Utah has a unique holiday it is called “Pioneer Day."
Pioneer day is an official holiday and commemorates the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847. It has been celebrated every year since 1847 and is a big holiday with more festivities then even the 4th of July.
If you are visiting us below you will. find places you can celebrate this unique holiday.
Pioneer Day Concert – July 18 & 19 at 8 pm at the LDS Conference Center – Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra will perform. Tickets are sold out. To meet the demand to hear this exciting performance, the Choir has additional viewing opportunities, including an Internet live stream and a BYU TV broadcast. Patrons are also invited to stand by for last-minute seating on the evenings of July 18 and 19, 2014. The standby line will form at the North Gate on Temple Square.
First Encampment Hike – July 19 at 7am at Donner Park (2770 E 990 S). During this family-oriented event, you can walk in the footsteps of the 1847 pioneers in a festive and commemorative hike that follows Emigration Creek through beautiful Salt Lake City neighborhoods.
Family Festival – July 19 at 10am-2pm following the Youth Parade at Washington Square (200 E 450 S). This is a free event with inflatable slides, games, bouncers, rides, not to mention our pioneer-era learning opportunities.
Antelope Island Pioneer Day Celebration – July 26 from noon-4pm. There will be games from 12-2pm, guided tours of the Fielding Garr Ranch from 3-4pm, and wool processing demos from 10am-4pm. There is a $9 day use fee per vehicle.
Sunrise Service – July 24 at 7am in the Tabernacle on Temple Square. The program features the Tabernacle organist and several hundred voices in combined choirs from around the valley. A keynote speaker will deliver an inspirational message. Free admission and no tickets required.
Cottonwood Heights Butlerville Days – July 23 & 24 the event starts with a parade at 3 pm, bands, floats, rides, activities, and fireworks. Discount wristbands can be purchased at Cottonwood Heights Rec Center July 19 & 21 from 1-3pm.
Days of ’47 Parade – July 24 at 9am. Route starts at South Temple and State Street running to 200 East, turns south to 900 South, then turns east to Liberty Park.
Pioneer Day Celebration – July 26 at Antelope Island State Park with games, tours, demonstrations and more. $10 entry fee applies
Red Butte Garden – Free admission on July 24 from 9am-5pm
Fireworks at Liberty Park – Celebrated July 24 fireworks at 10pm. There will also be art, craft and food vendors and the Native American Celebration.
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