North Davis County residents might want to mark July 24 on their activity calendar. Although Layton hasn't traditionally done much for Pioneer Day, things will change in 1998.

The city is staging a free, big-time celebration that includes the Riders in the Sky group, as well as the Utah Symphony performing in a joint concert that begins at 8 p.m. in the Ed Kenley Centennial Amphitheater.And there's more. A fireworks display will be held at the end of the concert, about 9:30 p.m.

Also, "Taste of the Top" booths will be set up in the park area east of the Surf 'N' Swim complex from 4 to 7 p.m. Area restaurants will be manning the booths to show off their culinary delights.

Layton city manager Alex Jensen stressed the concert event is free and open to area residents. The City Council has approved spending $4,900 for the fireworks.

The city will also still have its regular July Fourth activities - a parade and fireworks.