Pioneer Day events around Utah
July 24 • Events include sunrise services, fireworks and a barbecue showdown.
Published: July 24, 2014 02:47PM
Updated: July 24, 2014 02:47PM
Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune Members of the Utah Batallion of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers march at South Temple and State Streets to start the Days of '47 parade.

From parades and food to concerts and fireworks, Pioneer Day celebrations will take place all over Utah this week. Here’s a sampling of what’s going on.


Youth Parade

The annual youth parade, one of the largest in the country, kicks off the Days of ‘47 events.

When • Saturday, July 19, 10 a.m..

Where • Parade starts at 600 East and 500 South. It travels west on 500 South to the City County Building and Washington Square.

Brother Brigham’s Ball

The fifth annual event will be reminiscent of the dances LDS Church President Brigham Young held at his farm home, which has been moved to This Is the Place Heritage Park from its original site in Sugar House.

When • Monday, July 21, 6-8 p.m.

Where • This Is the Place Heritage Park, 2601 E. Sunnyside Ave., Salt Lake City

Tickets • $5

Days of ’47 Rodeo

Cowboy roping and riding continue for five nights.

When • Tuesday through Friday, July 22-25, 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 26, 6 p.m.

Where • EnergySolutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $12.50-$39.50; visit

Sunrise service

The Pioneer Chapter of the Sons of Utah Pioneers will hold a sunrise service honoring Utah’s pioneers. The program features several hundred voices in combined choirs from around the valley.

When • Thursday, July 24, 7 a.m.

Where • Salt Lake LDS Tabernacle, 50 N. Main, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free; visit

Marathon and 10K run

The Deseret News Classic is a USATF-sanctioned race and a Boston Marathon qualifier with a total 3,200-foot elevation drop.

When • Thursday, July 24, 7 a.m.

Where • Salt Lake City

Days of ’47 Parade

One of the largest and oldest parades in the United States starts at 9 a.m. at the corner of South Temple and State Street. It runs east to 200 East, turns south to 900 South, then turns east to Liberty Park at 600 East.

When • Thursday, July 24, 9 a.m.

Where • Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free;

Native American Celebration

After the Pioneer Day Parade, Liberty Park will host the 20th annual Native American Celebration. The event includes drumming, dancing, beadwork, Navajo and Zuni jewelry, Navajo tacos and mutton stew.

When • Thursday, July 24, noon-10 p.m.

Where • Liberty Park, 900 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Pie & Beer Day fundraiser

On Pioneer Day, sample pie from some of Salt Lake City’s best bakeries — Tulie Bakery, Eva Boulangerie, Cafe Trio — and beer from Beer Bar. The event is a fundraiser for KRCL.

When • Thursday, 3-5 p.m.

Where • Beer Bar, 161 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $15 pie pass includes samples of six pies; beer samples are $1 each

Fireworks at Liberty Park

Salt Lake City’s biggest fireworks show.

When • Thursday, July 24, 10 p.m.

Where • Liberty Park, 900 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Butlerville Days

The Cottonwood Heights community’s annual celebration includes a 5K race, parade, inflatables, face painting, bike parade, food, classic car show, pie-eating contest, mechanical bull rides, a juggling show and free watermelon. Fireworks start at 9:45 p.m.

When • Wednesday, July 23, 5 p.m.; Thursday, July 24, 7 a.m.

Where • Butler Park, 7500 S. 2700 East, Cottonwood Heights

Tickets • $13-$20; discounted wristbands available at the Cottonwood Heights Rec Center, July 19 and 21, 1-3 p.m.

Details •

West Jordan

Games, competitions, a Dutch oven cook-off, pony rides, petting zoo and children’s activities take place this week in West Jordan. The Osmond Youth Pioneer Pageant will be presented each evening.

When • Thursday through Saturday, July 24-26, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

Where • Veterans Memorial Park, 1985 W. 7800 South, West Jordan

Details •

This Is the Place Heritage Park

Old-fashioned games and more at this historical park.

