Saratoga Springs splashes into summer 02

Ian Bucker, of Saratoga Springs, dumps a bucket of water on Tom Price, of Ogden, during the Splash Bash Water Party as part of Saratoga Springs' Splash Days on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at Sunrise Meadow Park in Saratoga Springs. 

Saratoga Splash Days is a time for our citizens to get together to celebrate our community along with those from the surrounding area and build memories as neighbors and families. This year, the weeklong celebration will take place from June 10 to 15.

As our city has grown, so has the celebration. What started as a weekend event held in the parking lot of the old Smith’s building has now grown into a full week of fun activities for families to enjoy.

In 2008, the City Council voted to form the City Celebrations Committee. Since that time, a group of dedicated volunteers have worked with city staff to plan Saratoga Splash Days each year. This year, the committee chose the theme, “Out of this World,” to honor the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Building on that theme, the Saratoga Springs City Orchestra will open the week by performing musical pieces from movies such as “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Apollo 13” and more. Monday will also feature space-themed art during the annual Chalk, Walk & Boogie contest, hosted by the Saratoga Springs Arts Council.

But with a name like Saratoga Splash Days, we cannot have a week-long event without a one-of-a-kind water party, known as the “Saratoga Splash Bash”! The event takes place at Sunrise Park on Wednesday afternoon and includes a giant foam zone, water slides, water balloon launchers and the largest water fight in the area. Splash Bash is hosted by the City Celebrations Committee, Saratoga Springs Fire Department and the local Kiwanis Club.

Families can also get involved with the Search for Saratoga scavenger hunt. This fun activity allows residents to also learn about Saratoga Springs, including everything from what it takes to make the city function to finding hidden gems nestled throughout the city, like little-known parks or recreational amenities. If competition isn’t your thing, you can always attend the opening night of the City of Fun Carnival, which is a family night when all rides are one ticket per ride.

On Thursday, visitors from a galaxy far, far away will arrive at Neptune Park to train young padawans on the ways of the Force. Those who sign up for Jedi training will receive their own lightsaber as part of their registration.

With the completion of Neptune Park in 2012, Saratoga Splash Days moved to its new home on a beautiful, new 11-acre park. Neptune Park features a 30-foot climbing pyramid for kids to get the perfect perch to watch a movie in the park on Thursday night and listen to weeklong entertainment on the outdoor stage, including a free concert featuring Party Crashers on Friday night and a Battle of the Bands all day Saturday.

All of this great open space is used for recreation programs throughout the year and to host other Saratoga Splash Days activities, such as the community fair, boutique, a car show and the City of Fun Carnival.

As always, Saratoga Splash Days will host food trucks all throughout the weeklong event.

We hope that everyone will join us for another great summer as we celebrate Saratoga Splash Days! To learn more about Saratoga Splash Days, visit https://www.saratogasprings.com/splashdays.