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4th of July Festivities

Layton’s Liberty Days on July 3 and 5

LAYTON—The city of Layton turned 100 in 2020, but the Centennial Celebration is taking place this year as residents can finally get out once again and enjoy themselves.

Layton’s Liberty Days begins with a Centennial Pool Party on Saturday, July 3, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Layton’s Surf ‘n Swim, 465 N. Wasatch Drive. The event offers discounted admission and will include games, inflatable toys, music, prizes and more. Details can be found at

Then on Monday, July 5, the Liberty Days celebration begins in earnest. Starting at 6:30 a.m. and going until 10 a.m., a breakfast will be served in Layton Commons Park. Registration for the fun run and walk starts at 6:30 a.m, with the walk beginning at 7:15 a.m. and the run at 7:30 a.m.

A flag raising ceremony will be held in the Ed Kenley Amphitheater at 8:30 a.m., and All-Star games begin at 9 a.m. at Ellison Park. City Council members will start their popsicle parade at 10:15 a.m., the same time the kids bike parade begins. And then at 10:30 a.m. the Liberty Days Parade will start in Layton Commons Park. Parade seating is not allowed more than 48 hours in advance of July 5, and any items placed on the lawn prior to July 3 may be removed.

When placing personal items and belongings on the lawn please be aware of the following:

• TARPS ARE NOT ALLOWED – Any tarps placed on the lawn will be removed, as they damage the grass.

• The sprinklers will run during the evenings. Belongings may get wet.

• Blankets, stakes/ropes, chairs, etc. on the lawn may be moved for park maintenance needs.

• Do not use stakes or anchoring systems longer than six inches.

• Layton City is not responsible for unattended items left in the park.

Surf ‘n Swim opens at noon on July 5. From 12:30 to 10 p.m. in the park, there will be vendor booths, concessions, entertainment and a children’s carnival. A free concert in the amphitheater begins at 8 p.m. and the city’s fireworks extravaganza starts at 10 p.m.

Personal fireworks are not allowed in the park, including sparklers, snap-pops, fountains, ground spinners and firecrackers. Go online to for more information.

Fireworks and fun at NSL’s Liberty Fest 

NORTH SALT LAKE—The North Salt Lake Liberty Fest 4th of July celebration is back. After being canceled last year due to the pandemic, the long-standing tradition will return starting July 2 with the Festival of Speed car show from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Eaglewood Golf Course.

“Saturday morning we have a 5K and Liberty Fun Fair which includes a flyover of four F-35s at 9 a.m., volleyball, bounce houses, games and vendors,” said City Manager Ken Leetham. “That is at Legacy Park at 1140 West 1100 North.”

That evening at Eaglewood Golf Course there will be food trucks, inflatables and live music, he said. “We’ll have sky divers, paragliders and a military flyover at 7 p.m. of Apache Helicopters from the Army National Guard followed by fireworks at 10 p.m.”

That area is about 60 acres, Leetham said. “It changes the golf course into a park. The whole community comes out. They’re tossing Frisbees and remote controlled planes are dropping candy. It’s a fun event.”

Join in the fun at Farmington Festival Days

FARMINGTON—Bring the whole family and join in the fun as Farmington celebrates Festival Days July 6 – 10. 

Tuesday July 6 there will be pickleball and baseball tournaments, Wednesday and Thursday pickleball and softball tournaments and Friday a softball tournament. 

Saturday is also packed with activities. The Festival Days parade starts at 10 a.m. at 500 North and Main Street and ends at 200 West in front of the junior high. There’s something for everyone that day with a breakfast, 5K/10K, booths, car show, carnival, food trucks, concert and fireworks show.

For more information and a schedule of events visit

Big doings for the Fourth in Kaysville and Fruit Heights

KAYSVILLE—The actual holiday may be on July 4th, but residents of Kaysville and Fruit Heights will get an early start on things with a Movie in the Park and a city musical on July 2, followed by a breakfast, parade and fireworks on July 3.

It starts with a showing of “The Sandlot” on July 2 at dusk in the Barnes Sportsplex on the Liston football field. Parking is located just off of Sportsplex Drive or you may park in the main lot off of 200 North. There is nearby parking by the pickleball courts or pavilion parking lots. This classic movie, filmed completely in Utah, is a family favorite, and the showing is free. 

Kaysville’s City Musical begins its eight-day run with Rodger and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” The timeless enchantment of the magical fairy tale plays July 2, 5, 6, 7, and 9 at 7:30 p.m., with a special Matinee July 3 at 2:30 p.m. All performances are at Davis High School. Tickets are available online only at Prices are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors/children under 12.

July 3 activities start with a salute ceremony at Davis Technical College at 6:15 a.m., followed by a chuckwagon breakfast from 6:30 to 9:45 a.m. at the college. At 7:30 a.m., the annual Rotary 5k/10k Freedom Fun Run begins at the Davis High football stadium. Registration can be done at

At 10 a.m., Kaysville and Fruit Heights cities present the Main Street Parade, a long-time tradition along its route from 500 East to Main Street, then to 100 North and then to 100 East. There will not be a water section this year due to the drought, but organizers said there will be plenty of candy!

Starting at 7 p.m. and lasting until 10 p.m., food trucks and music will combine for a celebration at Barnes Park, which is where the annual Fireworks spectacular begins at 10 p.m.

The weekend wraps up on Sunday, July 4, with a patriotic devotional at 7 p.m. in the Davis High auditorium. It features Larry Gelwix, “The Winningest Coach in America.” He served as the volunteer head coach of the Highland Rugby team for 36 years. The team’s success and varsity record of 418 wins and just 10 loses, including 20 national championships, caught the attention of Hollywood which produced a major motion picture, “Forever Strong,” which tells the true life story of Coach Gelwix and the Highland team. Gelwix was also the subject of a documentary titled, “Larry Gelwix: No Regrets,” which won an Emmy Award for “Best Documentary” and has aired on national television. Fox News and other national media have labeled Coach Gelwix as the “Winningest Coach in America.”

More details are available online on the city’s website at