It’s red, white and blue time for Davis!

By From page A1 | July 01, 2012

Heather Martin waves an American flag while Riley pedals his tricycle in the 2011 July 4 Kiwanis Children's Parade. The fun returns Wednesday as children up through sixth grade compete for awards for displaying creativity and enthusiasm in representing the Independence Day theme in six categories: wagons, bicycles, scooters, strollers, walkers and groups. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise file photo

With so many activities packed into the city of Davis’ Fourth of July celebration, residents will look forward to sitting back and watching the fireworks Wednesday evening.

“This is going to be a very exciting year,” said Carrie Dyer, a city of Davis community services supervisor. “The city is working with the Davis Live Music Collective to arrange a great lineup of music and entertainment, including a 90-minute set by Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones, who will kick-start the fireworks show by singing his famous ‘Fourth of July’ song.

“I always look forward to seeing the Davis community come together in celebration,” she added.

Festivities kick off bright and early as cyclists take to the downtown streets for the 36th annual Fourth of July Criterium at 7:30 a.m. The Davis Bike Club hosts the daylong event that features races for kids, non-competitive people and pros. (For more information, see Pages A12-13.)

The women’s Elite 5 kicks off the day with a 30-minute race. The “race” with the greatest amount of smiles will be the kids’ non-competitive fun ride at 11:30 a.m. The serious riders take the course at 3:05 as the Pro 1/2/3 Women race, followed by the Pro 1/2 Men.

Watching cyclists pedal around town can work up an appetite and the Davis Little League pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St., will help take the edge off the hunger for $5. Little Leaguers in uniform eat free.

Speaking of Little League, Davis National and American squads will square off beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Davis Little League Complex. Tee-ball teams take the fields for the first games, followed by Farm and AA at 9 a.m. At 11 a.m., AAA and Majors are center stage, with a second group of Farm and AA at 11:30 a.m.

For those residents who don’t want to spend time at the local diamonds, they can catch the Kiwanis Kiddie Parade on C Street between First and Second streets at 10 a.m. This Independence Day event has become a tradition for many Davis families.

Kids up through sixth grade are invited to enter in one of six categories: wagons, bicycles, scooters, strollers, walkers and groups. Members of the Kiwanis Club of Davis, the Davis High School Key Club and the UC Davis Circle K Club will judge the hundreds of entries and select the winners — children who have best displayed creativity and enthusiasm in representing the Independence Day theme.

The parade also will feature the Davis High School Pep Band, the city of Davis antique fire engine and the nation’s colors, carried by local Boy Scout troops.

The parade route is relatively short, in deference to the young age of the participants, who will gather at 9:15 a.m. on C Street between First and Second streets, where the judging takes place.

At 10 a.m., the parade will head north on C Street to Central Park. Awards will be presented in the park. For more information, call Jerry Hallee at (530) 756-4884 or Stella Dinger at (530) 750-0528.

The one thing that will be missing from Central Park on the Fourth is the Davis Farmers Market. But the market will be open as usual on Saturday in Central Park, along C Street. In addition, the Sutter Davis Hospital Farmers Market will be closed Thursday, reopening on July 12.

The Davis Schools Foundation wraps up its spring campaign with a booth in Community Park. DSF will host an information and donation collection table starting at 11 a.m. in the vendor area near the solar panels. At 5 p.m., the foundation also will have a table set up near the stage where donations may be made.

So far, DSF has raised more than $200,000 toward its initial campaign goal of $500,000. All funds raised by Wednesday will be used immediately for the upcoming 2012-13 school year for elementary instructional aides, junior high vice principals and high school counselors.

Tax-deductible donations also may be made online at www.davisschoolsfoundation.org or by mail to the Davis Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 1154, Davis, CA 95617.

If residents gets too warm on the Fourth, they can head over to Arroyo or Manor pools to cool off from 1 to 5 p.m.

