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.
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
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
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 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
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
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
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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)
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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