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Fourth of July Events in Davis

A wide array of family activities is planned for the Davis community on July 4th. Throughout the day, a variety of activities are happening for people to participate in and enjoy. 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 by 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:

2019 Fourth of July Poster
  • The 38th Annual Men's Slow Pitch ASA sanctioned softball tournament at Playfields Park with the championship game at Community Park.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Swimsuits & Sparklers - Celebrate the Fourth of July under the fireworks show at Community Pool. Come decked out in red, white and blue for our nation’s birthday. Pool entry includes a Fourth of July treat and “float” row seating for the fireworks. 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. Tickets ($10) for the event can either be purchased in advance through the Parks and Community Services Department or will be available at the pool until event capacity is reached. Onsite tickets will be sold from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on a first come, first served basis. Only cash  payments will be accepted for day of sales.
     
  • Discovery Christian Church is putting on the third annual Family Fun Field – free games and activities for people of all ages! The Family Fun Field opens at 4:00 p.m. and closes to new admissions at 8:00 p.m.
     
  • Central Valley Vintage Base Ball is a local historical organization that plays base ball by its 1864 rules to celebrate the history and culture of the game and the Sacramento region. The Oleta Club of Davisville and the Sacramento Base Ball Club will be facing off to celebrate the 4th of July. All are welcome to join the fun.  The game starts at 4:30 p.m. in Community Park.
     
  • Free entertainment at the Community Park main stage:
    The lineup includes:
    5:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Rock Band University
    6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - T Sisters
    7:30 p.m. - Reading Recognizing Juneteenth by Sandy Holman
    8:00 - 9:30 p.m. - Midnight North
    9:30 p.m. - City of Davis Poet Laureate James Lee Jobe, Words from Mayor Brett Lee and the Davis City Council, and the National Anthem sung by the T Sisters.
    9:35 p.m. - Fireworks

The City of Davis is grateful for the partnership of many local businesses and organizations who help to make this event happen.

  • Dos Coyotes
  • The Marketplace
  • Andrew Dowling, Coldwell Banker Select
  • Davis Live Music Collective
  • Discovery Christian Church
  • West Yost Associates
  • Huku Japanese Bistro
  • The Mustard Seed
  • Davis City Employee's Association
  • Yolo Federal Credit Union

Other community events being offered on the Fourth of July holiday:

Davis Little League Activities
The Davis Little League would like to invite you to a fun day at the ballpark on America’s Birthday. Every year, players who have been nominated by their mangers play in a fun, local, All-Star game against their DLL peers. This is a fun day with nothing on the line but bragging rights, and a chance to take in, or play, one last baseball game this season. The Snack Shack will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. In addition, there will be two food trucks, Smoothie Patrol and Street Cravings, parked behind the Snack Shack for some added breakfast treats. Of course, the Snack Shack will have all the usual ballpark favorites. Visit https://davislittleleague.sportssignup.com/site/ClientSite/article/3350240 for more information.

Kiwanis Kiddie Parade
The 59th 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 williamamatthews@gmail.com or 530-574-8094 or visit http://www.davis.kiwanisone.org

43rd 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 9-12 & 13-14 Male/Female (Cat 4/5), will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the last Elite 3 race will start at 5:30 p.m. In between are races for pros, amateurs, juniors, 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 it will be located at Third 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 Fourth of July 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: Fear of Fireworks> (PDF document opens in a new window).

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 or cmoweb@cityofdavis.org.