Kaysville July 4th Parade

Kaysville July 4th Parade family

Many family members were at the parade

Almost all family members were together for the Kaysville July 4th Parade. The parade entries do not seem to change much from year to year but we enjoy them just the same. The temperature cooled a little for the parade as clouds moved over Davis County. Here are a few photographs I took of the participants. Click on the images to enlarge.

See you at the fireworks tonight!

Kaysville July 4th Parade standard bearers

The standard bearers lead the parade

Kaysville July 4th Parade Davis High School Marching Band

Davis High School Marching Band seems to get larger every year

War Veterans

Kaysville July 4th Parade Desert Storm Veterans

Desert Storm Veterans

Kaysville July 4th Parade Korean War Veterans

Korean War Veterans

Kaysville July 4th Parade Air Force Veterans

Air Force Veterans

Essential Services

Kaysville July 4th Parade Davis County Sheriff

Davis County Sheriff Deputy providing high profile patrol, targeted patrol and crime detection

Kaysville July 4th Parade Davis County Sheriff DARE

Davis County Sheriff D.A.R.E. equips school children with knowledge and consequences of drug abuse, and skills for resisting peer pressure

Kaysville July 4th Parade Utah Highway Patrol

In 1933 the State Road Police Patrol was redesignated as the Utah Highway Patrol

Kaysville July 4th Parade fire engine

Engine 61 has an 8 man cab and a 750 gallon tank and can pump 2000 gallons of water per minute

Kaysville City Mayor

Kaysville July 4th Parade Mayor Steve Hiatt

Kaysville City Mayor Steve Hiatt distributes candy

Kaysville July 4th Parade handcart

Handcarts were used from 1856 until 1860 and today represent the faithfulness and sacrifice of the pioneer generation

Kaysville July 4th Parade eagle

Davis Hospital Eagle

Kaysville July 4th Parade car

An old Ford in excellent condition

Kaysville July 4th Parade horses

You can't have a parade without horses

Kaysville July 4th Parade Jill in Canada T-shirt

Lady, you are three days late for your parade


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Days of ’47 Float Preview

Days of 47 Float Preview

On Tuesday I went with family to the Days of ‘47 Float Preview Party at the South Towne Expo Center. You could meet the creators and technicians behind the 2010 Days of ‘47 Parade floats and see how it all comes together. There was voting for your favorite float to win the “People’s Choice” or the “Children’s Choice” award. Also enjoy bands, clowns, and entertainment.

Admission was free, and I saw 33 of the 34 floats that will be featured in the parade. I managed to take a few photographs of the stake floats. Click the images to enlarge.

Days of 47 Float Preview

Riverton Copperview Stake

Days of 47 Float Preview

Nauvoo Temple

Days of 47 Float Preview

West Bountiful Utah Stake

Days of 47 Float Preview

Murray Utah Parkway Stake

Days of 47 Float Preview

Days of 47 Float Preview

Winder West Stake

Days of 47 Float Preview

Days of 47 Float Preview

Cannon Stake

Days of 47 Float Preview

South Jordan River Ridge Stake

Days of 47 Float Preview

Midvale Utah Union Fort Stake

Days of 47 Float Preview

West Jordan Westland Stake

Days of 47 Float Preview

Salt Lake Wasatch Stake

Days of 47 Float Preview

Alta View Stake

Days of 47 Float Preview

West Jordan Oquirrh Stake


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Kaysville and Fruit Heights Independence Day Parade

A few photographs from the Kaysville and Fruit Heights Independence Day Parade. Click on the images to enlarge.

Kaysville Independence Day Parade

Command Chief Ogden Air Logistic Center Chief Master Sgt. David Nordel

Command Chief Ogden Air Logistic Center Chief Master Sgt. David Nordel

Kaysville Independence Day Parade

Bryson and Sarah watch the parade

Bryson and Sarah watch the parade

Rachel and Jake

Rachel and Jake

Steve Hiatt, Kaysville City Mayor, throws candy

Steve Hiatt, Kaysville City Mayor, throws candy

Fruit Heights City Mayor, Todd Stevenson

Fruit Heights City Mayor, Todd Stevenson


Kaysville Independence Day Parade
Kaysville Independence Day Parade
Kaysville Independence Day Parade
Kaysville Independence Day Parade
Kaysville Independence Day Parade
Bryson watches the parade

Bryson watches the parade


Kaysville Independence Day Parade
Helicopter Candy Drop

There was a helicopter candy drop immediately following the parade


Near the end of the parade the water fight began

Near the end of the parade the water fight began


Kaysville Independence Day Water Fight
Kaysville Independence Day Water Fight
Kaysville Independence Day Water Fight
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West Bountiful City Independence Day Parade

To preserve posts from a blog I closed down I have ported them to Rickety. So please enjoy a 4th July parade in January.

