Walking around Utah on July 24 must be an odd experience for someone unfamiliar with the state.
It's like walking straight into the past, thanks to numerous individuals roaming the streets clad in pioneer-style wardrobe.
But all the bonnets and beehives aren't just for show. They represent a celebration of Utah's historic pioneer past, one characterized by difficult labor, an extensive trek across the Plains and, of course, hard work — symbolized by the beehive on the state flag.
Officially, Pioneer Day, July 24, is a commemoration of the entrance of the first group of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. The holiday has practically been celebrated every year since then, with the first official commemoration headed by Brigham Young in 1857, according to the Utah State History Markers and Monuments Database.
True to tradition, celebrations are being held across the state from St. George to Logan. The following is a list of family-friendly celebrations in honor of Pioneer Day:
Box Elder County
Brigham City: July 24, 8 p.m., Monroe Crossing Pioneer Day concert, Fine Arts Center, 58 S. 100 West, $10.
For more information, call 435-723-0740 or visit www.bcfineartscenter.org
Tremonton: July 21, Tremonton City Days, 7 a.m., fun run; 7:30 a.m., flag ceremony; 8-10 a.m., breakfast; 8 a.m., booths; 9 a.m., baby contest and car show; 1-3 p.m., family contests; 2 p.m., Home Run Derby; 4 p.m., family games; 6 p.m., stage performances; 8 p.m., army band; 10 p.m., fireworks. All events are free and held at Jeanie Stevens Park, 700 N. 1000 West.
For more information, call 435-257-9485 or visit www.tremontoncity.com.
Logan: July 24, 7:30-10 a.m., Lions Club pancake breakfast, $6 per person, $3 per child 10 and under, $5 for seniors and immediate family members; 7:30 a.m., fun run, Mountain Man Encampment, King & Queen of the Beach volleyball; 9 a.m., horseshoe tournament; 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., food and craft booths; 10 a.m., Home Run Derby and kickball tournament; noon, Pioneer Day Parade, beginning at 500 W. Center St. and ending at 700 South; 1 p.m., Hula Halau O Kaahumanu entertainment; 1-3 p.m., candy cannon every hour and Pioneer Playland; 2:15 p.m., pie eating contest; 2:45-4 p.m., family fun square dance; 3:30 p.m., watermelon eating contest; 4:30-5:45 p.m., family fun bingo; 6:15-7:30 p.m., Saddle Strings entertainment; 8 p.m., Nathan Osmond entertainment; 9:45 p.m., fireworks. All events are free and held at Willow Park, 450 W. 700 South.
For more information, call 435-716-9250 or visit www.loganutah.org.
North Logan: July 24, 6:45 a.m., Flag ceremony and breakfast, Elk Ridge Park, 1060 E. 2500 North; 10 a.m., parade, begins at 1600 E. 1900 North and ends at Mountain View Park, 1100 E. 2100 North, free; 11 a.m.-2 p.m., games, food and entertainment, Mountain View Park; historical displays, LDS Cultural Hall, 1100 E. 1900 North; 2 p.m., King Nature Park Recognition with Congressman Rob Bishop, King Nature Park, 1060 E. 2500 North; 6:30 p.m., scout charity BBQ dinner and music, Elk Ridge Park; 10 p.m., fireworks, Elk Ridge Park.
For more information, visit www.ci.north-logan.ut.us.
Wellsville: July 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Spirit of '47 Pioneer Day Festival featuring activities, contests and music, $6 for ages three and older; 6 p.m., Pioneer Handcart Progressive Dinner, $25 for adults, $20 for children ages three to 11, $80 for families up to six members. All events are held at the American West Heritage Center, 4025 S. Hwy 89-91.
For more information, call 435-245-6050 or visit www.awhc.org.
Bountiful: July 20, noon-10 p.m., Handcart Days featuring games, food and entertainment, Bountiful City Park, 400 N. 200 West, free; 6 p.m., Grand Parade, route starts at Main Street and proceeds from 1500 South to 400 North, then west to 100 West, free; 9:45 p.m., fireworks show, Mueller Park Jr. High, 955 E. 1800 South, free. July 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Handcart Days featuring games, food and entertainment, Bountiful City Park, free.
For more information, visit www.handcartdays.org
Kaysville: July 24, 7-10 a.m., Pioneer Day Breakfast, Bowman's Supermarket, 326 N. Main, $20 per family up to six individuals, $5 for adults, $3 for children.
For more information, call 801-546-1235 or visit www.kaysvillecity.com.
Layton: July 24, 8 p.m., Riders in the sky concert, Ed Kenley Centennial Amphitheater, 403 N. Wasatch Drive, free.
For more information, visit www.laytoncity.org.
