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.

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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?

Davis County Movies in the Park - Summer Date Night Idea

Movies in the park are one of my favorite things about summer. I love bringing treats and settling down on blankets in the park to enjoy a movie with all of my friends and family. I used to go to movie in the park every week before we got married. It's harder to do now that we have kids, and even harder to justify paying a babysitter to stay with them while they're sleeping at home and we're out on a free date. I can't wait for the days when our kids are older and we can keep them up late for movies in the park without the consequences that we'd have doing that now when they are toddlers. Until then, I'm hoping we can catch one or two of these this summer and plan on enjoying outdoor movies in our own backyard.

Outdoor Movies Davis County

Davis County Movies in the Park Locations

Bountiful - South Davis Recreation Center Summer Movies

Concessions will be selling popcorn, nachos and drinks. Event starts at 8:30pm with the movie starting at dusk, around 9:00pm.

Saturday, June 15 - Ralph Breaks the Internet
Saturday, July 6 - Spider-Main Into the Spider-verse
Saturday August 10 - Mary Poppins Returns

Centerville City Movies in the Park

I have a particular fondness for Centerville's movies in the park because they're the ones that I enjoyed so much the summers before I got married. When we went to them, they were on Thursday nights. They are currently hosted on Friday nights at Smith Park (300 N 100 E, Centerville).

Friday, June 14 - Spider-Man Into the Spider-verse
Friday, June 28 - Paddington 2
Friday, July 19 - Ralph Breaks the Internet
Friday, July 26 - Lego Movie 2
Friday, August 2 - Peter Rabbit
Friday, August 9 - Incredibles 2

Farmington Festival Days Family Night in the Park

This year's movie will be held on Monday, July 8th at Forbush Park (100 Main St, Farmington). There will be food trucks at 7pm. They will be showing the movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, starting at dusk.

Kaysville Summer Nights Live

These evenings include food trucks from Kaysville's Food Truck Roundup, extended splash pad hours, open mic nights and movies in the park starting at dusk. Summer Nights Live are held at Heritage Park (250 N Fairfield Road, Kaysville)

Saturday, June 15 - Spider-Man Into the Spider-verse
Saturday, July 20 - Ralph Breaks the Internet
Saturday, August 17 - Small Foot

Free Friday Family Film Series from the Davis Arts Council

A popular series held at the Kenley Centennial Ampitheater located in the center of Layton City park (403 N Wasatch Drive, Layton).

Friday, June 14 - 101 Dalmations
Friday, June 21 - Over the Hedge
Friday, June 28 - The Goofy Movie
Friday, July 5 - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Friday, July 12 - The Greatest Showman
Friday, July 19 - Tangled
Friday, July 26 - Night at the Museum
Friday, August 2 - The Emperor’s New Groove
Friday, August 9 - Matilda
Friday, August 23 - You’ve Got Mail
Friday, August 30 - Guardian’s of the Galaxy

Movies in the Park - Davis County

Which movie will you see first?

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

The Perfect Date for National Fishing Week

National Fishing and Boating Week takes place this week and I thought you might want to plan a date night to celebrate! This post contains everything that you need to know to plan your fishing date(s) or getaway this week.

Location: A pond near you - see list below
Cost: Varies based on fishing license, gear needed, etc.

National fishing week

If I were you, I would go fishing this coming Saturday, June 9th because it is free fishing day in Utah! This means that you can fish on public bodies of water without a fishing license. The cost of your date will go down if you don't need a fishing license.

To fish on any other day of the year, you will need to get a license first. You can purchase your fishing license online. Once you've picked up your license, grab any gear that you need. If you don't own gear, see if anyone in your family or friend group is willing to let you borrow theirs, or go out and invest in some of your own. If you're considering turning fishing into a hobby, even if you only go a few times a year, it might be worth investing in all of the right equipment for yourself.

Bountiful Pond

Now that you're already to go fishing, head to a pond near you. Below is a list of the bodies of water in Davis County where you can go fishing. If there are any missing from the list, feel free to e-mail us and let us know! Click on the links below to find out more about each fishing location (ie directions, size, hours, fish available, and restrictions specific to that body of water).

Fishing at Bountiful Pond

The best places to go fishing in Davis County

Bountiful Pond (Lake) - W 1600 N, Woods Cross

Farmington Pond - 750 N 75 W, Farmington

USU Botanical Gardens aka Kaysville Ponds - 920 S 50 W, Kaysville

Holmes Creek Reservoir - 2692 E Gentile St, Layton

Jensen Nature Park Pond - 3176 S Bluff Rd, Syracuse

Steed Pond - 300 N 1000 W, Clearfield

Maybey Pond - 310 S 500 E, Clearfield

Clinton Pond - 2415 N 3000 W, Clinton

view at Bountiful Pond

Pack a picnic and get ready for hours of relaxation and good conversation while you fish together. This is something that I haven't done since I was a little kid, so it's definitely on our date night to do list for the summer.

ducks at bountiful pond, utah

Click here for more details about National Fishing & Boating Week as well as a few more ideas for how to celebrate.

Photos by Randy Burgoyne

Where is your favorite fishing hole located?

Celebrate National Fishing Week with a fun date activity. Free fishing day in Utah is this weekend. The best fishing holes in Davis County.