US and Utah Flags

Displaying the U.S. and Utah flags at the West Bountiful City Independence Parade

Last year I went with family to watch the West Bountiful City Independence Parade. The theme was Our Heritage Past and Present. There were 60 entries but it didn’t take very long for the parade to pass by. It was cold enough in the shade that my wife and brother-in-law moved out of the shade and into the sun. Last year I posted photographs but this year I will show you a sampling of the parade in video. The nine videos run an average of 12 seconds each.

Kaysville Independence Day Parade

Yesterday we watched the Kaysville / Fruit Heights Independence Day Parade. The weather was perfect, so cool. There were ominous dark clouds overhead but they didn’t rain on our parade. Just before the parade started four F-16s from Hill Air Force Base flew low overhead to loud applause from the large crowd.

Three of my children, Sarah, Paul, and Jake, were in the Davis High marching band when they attended high school. Also my niece Shauna and son-in-law Derek.

If you didn’t see the parade here are a few photographs of what we experienced.


Davis County Sheriff Officer

Davis County Sheriff Officer.

A Picture of the Past wagon

A Picture of the Past wagon. This is my favorite of the parade.

Family at the parade

Front: Adelaide, Steven, Paul, Shauna. Middle: Cheryl, Ashton, Susan, Kent. Rear: Melissa, Aurora, Jill, Connie, Mark.

Jill and Aurora

Jill and Aurora.

Help Rescue America Declaration

Help Rescue America Declaration of Liberty.

LDS Business College float

LDS Business College float.


Davis County Sheriff’s Posse Queen and First Princess.

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Brigham City Peach Days

Peach Days banner.
Jill, Sarah, and I traveled to Brigham City yesterday for Peach Days. We were joined by Kent, Susan, Connie, Mark, Byron, and Robert. Peach days takes place the weekend after Labor day weekend. Much of the main street in the city is closed off to cars, and the festival is celebrated by a parade, a car show, a carnival, and other activities including the famous “Scuba Burger” which many Peach Day goers enjoy. In the parade were rickety fire engines no longer in service, clowns, horse and carriages, bands, floats, beauty queens, Star Wars characters, bandits, old cars, farm equipment, unicyclers, and even pioneers pulling a handcart. I was having difficult with the sun shining into my camera so I crossed the street and put it behind me. During the parade some bandits fired their guns astride their horses which made a baby in the crowd cry. The parade lasted two hours, which is the longest parade I have ever watched.

A local plumber advertises his skills.

Cherry Days Royalty.

After the parade we went to the vendor area on 2nd West and bought lunch. We sat under the shade on some chairs provided by Mark’s dad and ate our food. We walked around all the booths but didn’t buy anything. There sure were a lot of people, in places it was hard to get around. Some mothers had strollers as big as eighteen wheelers which in places slowed foot traffic to a crawl. These stroller owners will have to be wary of the UTA that will want a stroller congestion tax. I came across a tank that you could go inside. The Army was out in force and a tank or howitzer or whatever it was is a good draw to help with recruitment.

I was requested in the comments a few days ago to give out more of my opinion so I will comply. What did I think of Peach Days? The main attraction for me is the parade. Recently several parades I have attended have not had very many floats which to me is the heart of a parade. Peach Days was the same, not very many floats. It takes a lot of time and effort to put one together so that is not surprising. I know when my sons helped to build a mammoth they spent a great deal of time in the construction. I believe I contributed some spare wood for the frame — it takes a mammoth amount of wood to build a hairy elephant. The parade was too long — two hours — and people were leaving before the end. I like the marching bands and any floats. Also any military hardware and anything with horses.

The rest of Peach Days I don’t care for. There is nothing in the booths I am interested in except the food. It is just glorified shopping. It was enjoyable to see others having fun so it is worth the trip for that. The young people were especially enjoying the carnival. It was great to be out in the sunshine with my family.

