of a time finding a place to watch. There is also an industrial park just north of the park where you might find some space to sit your camping chairs and watch the show.

Oakridge Country Club - 10pm - Farmington: Every year, Oakridge hosts a party for their members that ends with a firework show over the golf course. Only members of the country club can attend, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the show. Heritage Park in Farmington (1591 N 1075 W, Farmington) has a large field area and is a great place to relax and watch the show with your family.

Friday July 19

Mueller Park Jr. High - 10pm - Woods Cross/Bountiful City: There is a lot of open space around the junior high and neighboring park. You could also try to watch the show from Eggett park.

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One of my very favorite things to do is to find an overlook that we can drive to in the mountains and have a view of the entire valley while fireworks are going off. You may not have the very best seats in the house for the big shows, but now that aerial fireworks are allowed, it's fun to watch them popping up across the valley. Click here for more details about a great hike that overlooks the entire valley. Watch the sunset from the viewpoint, then stay for the fireworks!

Most big shows have music being played in the park or area where the fireworks are being shown. If you choose to watch the show from somewhere other than the main show area, bring your own music! Put together a fun playlist or pull up your favorite station on a phone app. Create your own atmosphere for the fireworks and then shift to some more romantic songs while you look at the stars afterward.

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A big thank you to Randy Burgoyne for the use of the photos found in this post. Randy took these pictures during 2016's 4th of July festivities.

Where is your favorite place to watch fireworks in Davis County?

Davis County 4th of July and Other Summer Festivals

One of the best things about summer are the festivals, fireworks and other celebrations! It makes every community feel small town and everyone ends the weekend exhausted, sun-kissed and happy. The only thing that would make the summer better would be if every city would schedule their festivals back to back, rather than on the same weekends, and we could celebrate for three weeks straight. Do you think we could manage to get a three week paid holiday for everyone in Davis County as well??

The festivals in our area start THIS WEEK!!! And I thought you might like to know when the parades are running, where the festivals and food are located and all of the best places to watch fireworks. If you plan your activities accordingly, you could hit multiple parades, participate in a few different festivals, and sneak kisses under the best firework shows in town.

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Parades

Saturday June 29

Syracuse - 9am

Tuesday July 4

West Point - 8:30am - Begins at the LDS Stake Cinter (2300 W 550 N), moves south to 300 N and west to 3650 W and concludes just before West Point Elementary at 3650 W.

Centerville - 9am - Runs on Centerville Main Street. Begins at Pages Lane and ends at 1400 North.

Clearfield - 9:30am - State Street

Layton - 10am

West Bountiful - 10:30am - Begins at 400 N & 800 W, north to Pages Ln, east to 600 W, north to north end of West Bountiful City park. Free activities at the city park to follow.

Kaysville - 10:30am - Begins at 500 E to Main Street to 100 North to 100 East.

Saturday July 13

Farmington - Begins at 500 N & Main, ends at 200 S & 200 W

Clinton - 9am - Park Plaza to Civic Center Park

Friday July 19

Bountiful - 6pm - Bountiful Main Street

Saturday August 3

South Weber - 11am - Parade runs on South Weber Dr from 2100 E to 1200 E.

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Fireworks

Saturday June 29

Syracuse Founders Park - Dusk - Syracuse

Tuesday July 3

Centerville Smith Park - 9:45pm - Centerville

Eaglewood Golf Course - 10pm - North Salt Lake (Starts with a festival at 5pm)

West Bountiful City Park - 10pm - West Bountiful

Tuesday July 4

Barnes Park - 10pm - Kaysville

Layton Commons Park - 10pm - Layton

Fisher Park - 10pm - Clearfield

Loy Blake Park - 10pm - West Point - Stick around for a movie after the firework show

Saturday July 13

Forbush Park - 10pm - Farmington

Civic Center Park - 10pm - Clinton

Friday July 20

Mueller Park Jr. High - 10pm - Woods Cross/Bountiful

Saturday August 4

Central Park - 10pm - South Weber

**Check out this post for some of the best locations to watch each of these firework shows**

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Festivals

Saturday June 29

Syracuse - Founders Park - 11am-10pm - Vendor booths, entertainment, carnival, Syracuse Got Talent, Concert

North Salt Lake - Eaglewood Golf Course - 7pm - Food, Music, Games

Wednesday July 3

Centerville - Smith Park - 5pm - food booths, games, Children's inflatables, climbing wall, entertainment, concert.

