RHS

Derby Days

derby_parade-banner

2013 Derby Days Parade

Derby Days is a summer Redmond tradition that began as a bicycle race around Lake Sammamish in 1939. It was held as a fundraiser for downtown holiday decorations and school athletic equipment. The outgrowth of a small town's community spirit, the Derby now hosts the nation's longest running bicycle race. These days, the bicycle race is held in downtown Redmond. Except for four years (1942 to 1945) during World War II, the race has been held each year.  Today, Derby Days also includes a Parade in downtown Redmond as well as outdoor concerts, kid’s activities, carnival rides and fireworks. It is generally held the second weekend in July.

 

Below you will find a listing of articles and documentation about the history of Derby Days:

77th Derby Days 2017
on Friday and Saturday,
July 7th & 8th

For details:  http://www.redmondderbydays.com

 

Derby Days is a summer Redmond tradition that began as a bicycle race around Lake Sammamish in 1939. It was held as a fundraiser for downtown holiday decorations and school athletic equipment. The outgrowth of a small town's community spirit, the Derby now hosts the nation's longest running bicycle race. The bicycle race is now held in downtown Redmond. This has been an annual event since 1939, with the exception of World War II years 1942-1945.


Redmond Derby Day parade 2012-1924
Read more...

2015 Derby Days

Redmond Derby Days, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2015, is a summer tradition that came to life in 1939, at the end of the Depression. The goal was to raise money for downtown holiday decorations and school athletic equipment. It began as the Redmond Bicycle Derby -- a race around Lake Sammamish by local newspaper boys Charlie Lentz and Ray Adams in which locals bet on the winning time, and since then has become a multiday event every July that includes a bicycle criterium, parade, carnival, and entertainment stages.

2017 Derby Days

Redmond Derby Days, is celebrating its 77th anniversary in 2017, is a summer tradition that came to life in 1939, at the end of the Depression. The goal was to raise money for downtown holiday decorations and school athletic equipment. It began as the Redmond Bicycle Derby -- a race around Lake Sammamish by local newspaper boys Charlie Lentz and Ray Adams in which locals bet on the winning time, and since then has become a multiday event every July that includes a bicycle criterium, parade, carnival, and entertainment stages.

Read More About History of Derby Days

Read Historical Facts about Derby Days 1939-2008

Redmond Historical Society participates in the parade with a classic school bus and vintage fire engine.

2012 Derby Days

Annual downtown parade entry for Redmond Historical Society, during the grand Centenial Celebration in July 2012. 

Redmond_Derby_Day_parade_2012-1924

2012_won-contest_WEB It was a great day for the community celebrating 100 years of Redmond city incorporation.

Judy holds the certificate we received for  "Best Centennial Themed Entry" with our banner, costumed members and vintage bus and fire engine. We had fun sharing history with everyone!

 

janice_1912-tea-gown

Redmond Derby Day parade 2012-1930

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janice, Gene and Cheryl in vintage centennial costumes added to the parade Centennial entry.

Redmond_Derby_Day_parade_2012-3341

2013 Derby Days

With Redmond Historical Society entry in the annual parade, we carried our banner:

derby_parade-banner

derby_parade-firetruck2

alt

derby_parade-bus

derby_parade-firetruck-riders

Page 1 of 4

  • «
  •  Start 
  •  Prev 
  •  1 
  •  2 
  •  3 
  •  4 
  •  Next 
  •  End 
  • »
You are here: Events / Derby Days