All along the Wasatch Front, there are different ways to celebrate Pioneer Day, the July 24 anniversary of the day Mormon pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Vally in 1847.
For traditionalists, there are parades, fun runs, games in the park, and fireworks at night. New traditionalists may opt for “Pie and Beer Day,” and enjoy some pastry and a brew.
Here are highlights of where you can see fireworks on Tuesday’s Pioneer Day holiday or join Pie and Beer day gatherings along the Wasatch Front. Check city websites for additional celebrations, including Saturday fireworks in Bountiful, Kamas and Mapleton.
Salt Lake County
Cottonwood Heights • Fireworks Tuesday night at 10 p.m. will cap the free two-day Butlerville Days celebration at Butler Park, 7500 S. 2700 East. Visit cottonwoodheights.utah.gov for an event schedule.
Salt Lake City • The city’s annual firework show will be staged at 10 p.m. at Herman Franks Park, 1371 S. 700 East, visible to holiday crowds gathered at adjacent Liberty Park, 900 S. 500 East. Earlier Tuesday, the Native American Celebration in the Park Powwow will be held in Liberty Park, highlighting the cultures of Utah’s indigenous people with drum groups, food and family activities.The festival is $5; park entrance is free. Visit nacippowwow.wixsite.com/nacippowwowfestival for information.
Salt Lake City • Salt Lake Bees will host the Memphis Redbirds at 6:35 p.m. and fireworks will follow the game at Smiths Ballpark, 77 W. 1300 South. Visit www.milb.com/schedule/index.jsp?sid=t561 for informstion and tickets.
Orem • A musical fireworks show at dusk will conclude free Pioneer Day activities at the Orchard at University Place Orem, 575 E. University Parkway. Visit https://www.universityplaceorem.com/events/pioneer-day-fireworks-celebration for information.
Spanish Fork • Fireworks at Spanish Fork’s Sports Park at 295 W. Volunteer Drive at approximately 10:30 p.m. will conclude several days of celebrations. See the Fiesta Days schedule at https://www.spanishfork.org.
Charleston • Fireworks are planned at dark after events during the day; see http://www.gohebervalley.com/Charleston_24th_of_July_Celebration for details. For an alternative view of the fireworks, ride the Heber Valley Railroad to see them across Deer Creek Reservoir. See http://www.gohebervalley.com/HVRR_Fiddlers_Fireworks for details.
Ogden • Fireworks will follow Tuesday’s rodeo events at Ogden Pioneer Stadium, 668 17th St. Earlier Tuesday, parades will run along Washington Boulevard, from 20th Street to 30th Street. Visit ogdenpioneerdays.com for schedule and ticket information for Monday and Tuesday rodeo events.
And now for Pie and Beer Day gatherings:
Salt Lake City • Utah’s largest and oldest Pie and Beer Day celebration features more than 21 local breweries and 21 local restaurants and bakeries, with Utah craft beer and over 5,000 slices of world-class pie. First come, first served, on Tuesday from 2 p.m to 6 p.m. at Beer Bar, 161 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City. Visit www.gastronomicslc.com/event/pie-and-beer-day for information.
Murray • Pie and beer will be offered with Painting With a Twist’s regular wine and beer tasting class on Tuesday, from 6 p.m to 8 p.m., at 258 E. Winchester. Must be 21 or older to attend. Visit www.paintingwithatwist.com/studio/murray/event/1632337 fro details and ticket prices.
Ogden • The Ogden Bicycle Collective will hold two Pie and Beer Day bike rides, starting at 3 and 6 p.m. from the collective’s location at 936 28th St. to Talisman Brewery. At the brewery, people can enjoy pie donated from local bakeries and (for those 21 and over) beer from Talisman. Beer is not included in the $5 ticket price. Visit eventbrite.com/e/pie-and-beer-day-tickets-47490914604 for information.