Salt Lake County
Cottonwood Heights: July 24, Butlerville Days, 3-7 p.m., classics and antique car show, free; 4-8:30 p.m., CH City Historical Display, free; 4:30-9:30 p.m., skate competition, jousting, mechanical bull ride, $5, and onstage entertainment; 5 p.m., balloon toss; 5-8 p.m., juggling show, photo booth and strolling magician, free; 5:45 p.m., frozen T-shirt contest; 6:10 p.m., balloon popping contest; 6:30 p.m., pie eating contest; 6:45 p.m., watermelon drop; 7 p.m., watermelon, free; 7:15 p.m., donut eating contest; 9:40 p.m., fireworks. All events are held at Butler Park, 7500 S. 2700 East.
For more information, visit www.cottonwoodheights.utah.gov
Salt Lake: July 21, 7 a.m., First Encampment Hike, Donner Park, 2770 E. 990 South. July 24, 5:30 a.m., Deseret News marathon, begins at Big Mountain to Liberty Park; 6 a.m., Deseret News 10K, begins at Foothill Drive and Chipeta Way to Liberty Park; 7 a.m., Deseret News 5K walk, Energy Solutions Arena; 9 a.m., Days of '47 KSL 5 Parade, route begins at South Temple and State, running east to 200 East, south to 900 South, then east to Liberty Park at 600 East; noon-4:30 p.m., Union Pacific Anniversary Celebration, Union Pacific Depot, 400 W. South Temple.
Draper: July 20, Draper Days, all day; 6-10 p.m., family activities, Draper Park, 12500 S. 1300 East, free; 7-10:30 p.m., Draper Nights Concert featuring Herman's Hermites starring Peter Noone, Draper Park, free. July 21, 7-10 a.m., pancake breakfast, Draper Park; 8 a.m., 5k and kids fun run, Draper Park; 9 a.m., Draper Days parade, Stokes and Fort St. to Old Park School, free; 10 a.m.-10 p.m., entertainment, food and activities, Draper Park; 2-5:30 p.m., JC Hackett Car Show, Draper Park, free; 7-10 p.m., Draper Nights Concert featuring The Rascals, Draper Park, free; 7-10 p.m., Horse Pull, Andy Ballard Equestrian Park, 1600 E. Highland Drive; 10:30 p.m., Draper Days Fireworks, Draper Park, free.
For more information call 801-205-3242 or visit www.draperdays.com.
This is the Place Heritage Park: July 21, 6 p.m., Brother Brigham's Ball, $5. July 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., patriotic flag ceremony, watermelon-eating contest, staged bank robbery, candy cannon, games and crafts, panning for gold and pony and train rides, 2601 E. Sunnyside Ave.
For more information call 801-582-1847 or www.thisistheplace.org.
Pioneer Memorial Museum: July 24, approximately 1 p.m., following the Days of '47 Parade, open house featuring pioneer music, demonstrations of lace making, weaving, stocking, knitting, and churning homemade butter, refreshments and children's activities, 300 N. Main.
For more information call 801-532-6479 or visit www.dupinternational.org.
Temple Square: July 20 and 21, 8 p.m., Pioneer Day Concert - "The Joy of Song," featuring Katherine Jenkins, free tickets required, however last-minute seating may be available. July 24, 7 a.m. Sons of Utah Pioneers "Sunrise Service," Tabernacle on Temple Square, free.
For more information, visit www.lds.org/events.
West Jordan Arena: July 21, 23 and 24, 8 p.m., Merrill Osmond's Youth Pioneer Pageant, $10-$20. The West Jordan Arena is located at 8030 S. 2200 West.
For more information, visit www.pioneerpageant.com.
West Valley City: July 20-24, 7 p.m., Days of '47 Safelite Rodeo, Maverick Center, 3200 S. Decker Lake Drive, $10-$50.
Wilford Woodruff Farmhouse: July 20 and 21, 7 p.m., musical "I Went on My Way Rejoicing," free. The performance on July 21 will be held at the chapel across the street. July 23, 7 p.m. and July 24, 4 and 7 p.m., musical "The Conversion of Wilford," $5. The Wilford Woodruff farmhouse is located at 1604 S. 500 East.
For more information, call 801-474-1863.
San Juan County
Monticello: July 21, Pioneer Day Celebration.
For more information, call 435-459-9700 or visit www.monticelloutah.org.
Centerfield: July 23, 6 p.m., parade, begins at 200 N. 300 South; 7 p.m., dinner, children's activities and musical program, Centerfield Church Park.