West Bountiful - City Park - 6pm - Safety Fair, Music and Endless Summer Band Concert w/ Food Vendors

Clearfield - Clearfield Aquatic - 7:30pm - Pool Party

Kaysville - Main Street (Center to 100 N) - 9pm-12pm - Climbing wall, dance, food and other activities

Thursday July 4

West Point - Loy Blake Park - 6am-dusk - Flag raising ceremony, community breakfast, horse shoe tournament, BINGO, kids corner, baseball, picnic

Centerville - Smith Park - 9:45am-2pm - food booths, games, Children's inflatables, and climbing wall.

West Bountiful - City Park - 11:30am-2:30pm - Free activities: games, inflatables, food eating contests, face painting, balloon art, talent fair, food vendors.

Layton - Layton Commons Park - 12pm - Concesions, vendor booths and entertainment

Clearfield - Fisher Park - 4pm-10pm - Entertainment, vendors, treats and beverages.

Wednesday July 10

Clinton - Civic Center Park - 4pm-11pm - Carnival

Thursday July 11

Clinton - Civic Center Park - 4pm-11pm - Carnival

Friday July 12

Clinton - Civic Center Park - 6:30am-Dusk - Golf tournament, chalk art festival, carnival, car show, entertainment, movie after dark.

Saturday July 13

Clinton - Civic Center Park - 7am-10pm - Race, community breakfast, chalk art festival, carnival, entertainment.

Farmington - Forbush Park - 12pm-10pm - Festival booths (FREE ICE CREAM AT 6PM)

Friday July 19

Bountiful - City Park - 12pm-9:30pm - Handcart Days - Games, Rides, Food, Entertainment, Mountain Man Exhibit, Pioneer Games and Dance

Saturday July 220

Bountiful - City Park - 9am-5pm - Handcart Days - Games, Rides, Food, Entertainment, Mountain Man Exhibit, Pioneer Games and Dance

Saturday August 3

South Weber - Details to come. See link below.

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Click the links below for detailed schedules of the celebrations that each city has planned.

North Salt Lake: July 2-3 Eaglewood Car Show and NSL Liberty Fest Fireworks

West Bountiful: July 3-4

Woods Cross: July 20-21

Bountiful: July 20-21

Centerville: July 3-4

Farmington: July 8-13

Fruit Heights: July 1-4

Kaysville: July 1-4

Layton - July 4

Syracuse: June 24-30

Clearfield: July 2-4

West Point: July 4

Clinton: July 10-13

South Weber: August 3-10

Which of the local 4th of July celebrations do you plan on attending?

Where to Celebrate International Sushi Day in Davis County

International Sushi Day is this coming Tuesday June 18th and I wanted to give you enough notice that you could celebrate with a date night over the weekend if you want. Like most random holidays, there is a real purpose behind . The purpose of this holiday is to raise awareness about the truths and fiction surrounding sushi.

Location: Restaurants around Davis County
Cost: Varies - see price range by restaurant below

Confession: I've never been a huge sushi fan, but the truth is, I've only tasted it once and it was years ago. I made it a goal to try it again last year and couldn't do it. So if you have suggestions for what type of sushi we should try first, please send them my way!

International Sushi Day

Where to Find Good Sushi in Davis County

Mikkado - Bountiful (255 N 500 W) - $8-$15 per roll: 16 different sushi roll options as well as a variety of Tepanyaki options for those non-sushi eaters in your group. For a special occasion, try the 5 Course Dinner for Two ($68)

Fuji Sushi - Centerville (330 N Marketplace Dr) - $3.50-$14.50 per roll: Dine in or pickup. Fuji Sushi is an Asian restaurant known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and use of high quality fresh ingredients.

Sushi Monster - Farmington (935 W 100 N) - $11-$30: No menus are provided online for this restaurant, so I'm going to have to go here in person. The reviews and posts on social media mention great deals on sushi rolls and delicious food.

Davis County Sushi locations

Tony's Grill and Sushi Bar - Layton (22 N Main Street) - $4.50-$11 per roll: A wide variety of sushi and endless sushi rolls.

Osaka Sushi and Isakaya - Layton (918 Heritage Park Blvd) - $4.00-$15 per roll: So many different options for sushi and Japanese cuisine. Check out their menu on Facebook to see what all they have to offer.

