How did Layton residents celebrate Independence Day a century ago, back in 1914?
That year was undoubtedly one of the quietest Fourth of Julys ever in the community.
“Layton has accepted an offer to join Kaysville in celebrating the Fourth, so there will be no doings here on that day,” the Ogden Standard-Examiner reported on July 3, 1914.
Kaysville City had its largest celebration ever on the Fourth of July 100 years ago, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
There was a large brass band, combined from Kaysville and Farmington, as well as singing from a local choir.
After an hour-long musical program, sports events dominated the day. There were two boxing matches, followed by a baseball game between Kaysville and Bountiful.
In addition, the Kaysville celebration included automobile and motorcycle races and a variety of “harness events.”
The celebration closed with a ball in the city’s opera house.
During the previous year, 1913, Layton had hosted Kaysville and West Layton on the Fourth of July.
That celebration, 101 years ago, began with a patriotic program. Henry H. Blood of Kaysville was the principal speaker. (Blood went on to become Utah’s 7th Governor in 1933.)
Walter Evans of Layton delivered an address, followed by Kaysville City Mayor Sumner Gleason.
Then, three baseball games dominated the festivities.
That year, Syracuse and Bountiful were the only two other cities in Davis County to hold Independence Day celebrations.