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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Celebrate Davis! gives local businesses a night to shine

On Thursday night when there’s a rumbling roar, don’t panic – it is the firework show at the end of Celebrate Davis!

In its seventh year, the Davis Chamber of Commerce is putting on a showcase of businesses, city services and more at 4:30 p.m. at Community Park, located at 14th and F Streets.

The fireworks begin at 9 p.m. after a musical line-up.

Davis Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Christi Skibbins said she expects at least 7,000 attendees. This year there will be 115 booths, including 12 food booths, more than any other year.

“It’s a real Davis event to showcase Davis businesses and organizations,” Skibbins said. “If you’re curious about anything, we have a lot of things going on in Davis.”

The draw for college students is the food and of course the fireworks show. Many Davis shops will offer discounts and coupons not available anywhere but at Celebrate Davis!

Plus, the music scene will keep festival-goers dancing all evening.

With a full musical line-up, four bands including the UC Davis Marching Band-uh! will keep the crowd entertained. The rock band Hotwire – comprised of local middle schoolers – is sure to be a crowd pleaser along with the headliner band, The Remedies, taking center-stage at 7:30 p.m..

Lead vocalist Thomas McIlraith and his band will make their debut to Celebrate Davis! They are not new to the Davis scene after performing at previous community events.

“We are totally jazzed for playing on Thursday,” McIlraith said, who is also a doctor at the Mercy Medical Group in Sacramento. “My kids and family are here in Davis, and I think Davis is just a wonderful place.”

The group will perform their newest song, “Keep it Blue,” which is about Lake Tahoe and preserving the environment.

Resident Uri Fishelson moved to Davis this fall to become the Israeli Fellow for the Hillel of Davis and Sacramento. On Thursday he will participate in his first Celebrate Davis! which he is more than excited about.

“The huge events that Davis has include the whole community and everyone gets involved,” he said. “And there will finally be fireworks in Davis.”

SASHA LEKACH can be reached at city@theaggie.org.

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