Independence Day celebrations returning to CentervilleMay 20, 2021 11:48AM ● By Tom Haraldsen
CENTERVILLE—After a summer when most community celebrations fell by the COVID-19 wayside, some traditions are returning in modified form.
Centerville residents will get to enjoy several Fourth of July activities this summer under new formats, with changes due to safety concerns and to meet Davis County Health Department guidelines as the pandemic winds down.
Officials have announced that the city will limit activities to Saturday, July 3, beginning with the 5K Freedom Run. Although the traditional breakfast and Main Street parade will not occur, a children’s parade will take place along a new route starting at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meetinghouse at 1461 North Main, Centerville. To allow for more distancing, organizers have moved the Kids’ Corner activities, vendor booths, an outdoor concert and fireworks to the Community Park (1350 North 400 West, Centerville). Locally known as the baseball park or “dinosaur” park, the new location allows for the addition of food trucks throughout the day and mobile archery and laser tag provided by Centerville-based Epic Party Events. Public access to more parking and viewing space for the fireworks at dusk that night will be a welcome change.
In a news release, officials said special guests Eclipse 6 will headline the concert, with other stage performances expected throughout the day. An art and quilt show exhibition will take place at the Latter-day Saint meetinghouse cultural hall (1298 North 400 West) across the street from Community Park.
According to Committee Chair Kimberly Curnow, fireworks enthusiast Don Christensen will combine his expertise with the city’s resources to produce an unprecedented Fourth of July fireworks show to celebrate the patriotic holiday.
“This year, I’ll be putting all of my efforts into the Fourth of July celebration and will not be hosting the traditional 24th of July fireworks show,” Christensen said in a release.
When details and event entry information become available, the events committee and city will publish them on Facebook (Centerville City, Utah), Twitter (@centervilleut), Instagram (@centervilleutah) and the city website (www.centervilleutah.gov) and newsletter.