The lack of rain may be wreaking havoc on people's summer plans in firework-restricted areas, but there certainly is not a lack of city fireworks events, with many towns in Davis County celebrating Independence Day and Pioneer Day with large displays.
While the summer skies come alive with fireworks, the month of July will be filled with activities for residents to enjoy including breakfasts, 5K runs, parades, concerts, and carnivals.
New this year is an unprecedented entry in Bountiful City's Handcart Day parade on Friday, July 20. More than 2,000 young men from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah will be dressed in costumes, telling the story of 2,000 young stripling warriors described in the Book of Mormon.
The entry has been in the planning stages for 10 years and organizers say an entry of that magnitude will probably never happen again.
Here is a list of events in several cities:
On Friday, July 20, the Handcart Days celebration will begin at noon, at the Bountiful City Park at 400 North 200 West, with games, rides, food, and entertainment. The city's parade will start at 6 p.m. and run up Main Street starting at 1500 South and ending at Bountiful City Park.
The park will continue with activities on Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk that evening at Mueller Park Junior High, located at 955 Mueller Park Road.
Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, with a children's parade, starting at 160 South and 200 East, traveling along 200 East to 100 North, turning west on 100 East and ending at Founders Park at 300 North 100 East.
Entertainment at the park after the parade will include the comedy magician Al Lampkin, followed by a free concert featuring the Salamanders. Fireworks will be shown at 10 p.m.
On Wednesday, July 4, breakfast will be served at Founders Park from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., with a freedom run scheduled at 7 a.m. beginning east of the city offices at 350 North 100 East. The children's races begin at 7:45 a.m. The parade will begin at 9 a.m. running on Main Street from Chase Lane to Pages Lane. After the parade, the park will host a carnival with bounce toys, climbing walls, art show, games, and food.
The city begins its celebration on Tuesday, July 3, with a free showing of "Dolphin Tale" at Fisher Park, 934 S. 1000 E., beginning at dusk. The city's 5K run and 2-mile walk begins at 7 a.m. at the Clearfield city building at 55 S. State Street with a Boy Scout pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Kent's Market parking lot at 580 S. State Street.
At 9:30 a.m., the parade starts at the intersection of Center Street and proceeds south on State Street, turning east onto SR 193, then ending on 1000 East by Clearfield High School. Food vendors, games, and inflatable toys will be set up at 934 South 1000 East at 6 p.m. followed with a concert at 8:30 p.m. featuring the group, "Outrageous."
Fireworks will be at 10 p.m.
On Wednesday, July 4, Kaysville and Fruit Heights will host a breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Davis Applied Technology College at 550 East 300 South. The 5K and 10K runs with the 5K walk will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Davis High School stadium. The parade begins at 11 a.m. starting from the DATC and turning north on Main Street.
The family festival with food and booths is from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., at the DATC. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. at Davis High School.
The city begins its Liberty Days celebration with a fun walk at 7:15 a.m. and a fun run at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Layton Commons Park, at 437 N. Wasatch Drive.
The parade begins at 10:30 a.m., from the intersection of Fairfield and Gentile Street, turning north on Fort Lane to Layton Commons Park. Carnival, concessions, and entertainment will be held for the rest of the afternoon with a concert at the Ed Kenley Amphitheater at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks at 10 p.m. at the park.
North Salt Lake
The city hosts its events at 7 p.m. Monday, July 2, at Eaglewood Golf Course, located at 1110 East Eaglewood Drive, with a car show and trial motorcycle demonstration. On Tuesday, July 3, the golf course will play host to booths, live music, food, and activities with a fireworks show at dusk.
On Tuesday, July 3, the city begins its festivities at 7 p.m. at West Bountiful Park at 1600 North 550 West, with food, music, and bouncy toys and a fireworks show at 10 p.m. On Wednesday, July 4, a parade begins at 10:30 a.m., starting at 400 North and 800 West, turning east on Pages Lane. There will be activities, food, and a safety fair following the parade at West Bountiful Park.
On Wednesday, July 4, the city's events begin with breakfast, from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Loy Blake Park at 550 North 3500 West. The parade begins at 8:30 a.m., starting at 2300 West and 550 North, south to 300 North, then west to 3500 West ending at Loy Blake Park. Games and activities will be held at the park throughout the day, with a free dinner for residents at 6 p.m. with music from the band "Contagious." Fireworks will be shown at dusk.