When • Thursday, July 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where • This Is the Place Heritage Park, 2601 E. Sunnyside Ave., Salt Lake City

Tickets • $10; children 2 and younger are free;

Days of ’47 Barbecue Showdown

The Intermountain Barbecue Association will hold the first Days of ’47 Barbecue Showdown, with music, barbecue sampling and judging, chili cook-off and, on Friday night, a movie. Contact or visit

When • Friday, July 25, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where • Midvale City Park, 455 W. 7500 South

Tickets • Free

Pioneer Day Celebration at Trolley Square

Trolley Square has the best seat in the house to celebrate Pioneer Day on the 24th of July! Witness firework displays across the valley, including Liberty Park, Enjoy great food, free valet parking, family-friendly activities, and good music. X96 will be onsite broadcasting live. Visit for information.

When • Thursday, July 24, 7 p.m.

Where • Trolley Square, 700 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free


Bountiful Handcart Days

This annual celebration includes historic tours as well as games, food and entertainment in the city park. The July 23 parade begins at 6 p.m. Fireworks follow at 9:45 p.m. at Mueller Park Junior High.

When • Wednesday, July 23, noon-10 p.m., 9:45 p.m.; Thursday, July 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where • Bountiful City Park, 400 N. 200 West, Bountiful

Tickets • Free;

Layton’s Taste of the Town

The Davis Chamber of Commerce will host this affordable way to sample food from local restaurants. Children’s activities and live music.

When • Thursday, July 24, 4-7 p.m.

Where • Layton Commons Park, 457 N. Wasatch Drive, Layton

Tickets • $1-$10;

Riders in the Sky

A free concert.

When • Thursday, July 24, 8 p.m.

Where • Ed Kenley Centennial Amphitheater, 405 N. Wasatch Drive, Layton

Tickets • Free;


Provo Pioneer Day Extravaganza

Food, games, music, entertainment, a farmers market, antique car show, pioneer camp and museum, American Indian village and Wild West show.

When • Thursday, July 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where • Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum and North Park, 500 N. 500 West, Provo

Tickets • Free;


Mapleton celebrates the Days of ’47 with a 5K race, breakfast, parade, inflatables, rock climbing wall and art displays. Lunch from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Evening activities include fireworks at Ira Allen Park, 1728 S. 800 West.

When • Thursday, July 24, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Where • Mapleton City Park, Maple Street and Main Street

Tickets • Most events are free;

Raft and Run

Ride the waves and help raise money for the Live Your Dream Scholarship, which helps single mothers pay for college.

When • Thursday, July 24, 7 a.m.

Where • Canyon Glen Park, Provo River Parkway, Provo

Tickets • $55 from July 15-20;

Spanish Fork Fiesta Days

The celebration includes a 10K run (6:30 a.m.), breakfast (7-9 a.m.), craft fair, grand parade (9 a.m), quilt show, rodeo and fireworks.

When • Thursday, July 24, 6:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Where • Spanish Fork City Park, 49 S. Main

Details •



Ogden’s Pioneer Days include parades, a rodeo, music, farmers market, visual arts exhibits and fireworks.

When • Monday through Thursday, July 21-24, 8 a.m.

Where • Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave., Ogden

Tickets • Visit

Tremonton City Days

Softball tournament, movies, 5K run, wiffle ball, home run derby, bingo, barbecue contest, concert in the park, grass volley and fireworks.

When • Monday, July 21, 2-8:30 p.m.; Friday, July 25, 5 p.m.; Saturday, July 26, 7:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Where • Shuman Park, 200 N. Tremont St., Tremonton

Tickets • Prices vary;


Spring City

The Pioneer Days celebration kicks off Sunday, July 20, with an old-time gospel music revival and continues throughout the week with an ice cream social, dance, fun run/walk, volleyball tournament, car show, parade and carnival with live music.

When • Thursday, July 24, 7 a.m.; Saturday, July 26, 11 a.m.

Where • Spring City Park, 150 E. Center

Tickets • Visit or 435-462-2717


Pioneer Day in Fairview includes a 5K run, breakfast, craft fair, a kids and regular parade, car show and demolition derby.

When • Thursday, July 24, 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

Where • 165 N. State, Fairview

Tickets • Free;

St. George

St. George brings the Days of ’47 celebration to southern Utah with a breakfast, parade and celebration at the park. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. near the Community Center, 200 N. 300 East.

When • Thursday, July 24, 7 a.m.-10:15 p.m.

Where • Veterans Park, 75 E. Telegraph St., Saint George

Tickets • Free;