4th of July Celebration and Fireworks in Davis CA

by | May 24, 2024 | Community

Do you enjoy fireworks on the Fourth of July? Well, nothing beats a warm summer night with live music, food, drink, and a fantastic fireworks show right in the heart of Davis, CA. The Fourth of July celebration at Community Park is truly a fantastic tradition. People from throughout Yolo County come to Davis to enjoy fireworks and the festivities.

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4th of July Events in Davis

The 4th of July Celebration in Davis is chock full of events all day long. Plenty of things to do to keep the family entertained. Plus, if you are hosting an event at your home, you can take a break and head to the event location to participate in the festivities.

Community Park Celebration

The focal point for the 4th of July celebration in Davis is Community Park. Here you will find plenty of things to do before the fantastic pyrotechnics show in the sky.

Community Park

For 2024, the schedule will likely be very similar to previous years. The exact schedule is still in development. Will keep you posted.

Fourth of July Criterium for 2024

The Davis 4th of July Criterium is returning for 2024. The announcement for the Helen Pool 4th of July Criterium was made in June 2024 and recently updated on June 15, 2024.

For 2024, the Davis 4th of July Criterium is presenting a new course route. Previously, the race track was a circular(ish) route. This year, the track layout is a “figure-eight.” This style of layout is a huge plus for spectators and will definitely provide plenty of photo opportunities for those who find a spot at the cross-over. This layout better balances the number of right turns and left turns; as opposed to a circular or “L-shaped” track.

Cyclists can visit BikeReg.com to register for the Helen Pool 4th of July Criterium.

Racing for the 4th of July Criterium begins at 8 a.m. Racing and medals continue throughout the day and wraps-up around 6:00 p.m.

Special Event – Fundraisers

This year’s event includes a special programming between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.

  • Kids Race
  • Vintage Bike Race

These races are a fundraiser for Julina (Juny) Gow-Smith, a UCD student and member of the UCD Cycling team who was injured on a bike ride in early 2024. Proceeds from these special events will go towards her recovery.

Honoring Helen Pool

The 4th of July Criterium for 2024 is being held in honor of Helen Pool and her lifelong commitment to the support of bicycling. Helen was the owner of B&L Bike shop in Davis, CA and Foy’s Bike Shop in Woodland, CA.


Kiwanis Kiddie Parade


The 4th of July celebration in Davis, CA starts early with the Kiwanis Kiddie Parade in Downtown Davis. This is a fantastic community tradition organized by the Kiwanis Club of Davis since 1960.

Children and families are invited to bring creatively decorated bicycles, strollers, wagons and scooters and roll or walk in this festive holiday tradition.

The community is encouraged to participate in what is likely the shortest parade in Davis. Only two blocks in length, the parade is on C Street at 2nd Street and heads north to Central Park.

Participants gather between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on C Street between 1st and 2nd Street. The parade will step-off promptly at 10:00 a.m. and head to Central Park for some fun activities.


Due to the changes to the 4th of July Criterium racing route, the time of the Kiwanis Kiddie Parade has changed. According to the City of Davis website, participants are asked to arrive downtown at 11:30 a.m. and begin gathering on the smaller loop of the Davis Criterium racing route at 12:00 p.m. with the parade at 12:10 p.m. However, the Kiwanis’ website has earlier information with the parade starting at an earlier time

No registration is required for this traditionally Davis event. Bring your family and your best 4th of July decorations.

Kiwanis Kiddie Parade Map

Here is a direct link to the map.

Kiwanis Kiddie Parade Photos

Food and Drink: A Community Fundraiser

These are great fundraisers for our local organizations.

Snacks and treats will be available for purchase in Community Park from a variety of local non-profit organizations. The City of Davis 4th of July Celebration is a great venue for seeing our local community groups in action and learning more about the services these groups provide in our community.

Be sure to stop by and support these fantastic groups during the 4th of July celebration.

Note: Vendors information is coming soon.

Fun Zone

Once again, the Discovery Christian Church will be hosting the Fun Zone and the City of Davis 4th of July Celebration at Community Park. 

The Fun Zone will be open from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with plenty of entertainment for the whole family.

The location is likely to be on the grass area to the west of the bike path in Community Park. 

Live Music

Live music to keep the masses entertained will be available starting at 6:30 p.m. all the way up to the fireworks show. Coordinated by the Davis Live Music Collective, this free public concert brings a variety of regional bands to the stage. The diverse selection of music makes the Davis 4th of July Celebration the perfect place to learn about and enjoy the regional music scene.

The live music lineup for the 2024 Davis 4th of July is:

Learn more about the 4th of July music lineup at the Davis Live Music Collective


Coffis Brothers

Headliner: The Coffis Brothers performing live at the City of Davis 4th of July Celebration (2022).

Fireworks Show

The Fourth of July Celebration in Davis ends with a 15-minute fireworks display. I would say that the show lasts a bit longer than 15 minutes. But, when you are watching a fireworks show of this caliber, you have a tendency to lose track of time. Regardless, this is one FANTASTIC fireworks display. It is something you will be talking about for days to come.

Remember, this display 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.

The Only Show in Town

The Fourth of July fireworks show in Davis is a must see event…and you don’t want to miss it. If you do miss it, you won’t be able to see any fireworks in our fair burg unless it is on the Fourth of July.

That is correct. No firework shows in Davis, CA unless it is on the Fourth of July.

During a January 2023 City Council meeting, the Council banned all firework shows in Davis, except for the show on the Fourth of July.

You can read the details in the Davis Enterprise.

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Where can I watch fireworks in Davis CA?

The best spot in Davis to watch the fireworks is at Community Park. The large fields right next to the fireworks launching area is perfect for viewing the fireworks almost right overhead. In addition to the explosions overhead, music can be heard; a nice accompaniment to our Country’s birthday celebration.

Right next to Community Park is North Davis Elementary School. This is another great spot to watch the fireworks. Only a couple hundred yards further away, families can gather and watch the show and participate in the festivities.

Another great location in Davis is the Greenbelt just north of Davis Senior High School. Many families prefer this location to watch the show as it is a little bit quieter than watching the show from Community Park, lighter crowds, and easier parking. In the years that I have been attending the fireworks show, I like to find a nice spot in the Greenbelt.

If you are lucky enough to live near Community Park, your backyard or front yard could be the best place to watch the “rocket’s red glare.”

Are fireworks illegal in Davis CA?

Davis Municipal Code prohibits the use of fireworks within the City limits. The Municipal Code is as follows:

13.02.010 Fireworks — Defined.

The term “fireworks” as used in this chapter shall be held to mean firecrackers, rockets, torpedoes, roman candles, toy pistols, toy cannons, detonating canes, blank cartridges, sparklers, squibs and other devices designed and intended for pyrotechnic display. (Ord. 2303 § 2, 2007)

So if you plan on heading to Woodland or Sacramento to pick up some “safe and sane” fireworks and bring them to Davis, it is probably not a good idea to do so.

Here is the full code related to fireworks in Davis, CA.


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

City of Davis website

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