Peach Days Carnival

Peach Days Carnival


Rick by the tank

Rick by the tank


Jill enjoys her food in the shade

Jill enjoys her food in the shade


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Bountiful Handcart Days

Bountiful Handcart Days 2008
July 24th is Pioneer Day in Utah and a state holiday but for me it is work as usual. Yesterday I was musing about what to post for the 24th when my wife Jill asked me if I wanted to go to the Bountiful Parade. I said, “sure!” There is one thing about blogging and that is it gets you out of the house.

There were a lot of marching bands in the parade and of course the biggest and best is the Davis High School Band led by instructor Mr. Hendricks. There were the usual cars and even though some were old there were none that were rickety. The governor and his wife were in the parade as well as Rob Bishop in a car that could barely hold him. Byron, my nephew, was playing his trumpet on the Jazz Band float, watch out below for the handsome chap with red hair. There were the beauty queens and horse drawn carriages which looked like they got around fifteen miles per hay bale. Emergency vehicles were bountiful in the parade which had me thinking who was going to respond to an actually emergency? No worries about that as most of Bountiful was at the parade anyway.

Bountiful Handcart Days start at 6pm on the 23rd July. It is quite lengthy at over a hundred entries. The parade route was packed and we had to take the sunny side of the road. I wanted to stay with my family so I was taking pictures into the sun. That seemed to interfere a little with the focusing of the camera. However, I was able to get some shade with the beach umbrella the Wards had erected. That is me in the photograph.

Rick in parade shade

Rick in parade shade


I am going to let the photographs speak for themselves. First up are the family that save us a place, bring water, and always manage to find some high quality shade. And don’t forget to save me a place at the next parade!

Wards at the parade

There were many floats, led by the sheriff and the National Guard, and followed with the martial arts. Click on the photographs below for a larger image.

Utah Highway Patrol

Utah Highway Patrol

Katie Angerbauer, Miss Davis County

Katie Angerbauer, Miss Davis County

Byron, my nephew, plays jazz on the trumpet

Byron, my nephew, plays jazz on the trumpet

Family History float

Family History float

Handcart Days has to have at least one handcart

Handcart Days has to have at least one handcart

KSL TV float

KSL TV float

Wagon float converts to space shuttle

Wagon float converts to space shuttle

Sarah says: People! Just what is all the fuss about?

Sarah says: People! Just what is all the fuss about?


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Related Websites

Handcart Days Channel — See the video of the 2008 and 2009 parades.
2010 Handcart Days Website — Events, media, volunteers, sponsors, and blog.
2010 Handcart Days on Facebook — Become a fan.

Kaysville 4th July Parade

The flags lead the parade

A blanket and chairs were left overnight on the parade route to save our place. Jill and I put up the canopy in the morning before the parade. Left to right, back to front are Mark, Connie, Sarah, Susan, Rick, Jill, Shauna, Byron, Daniel, and Paul.

Left to right, back to front are Mark, Connie, Sarah, Susan, Rick, Jill, Shawna, Byron, Daniel, and Paul

The day was hot but cooled down as the sky became overcast. We could have fared well without the canopy. Here are some photographs from the parade. One of the floats won a prize which wasn’t too difficult as there were only two in the whole parade.

Davis High School marching Band

Armored car leads the veterans

There seems to be at least one rickety old car in every parade. Some of these cars look in very fine shape for their age.

There is always at least one rickety old car in the parade

Juggling while riding a unicycle

The water fight takes place at the end of the parade. The water trucks follow at the same route and give a lot of people a good soaking. Of course many residents come with their own water weapons ready for a fight.

Trucks warm up for the coming water fight

Water trucks hose off pedestrians from city streets

After the parade we all went back to my house for a well-deserved bar-b-q. Tonight are the fireworks and we already have our favorite spot staked out. See you there!

West Bountiful Parade

It is time for the 4th July parades to begin. Today at 9am found Jill, Sarah, and I at West Bountiful.
The National Guard carried the flag

Kent and Susan had saved seats for us. From left to right in the photograph below are Rick (me), Kent, Jill, Sarah, Shauna, Mark, Connie, and Susan. Shauna had brought candy just in case we didn’t like the parade offerings. There was also water but it wasn’t needed as I think we had the coolest spot on the parade route.

The coolest people in town

The National Guard carried the flag followed by Mayor James Behunin on a horse. Val Verda Stake, where Jill and I used to live, had a pioneer themed float. There were the usual bands, fire engines, and old cars. There were even Star Wars characters entertaining the crowd. With fifty entries the parade was over in less than an hour which is about the right amount of time for me.

Mayor James Behunin of West Bountiful

The Val Verda Stake

Sarah (left) and Shauna flying the flag