Pioneer Day, also known as Days of '47 or simply the 24th of July, marks the day in 1847 when Brigham Young and the Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley. It's an extra summer holiday for most Utahns, celebrated in much the same way as the 4th of July with picnics, parades, rodeos, concerts and fireworks.
Days of '47 events are held throughout the spring, but most occur in the week or so before the 24th. Here's a list some of the best Pioneer Day events.
The Days of '47 Pops Concert features the Choral Arts Society of Utah Master Chorale, Utah National Guard 23rd Army Band, David Osmond, Clive Romney and Willingly, and Highland Drive.
The concert is free to the public, but tickets are required. Beginning June 1st, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to POPS TICKETS, PO BOX 2623, Salt Lake City, UT 84110. Please indicate which night and how many tickets you are requesting. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Those without tickets will be seated on a first come, first served basis after 7:15 p.m. Tickets are also available now for pickup at Daynes Music. Limit 6 tickets per request.
Friday and Saturday, July 11-12, 7:30 p.m
123 West South Temple
801-363-9708 or email@example.com
This all-kids parade is a fun warmup for the "big show" on the 24th! The parade is followed by a Family Festival at Washington Square (200 East and 500 South).
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Parade starts 10 a.m.
Route starts at 600 East and 500 South, runs west on 500 South to 200 East, and ends at 200 East and 500 South.
Free, Televised by KUTV 2
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. Five miles total.
Saturday, July 19, 2014, 7 a.m.
Donner Park (2770 E. 990 S.)
The hike is free, but please register in advance. Contact Wayne Howcroft at 801-463-1045 or Kathi Izatt, 801-257-7959, firstname.lastname@example.org
The concert continues an annual tradition of commemorating the arrival of the first Mormon pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847.
Friday and Saturday, July 18 and 19, 2014, 8 p.m.
LDS Conference Center
60 W. North Temple
Free tickets have already been distributed, but standby seating is usually available. Standby line forms at the north gate of Temple Square at around 5 p.m.; tickets distributed at 6 p.m. The concert will also be broadcast on TV, radio and internet; see website for details.
Meet the creators and technicians behind the 2014 Days of ’47 Parade floats and see how it all comes together — even before the Parade rolls! Vote for your favorite float and, after the Preview Party ballots are counted, watch the banners on July 24th to see if your favorite float won the “People’s Choice” or the “Children’s Choice” award.
Monday and Tuesday, July 21-22, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
South Towne Expo Center
9575 South State St
Sandy, UT 84070
The Deseret News Classic is USATF sanctioned and is a Boston Marathon qualifier. It's a great downhill with a total 3200 foot elevation drop. The 10K is also a fun downhill that finishes along the parade route with cheering crowds.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
- Marathon 5:30 a.m. at Big Mountain above Emigration Canyon
- Half Marathon starts 6 a.m. up Emigration Canyon; shuttle from Rice-Eccles Stadium
- 10K 6 a.m. Research Park on Chipeta Way, University of Utah Campus
- 5K Walk 7 a.m. Wasatch Elementary School Playground
The Days of '47 parade is Utah's biggest parade, and many families camp out on the streets the night before to ensure a great seat to catch it all the following morning.
Thursday, July 24, 2014, 9 a.m.
Route starts at South Temple and State Street running east to 200 East, turns south to 900 South, then turns east to Liberty Park at 600 East in Salt Lake City.
Free, Televised on KSL 5