Regular recreational swim admission or a season pass still gets people in the door. Otherwise, admission is $3.75 for adults, $3.25 for ages 5-17, $3 for ages 2-4 and free for tots under 2.

Arroyo Pool is in Arroyo Park, 2000 Shasta Drive, West Davis; Manor Pool is in Slide Hill Park, 1525 Tulip Lane, East Davis. Community Pool will not be open this year.

For those who are looking to stay cool and hydrated, the Davis Food Co-op once again is sponsoring a water truck in Community Park where visitors may refill their own bottles for free.

“Please bring reusable water bottles to enjoy fresh, cold water,” Dyer said.

If you’re hungry or thirsty, Community Park is the place to be from 3 to 9:30 p.m.

“Once again, nonprofit organizations will be heading up the food booths,” Dyer said. “While there are fewer vendors then in years past, there are still many delicious choices of food.

“There will be the regular Fourth of July favorites — hot dogs, pizza, nachos, cotton candy, popcorn, candy and beer. Additionally, lumpia, grilled corn and smoothies will also be available.”

The stage features a little bit for everyone thanks to the Davis Music Collective. The local junior high trio Crow Canyon kicks things off at 5:30 p.m., followed by 12 Miles Blues at 6:15 p.m., Davis Wakamatsu Taiko Dan at 7:15 p.m. and Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones from 8 to 9:25 p.m.

Alvin, formerly with The Blasters, returns to Davis after a 30-year forced absence. In 1982, a civic ban was placed on Alvin’s band after a riot broke out following a over-sold gig at the UC Davis Coffeehouse, according a report. In April 2011, Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza formally absolved Alvin and provided a way for him to return to Davis.

Skydivers from SkyDance SkyDiving will entertain the crowd with their precision landings in the park at about 7 p.m.

“It is always a highlight of the evening when the final jumper comes down from the sky waving the American flag,” Dyer said.

The most anticipated 10 minutes of the day start at 9:25 p.m. as Krovoza takes the stage and delivers a brief statement. He will be followed by soprano Carla Penner Attallah, who will sing the national anthem at 9:27 p.m.

Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones will return to the stage at 9:30 to sing the “Fourth of July” song, which will be accompanied by an aerial fireworks display.

Sponsors for this year’s fireworks include the city of Davis, Dos Coyotes and The Marketplace shopping center, PG&E, Whole Foods, Carbahal & Company, Nugget Market, Target, Travis Credit Union, Wiscombe’s Funeral Home, Yolo Federal Credit Union and the city’s Program, Administrative & Support Employees Association.

The Davis Fire Department reminds community members that “safe and sane” fireworks are not permitted in the city of Davis and the immediate surrounding unincorporated areas.

Check it out

7-11 a.m.: Little League pancake breakfast, Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St.

7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.: Fourth of July Criterium bike races, downtown

8:30-11:30 a.m.: Little League games, Davis Little League Complex, F Street and Covell Boulevard

10 a.m.: Kiwanis Kiddie Parade, C Street between First and Second streets

1-5 p.m.: Arroyo (2000 Shasta Drive) and Manor (1525 Tulip Lane) pools are open. Note: Community Pool is NOT open

3-9:30 pm.: Food booths open in Community Park

5:30-6 p.m.: Music by Crow Canyon, Community Park

6:15-7:15 p.m.: Music by 12 Miles Blues, Community Park

7-7:15 p.m.: Skydivers, Community Park

7:15-8 p.m.: Performance by Davis Wakamatsu Taiko Dan, Community Park

8-9:25 p.m.: Music by Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones, Community Park

9:25-9:27 p.m.: Mayor’s speech, Community Park

9:27-9:30 p.m.: National anthem by Carla Penner Attallah, Community Park

9:30-9:35 p.m.: “Fourth of July” song by Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones, Community Park

9:30 p.m.: Aerial fireworks, Community Park

Kim Orendor

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