Pioneer Day Festivities and Firework Shows in Utah

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Pioneer Day is an official holiday, settled by Mormon pioneers. The event is celebrated on the 24th of July in Utah and surrounding states. It commemorates the day of the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. But it also has strong links with the holiday in the LDS Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). The celebrations include reenactments of the pioneers' entry into the Salt Lake Valley, parades, concerts, festivals, rodeos, and fireworks. On this day most governmental offices and many businesses are closed. From parades to rodeos to sports competitions, this list has something for everyone to remember and celebrate Utah’s pioneer heritage.

2021 Pioneer Day 5K Race

The race is put on by Weber State Campus Recreation and includes two loops around Davis Campus. The race will take place at 8:30 a.m. and winners will receive an award.

July 17 at 8:00am 

Weber State University Davis Campus

42nd Lindquist Family Symphony Pops and Fireworks 

Lindquist Pops is a longstanding tradition in northern Utah that brings the community together each year. The New American Philharmonic, directed by Shannon Roberts, will provide a free 60-minute concert beginning at 9 p.m. at the Ada Lindquist Plaza. At approximately 10 p.m., attendees will enjoy one of the largest fireworks displays in Utah, accompanied by the symphony. Several food trucks will be on hand to sell drinks and refreshments.

July 18 at 9:00pm

Weber State University, 3848 Harrison Blvd, Ogden, UT 84408

Cowboy Games & Rodeo

The rodeo features bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, and more. Tickets are required.

July 20-24 at 7:30pm

Utah State Fair Park

Ogden Pioneer Days

Ogden Pioneer Days host events ranging from concerts and firework shows to art strolls and parades. Of course, you can't miss the Ogden Pioneer Days rodeo, ranked as one of the top five large outdoor rodeos in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. 

July 20-24 at 7:30pm

Various venues throughout Ogden

Full schedule of events.

Pioneer Day at the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum 

Celebrate the holiday with a week of crafts and games at the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum.

July 21-July 22

Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum, 444 W 100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Deseret News Marathon (Full, Half, 10K, 5K Runs)

The Deseret News Marathon is the longest-operating marathon in Utah. For 51 years runners have been racing down the historic pioneer route into the Salt Lake Valley and through the Days of '47 Parade. The Deseret News races consist of a full marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K. Use the coupon code below for 10% your race admission! 

July 23 starting at 5:30am

Marathon: 5:30am - Begins at the top of Big Mountain, above Emigration Canyon.
Half Marathon: 5:30am - Begins at the top of Little Mountain
10K: 6:00am - Begins at Research Park - 500 South Wakara Way. (University of Utah campus)
5K: 7:00am - Begins at Wasatch Elementary School, 1150 E. South Temple

Use the coupon code below for 10% your race admission!

Sunrise Service 

Admission is free and the event is open to the public and all religious denominations. The Salt Lake Pioneer Chapter of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers is co-sponsoring this annual service.

July 23 at 7:00 a.m. Must be seated by 6:50 a.m.

The Assembly Hall on Temple Square  (50 W North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84150)

Days of 47’ Parade

Thousands gather each year in Downtown Salt Lake City to enjoy colorful floats, bands, horses, clowns and other entries that thrill thousands of spectators each year. The route begins at South Temple and State Street. It then runs East to 200 East, turns South to 900 South, and finally turns East to 600 East at Liberty Park.

July 23 at 9:00am

Pioneer Day Extravaganza

Hop in your covered wagon and roll down to North Park to celebrate Utah State’s rich heritage. Enjoy live music, children’s games and crafts, fresh baked pie, the Farmer’s Market, Food Trucks, and live animals.

July 24 at North Park - Provo, UT (500 N 500 W Provo, UT, 84601)

Washington City Pioneer Day Fireworks

Come enjoy Pioneer Day on July 24th. There will be a fun-filled celebration! The Lions Club will be serving breakfast at 7 AM (cash only). There will be a parade down Telegraph at 8 AM, and afterward, go enjoy the children's booths in Veterans Park. When the park fun has ended head over to the W.C.C.C. and spend the rest of the day swimming, having fun, and when the sun goes down enjoy a fireworks display that evening at 10PM.

July 24 at 7:00am - 10:00pm

Multiple Venues in Washington City

Mapleton Pioneer Days Celebration

Join the community for sports tournaments, the Humanitarian Fair, entertainment, carnival games, bounce houses, and a fireworks show. Some events require prior registration.

July 24 at Ira Allen Sports Park, 1728 S 800 W, Mapleton, UT 84664

South Davis Handcart Days Races

Participate in the Handcart half marathon, Frontier 5K, or Pioneer Pete 1K. Packets with additional information are available for pickup on July 23 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and July 24 from 5 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.

July 24 from 6:00am-12:00pm

South Davis Recreation Center, 550 North 200 West, Bountiful, UT 84010

Brigham City Pioneer Day Celebration

Get in the pioneer spirit with hands-on activities and games such as panning for gold, leather work, and pioneer crafts. Train rides, entertainment, and food trucks will also be available throughout the day. The event is run by the Sons of the Utah Pioneers.

July 24 from 11:00am-4:00pm

Rees Pioneer Park, 800 West Forest Street, Brigham City, UT, 84302

All activities free

Pioneer Day Freedom Fest

The event will include a flag ceremony, a contest for best pioneer costumes and decorated wagons, avengers, and food trucks.

July 24 from 10:00am-1:00pm

1 S Main St, Brigham City, UT 84302, USA

Orem Pioneer Day Celebration 

Festivities will include yard games, contests and band performances from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bounce houses and yard games will be available from 2:30 p.m. through 5 p.m. At 9:45p, Utah’s Jersey Street Band will perform a choreographed firework show.

July 24 from 11:00am-9:45pm 

University Place, 575 East Univ. Parkway, Orem, UT 84097

This is the Place Heritage Park 2021 Pioneer Days

The celebration will kick off on Friday and continue onto Saturday. Pan for gold, ride ponies, and catch old-fashioned taffy shot from candy cannons.

July 24 from 10:00am-5:00pm

This is the Place Heritage Park

Logan Pioneer Day Celebration

This daylong celebration has events to get everyone moving, including a noncompetitive fun run, Family Fun Zumba, and other sports tournaments. There will also be a Pioneer Day Parade, car show, and food and crafts booths. A fireworks show will end the day at 10 p.m.

July 24 from 7:00am-10:00pm

Heber Valley Railroad Fiddlers and Fireworks 

This paid event includes a ride on the evening train, dinner, fiddle music, and a gunfight show. Tickets are required.

July 24 from 7:15 am-10:40 pm

Heber Valley Railroad