Sushi Ya - Clearfield (1246 Legend Hills Dr) - $4.50-$13 per roll: All you can eat for $14.95 per person, select from sushi sections A&B.

The best sushi in Davis County, UT

At Home - Smith's Near You - Smith's has a sushi-to-go counter in their stores that I've heard is pretty good. If you have had experience with their sushi before, please leave your thoughts in the comments below for others to refer to.

'Where do you like to go for sushi in Davis County?

The best places to get sushi in Davis County, UT

National Donut Day - Where to go in Davis County

One of the best days of the year happens the first Friday in June every single year. It's National Donut Day!!! National Donut/Doughnut Day started during WWI. Each year, we celebrate the Salvation Army Doughnut Lassies who served doughnuts to soldiers who were stationed in France. The first official "doughnut day" celebrated those Doughnut Lassies and helped to raise money for struggling families during the Great Depression. Now we use it as an excuse to eat a delicious pastry, but it's fun to know the history behind these random holidays and put some more meaning to them.

National Donut Day

When: Friday, June 7th
Location: 
A bakery near you (see suggestions below)
Cost: Donuts cost anywhere from $0.50 to $1 a piece. So depending on the number of donuts you want to eat.....

If you're planning on celebrating donut day, I would suggest ordering your donuts ahead of time or stopping by first thing in the morning. In years past, we haven't made it to a bakery before evening hits and by then, they're usually out. Who wouldn't want to celebrate National Donut Day? Any excuse to indulge in one of my favorite treats!

Davis County Donuts

Where to find the best donuts in Davis County

Parsons' Bakery (535 W 2600 S, Bountiful) - I haven't had one of their donuts in a while because we don't live right down the street like we used to, but their donuts are some of my favorites. "Parsons' Bakery creates family traditions for each generation." 

Dick's Market (2280 S Orchard Dr, Bountiful and 84 West Parrish Lane, Centerville) - This has always been my go to location for donuts. A few years ago, Dick's Market merged with the local Fresh Markets. As a result, the bakeries changed a bit. The Bountiful location has the best donuts now, in my opinion. 

where to find donuts in davis county

Madbrook Donut Company (Station Park Mall by Fountain Square, Farmington and 540 E 1700 S, Clearfield) - Home of the triangle donut. I'd be tempted to grab one of their large, Texas sized donuts to share, just the two of us.

Caffe Torino - (58 N Main Street, Farmington) - They aren't necessarily known for donuts, but I tried the cronut a few weeks ago and it was delicious! I got a chocolate flavored one, but they also come in raspberry or maple. Each cronut is filled with custard and is as delicious of a pastry as you'd expect.

Bowman's Market (326 Main Street, Kaysville) - After a lot of suggestions from our neighbors last year, we finally tried Bowman's Donuts and they did not disappoint. They're our go to location for Saturday morning donut runs now. We love that they have mini glazed donuts that are the perfect size for our kids. I've been told that their donuts go on sale each night, so if there is anything left, you could grab one as part of your date night.

Davis County National Donut Day

Sweet Cakes Bake Shop (237 W 200 N, Kaysville) - This was suggested to us as a great location for gluten free desserts and donuts. Donuts are not on their online menu however, so you may want to call before stopping in.

Donut Kabobs (Various - Food Truck) We had the opportunity to try Donut Kabobs at a local festival one summer and they were delicious. Check their social media for information about where they'll be each night. 

National Donut Day

Tasty's (612 N Main St, Kaysville) - This is one place that we've never been but that comes highly recommended by a few neighbors. I did see that they have one of my favorites, chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and coconut flakes, YUM!

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (968 North Main Street, Layton) - Everyone gets a free doughnut in celebration of the holiday! Stop by and grab yours before they run out.

Dunkin' Donuts (512 W Antelope Dr, Layton) - This is one of my favorite stops for breakfast, and their hot chocolate is delicious. With the purchase of any beverage, you can get a free donut!

the best donuts in Davis County

If you aren't able to make donuts part of your date night activities Friday, June 1st, find time to stop and grab your donuts sometime during the day. At the end of the night or after the kids are in bed, sit down together and enjoy your pastries!

Where will you be stopping for your donut? What flavor of donut do you always reach for first?

The best places to go in Davis County, UT if you want to celebrate National Donut Day