Davis County residents have a half-dozen Fourth of July celebrations to choose from this year, spanning the county from north to south. Most of the celebrations share common elements, including parades, entertainment, food and concession booths, with fireworks as the evening's finale.
Celebrations are scheduled in Clearfield, Layton, Centerville and West Bountiful, along with a joint program in Kaysville-Fruit Heights.In Clearfield, a 7 a.m. chuckwagon breakfast in the bowery south of the Clearfield Municipal Building starts off the day's events, organized by the Clearfield Chamber of Commerce.
A parade begins at 10 a.m., moving from Third North down Main Street to Seventh South, then to Fischer Park, adjacent to Clearfield High School, where the rest of the day's events are held.
Those events include continuous entertainment starting at 11:15 a.m., with food and concession booths, games and rides.
Sixteen categories have been established for the annual baby contest, with registration at noon and judging at 1 p.m. Entry is $1 per category, more information is available at 393-0983.
A car crushing demonstration will be held in the high school parking lot at 2 and 4 p.m., with Little League baseball games at 5 and 6:45 p.m.
The day winds up with a finale sky concert and fireworks display in the park beginning at dusk. More information is available from the Clearfield chamber, 825-5893.
Layton's annual Riata Days celebration starts with a 6:30-10 a.m. breakfast in the Layton Commons Park bowery. For the more energetic and less hungry, two Rotary Club fun runs are scheduled, a 5-mile race and 1-mile fun run, starting at 8 a.m.
The parade steps off at 11 a.m., starting at Central Davis Junior High School and running east on Golden Avenue, south on Fort Lane to Wasatch Drive, to Gentile Avenue and east to the disbanding point in the Fort Lane shopping center.
Concession stands for food, games and sales open in Commons Park at noon. A number of All Star baseball games are scheduled through the day at Wendell Snow Park and the Layton High School baseball diamond.
The annual celebration wraps up at dark at the high school football field with a fireworks display.
Kaysville and Fruit Heights are once again joining for an annual event, beginning with a 6-11 a.m. Kaysville Jaycees chuckwagon break-fast on the Davis High School grounds.
The 1 p.m. parade will follow its traditional route through the heart of the city, starting on Main Street and winding to First South, First East, then to First North before turning to Second East and disbanding on the high school campus.
Activities are planned all day at the school, with entertainment from local groups, a band, and 24 concession, food and game booths. An All Star baseball game is set for 2:30 p.m.
A program of music and other entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. at the high school athletic field, followed by "The Liberty," an audio-visual program between 9 and 10 p.m. A 10 p.m. fireworks display winds up the day.
In Centerville, activities start at 6:30 a.m. in Smith Park on Main Street with a chuckwagon breakfast, running through 11 a.m. Two races, a 5K and 10K, begin at 7:15 a.m. followed by three children's races of a quarter-, half-, and one mile at 8 a.m.
The 9 a.m. parade starts at Chase Lane, running south on Main Street to Pages Lane.
At 10 a.m., an exhibit of art, photography, and other items opens in the Centerville Elementary School gym, while in adjacent Smith Park, the carnival gets under way, running through 5 p.m. with entertainment and displays scheduled through the afternoon.
A children's parade will be held at 5 p.m., followed by a family barn dance at 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot at Ninth South and Fourth East.
West Bountiful's celebration begins at 7 a.m. with a flag raising in the city park, followed at 8 a.m. by a chuckwagon breakfast.
The city's parade starts at 10 a.m., at Fourth West, running down Pages Lane to the city park. Activities, ranging from games and food booths to carnival rides and athletic contests, continue in the park through the day.