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, the American Heritage Lyceum Orchestra, Jenny Oaks Baker, George Dyer.The concert is free to the public, but tickets are required. 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 at Daynes Music, 6935 S. State, Salt Lake City, Utah. Limit 6 tickets per request.
Friday and Saturday, July 12-13, 7:30 p.m
123 West South Temple
801-363-9708 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This all-kids parade is a fun warmup for the "big show" on the 24th! The parade is followed by a Family Festival at the Salt Lake City and County Building.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Parade starts 10 a.m.
Youth Festival 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Route starts at 600 E. and 500 S., runs west on 500 S. to 200 E. and ends at the City and County Building, 200 E. 450 S.
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. For 2013 the event includes a light breakfast for nominal cost.
Saturday, July 20, 2013, 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, email@example.com
Utah's Pioneer Days at West Jordan includes vendors, games, Dutch oven cook-off, bouncy houses, dunk tank, climbing wall, human hamster balls, pony rides, petting zoo, softball tournament, iron man contest, tug of war, and three-legged races. Guests can participate in authentic pioneer games such as greased pig chase, mutton bustin', blacksmith activities, sack races, flour snowball fights, bumper balls and much much more. The Osmond Youth Pioneer Pageant will be presented each evening; see listing below.
July 23-24, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Park
1985 W. 7800 S.
Many activities are free; Pioneer Pageant $8-$15
The Youth Pioneer Pageant features hundreds of children and young adults from all across the country as they share their talents through dancing, singing, and live theatrical entertainment. This one-of-a-kind production re-enacts the stories of the pioneer trek West and their attempt to settle the untamed valleys and mountains of Utah. You will witness wagons, handcarts, live animals, music, special guests, and a large fireworks display. The pageant recounts the journeys of all pioneers that settled Utah, such as Catholic missionary colonizers; Greek and Italian pioneers; the Chinese, Jewish and Mormon settlers; as well as Native Americans.
July 22, 23 & 24
Doors Open: 7 p.m.
Pre-show featuring Nathan Osmond begins at dusk around 8:30 p.m.
Show Begins: 9 p.m.
Firework Finale: 10 p.m.
West Jordan Arena
8125 S. 2200 W.
West Jordan, UT 84084
Ticket Prices: $8-$15
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.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
- Marathon 5:30 a.m. at Big Mountain above Emigration Canyon
- Half Marathon starts 6 a.m. up Emigration Canyon; shuttle from EnergySolutions Arena or Rice-Eccles Stadium
- 10K 6 a.m. Research Park on Chipeta Way, University of Utah Campus
- 5K Walk 7 a.m. EnergySolutions Arena