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?

6 Summer Date Ideas at Station Park

Station Park is one of our favorite places to go for date night all year round. We love the atmosphere and being able to stay in one place for our entire date night. There are lots of great places to eat and play at Station Park, no matter the time of year! This year I want to share ideas for your date nights at Station Park for each of the four seasons. Below you’ll find a few ideas for summer enjoyment at Davis County’s favorite date night destination!

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Summer Date Night Ideas at Farmington Station Park

Breakfast on the patio

Tortilla Union and Twigs both just started serving brunch on the weekends! Their menus look tasty and we can’t wait to try them out! They both have patio dining perfect for enjoying meals on warmer days. You can also stop by Waffled and enjoy one of their stuffed liege breakfast waffles at one of the seating areas near the fountains. There are so many great options, you’ll want to enjoy your breakfast date multiple times this summer!

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Rock the Park concerts

If you like free summer entertainment, you’ll want to stop by Station Park on Thursday nights for their free summer concert series, Rock the Park! You can enjoy a meal at one of their restaurants or bring your own picnic to enjoy on the grass. The concerts take place next to the fountains where there’s a lot of space for sitting and enjoying music on a summer night. Click here for more details about free summer concerts in Davis County, including Rock the Park.

Grab an ice cream cone and wander

Last Course is located east of the movie theater and has a lot of yummy ice cream flavors for you to enjoy! Grab a cone with your favorite flavor and walk around the rest of Station Park while you eat your treat!

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Try a new restaurant

There are a lot of new restaurants opening at Station Park, or recently opened! We have loved trying new food and having more excuses to head to one of our favorite places in Davis County. Check out the dining options on Station Park’s website for notes on which restaurants are new or coming soon in the area, then add them to your list to try on your next date!

Catch a movie on $5 Tuesdays

Cinemark at Station Park is one of our very favorite places to go see a movie. We can grab a meal before the show or a treat after, and they have comfortable recliners to watch the movie from in all of their theaters. There are a lot of great movies coming out this summer, but going to see a show that often can be expensive. All day on Tuesdays, you can purchase movie tickets for just $5 a piece. It’s a great price for a date!

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Dance by the fountains

One of the first summers we went to Station Park, we were there until it closed and noticed a few couples dancing when the fountain show was going and playing music. Be trend setters and start dancing to one of your favorite songs, whether it’s a slow song or one perfect for swing dancing. There is plenty of space in the area surrounding the fountains for dancing, and the later it gets, the less people there will be around.

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Whatever you choose to do for date night this summer, spend some time at Station Park. The outdoor venue is perfect for date night fun and relaxing as a couple any time of year, but summertime is my favorite!

10 Davis County Summer Date Night Ideas

Some days it’s felt like summer would never get here, but it’s here and we couldn’t be more excited for the warm weather! Summer is filled with so many events and opportunities to freshen up your date night routine! If you’re looking for something new to enjoy for date night, this post is just for you! Included are 10 different date night ideas in the area, perfect for those hot summer days or breezy summer nights. We can’t wait to get started on the list ourselves!

Photo by Randy Burgoyne

Photo by Randy Burgoyne

Summer Date Night Ideas in Davis County

Scenic Sunset Hike

We completed this date a couple of weekends ago as part of our anniversary celebration weekend. We took the Wild Rose Trail to one of the scenic overlooks, but there are many trails around Davis County with great views of the sunset at night. Be aware of difficulty and bring a flashlight so you can hike safely back down the trail after the sun has gone done. Be sure to let someone know where you’ll be going and when you plan to be back, then check-in when you complete your hike, to stay safe. Click here for a great map of the trails in Davis County.

Photo by Randy Burgoyne

Photo by Randy Burgoyne

Breakfast Picnic Date

Summer mornings are perfect for a picnic! Grab breakfast from home or a local eatery and take it to your favorite park to enjoy before the temperature gets too high. We love Waffled, Caffe Torino, and Blue Lemon for breakfast. If it’s the weekend, our favorite Tortilla Union and their neighbor, Twigs, are now serving brunch as well. You could eat out on the patio at any of the locations mentioned above as well, for a makeshift picnic experience.

Watch Fireworks

Firework shows are probably my favorite part of the summer and Davis County has plenty of them! Most will happen the week of July 4th, but a few are scattered throughout the month until after Pioneer Day. This post has a list of all of the shows in Davis County and will be updated annually to share details for the current year.

Photo by Randy Burgoyne

Photo by Randy Burgoyne

Get Ice Cream

There’s no better way to cool off during the summer than with a date night to get ice cream! Bountiful finally has a rolled ice cream location on Main Street, Blacksmith Ice Cream Co. If you want something classic, you can grab a concrete or frozen custard from Nielsen’s Frozen Custard in Bountiful or Layton. Last Course has delicious ice cream flavors and you can sample as many of them as you want before you choose one to order! We also love a hot fudge sundae or a simple blizzard from one of the local Dairy Queen locations.

Dinner at a Food Truck Event

I love grabbing dinner at a food truck event because you can try a variety of things, share meals and satisfy both of your cravings without stopping at multiple locations. This post shares all of the best roundups in Davis County and will be updated annually as new regular roundups are added.

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Cuddle Up for Movies in the Park

One of my favorite things to do on a cool summer night is to cuddle up in a pile of blankets and watch movies outside. We do this in our backyard a lot, but I also look forward to local outdoor movie events. Check out this post for all of the events going on this summer around the county! We have our eye on a couple that would be perfect for a date night activity.

Attend an Outdoor Summer Concert

Local talent is highlighted in concerts across the county all summer long. Take a picnic, or grab food at one of the food trucks in attendance and enjoy music accompanied by the sounds of summer around you. Click here for a list of free outdoor concerts in the area this summer.

Photo by Randy Burgoyne

Photo by Randy Burgoyne

Local Summer Festivals

Davis County boasts a lot of fun summer traditions, including but not limited to, city sponsored 4th of July celebrations, Bountiful Handcart Days and Summerfest. Keep an eye on our Upcoming Events page for details on all of the fun festivals going on in the area this summer!

Worth the Trip

Full Moon Lift Ride

Last year we crossed something off my date night bucket list and took a romantic lift ride up the mountain under the light of the full moon. It’s a bit of a drive to Sundance, where this event takes place once a month, but it is definitely worth the trip! Click here for more details from our date last year!

Photo by Randy Burgoyne

Photo by Randy Burgoyne

What are your favorite summer date night activities?