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Fourth of July Events in Davis

As part of our year-long Centennial Celebration of the incorpoartion of the City of Davis, this year’s 4th of July event will be expanded to include new activities.

A wide array of family activities is planned for the Davis community on July 4th. Following the day’s events, the community will gather for a free City-coordinated festival in Community Park on 14th and F Street to hear music, have picnics, and to view the fireworks finale. The evening’s exciting musical lineup has been assembled with assistance from the Davis Live Music Collective.

The 9:30 p.m. City-produced fireworks display on July 4th in Community Park is the only safe and legal use of fireworks that is allowed in Davis. For public safety, a City ordinance prohibits the use or discharge of fireworks or any substances designed for pyrotechnic display. The sale of any type of fireworks within the City of Davis boundaries is also prohibited.


City of Davis sponsored Fourth of July activities:

2017 Fourth of July Activities Poster
  • The 36th annual men's slow pitch ASA sanctioned softball tournament at Playfields Park with the championship game at Community Park. Signups are open until Friday June 24. Contact Lori Conrad at: lconrad@cityofdavis.org or (530) 753-7731 for more information.
     
  • Community Park food and drink concessions benefiting Davis nonprofit groups begin at 4:00 p.m. and will be open until 9:30 p.m.
     
  • In partnership with Discovery Christian Church, a free Family Fun Field will be open. With a nod to 100 years ago, potato sack races, whip cream pie eating contests, old fashioned fair style games, a photo booth, and more will be available.
     
  • The City of Davis Fire Department's 1928 Model A fire truck will be on display and available for photo opportunities.
     
  • The Davis Enterprise will be handing out free commemorative centennial edition magazines, celebrating Davis.
     
  • Free entertainment at the Community Park main stage:
    The lineup includes:
    5:00 - 5:30 p.m. - Element Brass Band
    6:00 - 7:15 p.m. - Achilles Wheel
    8:00 - 9:30 p.m. - Con Brio
    9:30 p.m. - City of Davis Poet Laureate, Andy Jones, Words from Davis City Council and National Anthem by Arielle Deem
    9:40 p.m. - Fireworks

The City of Davis is grateful to all of the event sponsors for their support.

Major sponsors of the Fourth of July Celebration include:
Nugget
PG&E
Dos Coyotes
Marketplace
2407 Graphics
Discovery Christian Church
West Yost Associates
Richard A. Mandelaris, DMD, Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics
The New Home Company - Cannery

The entertainment is presented in partnership with the Davis Live Music Collective.


Other community events being offered on the July 4th holiday:

Davis Little League Pancake Breakfast
The Davis Little League will be hosting its annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Little League Park at Covell Boulevard and F Street (1600 F Street). Tickets are available at the door and Little Leaguers in uniform will receive free admission. Little League exhibition games will also be held on July 4th at the Davis Little League complex. For the starting times of the T-Ball, Farm, AA, AAA and Majors level exhibition games, visit www.davislittleleague.org

Kiwanis Kiddie Parade
The 57th annual Kiwanis Kiddie Parade will take place on the Fourth of July. This is a fun event for kids and families where creatively decorated bicycles, strollers, wagons, scooters, and walking groups are all invited to participate. The parade begins on C Street between 1st and 2nd Streets and proceeds north to Central Park. Participants should gather at 9:30 a.m. and the parade will start promptly at 10:00 a.m. Pre-registration is not required, just bring the kids down for a fun time. For more information, contact Bill Matthews at 530-574-8094 or visit http://www.davis.kiwanisone.org/

41st Annual Fourth of July Criterium
The Davis Bike Club's annual Fourth of July Criterium will feature a day full of bike racing action on the classic L-shaped downtown loop. The first race, Junior girls and boys (9-14 years old), will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the last Elite 3 race will start at 5:35 p.m. In between are races for pros, amateurs, masters and elite men and women. A special free non-competitive fun ride for kids will start at 12:40 p.m. Race day registration opens at 6:30 a.m. and will be located on 3rd Street and F Street behind the Start/Finish stage. For more information go to www.davisbikeclub.org

Kids Fun Ride
Bicycle riders 9 years old and younger can stay in downtown Davis after the Kiwanis Kiddie Parade and ride in the free non-competitive “Kid's Fun Ride” produced by the Davis Bike Club as part of the July 4th Criterium. This ride begins at 12:40 p.m. at the start/finish line used by the adult racers on F Street at 3rd Street. Participants must register and parents will need to sign waiver forms on 3rd Street near the start/finish line at least 30 minutes prior to the Fun Ride start. All participants in the Kid's Fun Ride will receive a free goodie bag from the Davis Bike Club. Riders will be required to wear a helmet when riding their bicycles, tricycles or big wheels. For more information go to www.davisbikeclub.org


Fireworks and Dogs

As fireworks can be a cause of anxiety in dogs, and the City of Davis strongly discourages people from bringing dogs to Community Park during the fireworks show, and encourages all residents with dogs to be aware of safety measures that can be taken.

If you live near Community Park, please prepare your pet for the approximately 20 minute fireworks show that will begin around 9:35 p.m.

  • Keep pets indoors
  • Keep doors and windows closed, and close window coverings
  • Turn on the television or play music to mask the sound

If you need additional help comforting your pet during this brief show, please contact your veterinarian. Information from the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at UC Davis on long-term methods to assist dogs with adjusting to fireworks and other loud noises can be found here: http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/vmth/local_resources/pdfs/behavior_pdfs/Fear_of_Fireworks.pdf

Please note that the off leash dog area in Community Park will be closed on the Fourth of July. The dog park area will have additional bike racks for self-serve bike parking. Please remember your locks!


For questions about Fourth of July activities, contact the City of Davis City Manager’s Office at 530-757-5602.