Fairview: July 24, 6:30 a.m., fun run and 5K, City Park, $10; 7 a.m., flag raising ceremony, museum, 84 N. 100 East; pioneer breakfast, Dance Hall pavilion, 65 S. State; 9 a.m., D.U.P. program, Dance Hall; craft fair, CentraCom parking lot, free; 10:30 a.m., Motorized kids parade, begins State St. and Far West Bank; 10:45 a.m., kids parade, State St. and Far West Bank; noon, EMT Lunch, Dance Hall Pavilion; 1-4 p.m., Antique Car Show, Fairview Museum of History and Art; 1 p.m., Fairview Idol, Dance Hall; 2 p.m., kids old fashioned games, Museum, free; 7 p.m., demolition derby, rodeo grounds.
For more information, visit www.fairviewcity.com.
Mayfield: July 24, 10 a.m., parade, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., games, food and entertainment; noon, live auction; 1 p.m., volleyball and greased pig chase and races; 2 p.m., duck race. All events are held at Mayfield City Park.
For more information, visit www.sanpete.com.
Spring City: July 20, 7 p.m. home run derby; 8:30-11:30 p.m., street dance featuring music by Junction 89. July 24, 7 a.m., fun run/walk, 7-9 a.m., Fireman's breakfast; 10 a.m., parade; 11:30 a.m., children's carnival and games, horseshoe tournament and family co-ed softball tournament, City Park; 12:30-1:30 p.m., lunch and live music, city bowery; 5:30-6:30 p.m., Dutch oven dinner; 7 p.m., concert featuring Hired Guns, City Park, free; 9 p.m., free family movie, City Park.
For more information, visit www.sanpete.com.
Sterling: July 24, 7 a.m., breakfast, church pavilion; 10 a.m., parade and Willie the clown; 11:30 a.m., grill opens for lunch and children's games; 1 p.m., horseshoe tournament, $5; 3 p.m., watermelon bust; 5 p.m., grill opens for Dutch Oven Cook-Off dinner; softball game; 7:30 p.m., Dutch-Oven Cook-off judging; 8 p.m., dance; 9:45, fireworks. All events are at Sterling Town Park.
For more information, visit www.sanpete.com.
Tooele: July 21, 10 a.m., Pioneer Day children's parade followed by festivities at Tooele City Park.
For more information, visit www.tooelecity.org.
Mapleton: July 24, 6:30-7:30 a.m., patriotic program and flag ceremony, Mapleton Park; 7-9 a.m., 5K race and fun run, Central Bank; 7-10 a.m., breakfast, cash only; 9-10 a.m., parade, begins at Mapleton Jr. High; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., activities and entertainment, City Park; 10- 2 p.m., lunch, cash only; 6-7 p.m., dinner in the park; 7-8 p.m., helicopter ping pong ball drop; 8 p.m., The JD Shepherd Band; 8:30-10 p.m., Trent Willmon Band; 10 p.m., fireworks. All daytime events are held at the downtown City Park, while all evening events are held at the Ira Allan Park.
For more information, visit www.mapleton.org.
SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre: July 24, 8 p.m., Rodney Atkins concert, $20 for adults, $15 for ages three to 11, seniors age 65 and older and students. The Theatre is located at 699 S. State, Orem.
For more information, call 801-225-2787 or visit www.scera.org.
Provo: July 24, all day, Pioneer Day Extravaganza featuring crafts, food, games, music, entertainment, Mountain Man Encampment and more, North Park, 500 N. 500 West.
For more information, visit www.provo.org.
Charleston: July 24, 6:45, flag raising ceremony; 7-10 a.m., breakfast, Charleston Town Park, donations; 9:45 p.m., fireworks.
For more information, visit www.gohebervalley.com.
Heber: July 24, 8 p.m., "Fiddlers 'n Fireworks," Heber Valley Railroad Depot, 450 S. 600 West, $38 for adults, $24 for children.
For more information, call 435-654-5601 or visit www.hebervalleyrr.org.
Washington: July 24, 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Pioneer Day Celebration, Veterans Park, 75 E. Telegraph, free; 9 p.m., firework display, Washington City Community Center, 350 N. Community Center Drive, free.
For more information, visit www.new.washingtoncity.org.
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Ogden: July 19, 2 p.m., Miss Rodeo Utah Horsemanship Competition, Golden Spike Arena; 7:30 p.m., Rodeo, Ogden Pioneer Stadium. July 20, 7:30 p.m., Rodeo, Ogden Pioneer Stadium; July 21, 9 a.m., Miss Rodeo Utah Speeches, Ogden Marriott Hotel; 7:30 p.m., Rodeo, Ogden Pioneer Stadium. July 22, 8 p.m., "Restless Heart" concert, Ogden Amphitheater. July 23, 10:30 a.m., Miss Rodeo Utah reception, silent auction and fashion show, David Eccles Conference Center; 6 p.m., Miss Rodeo Utah Freestyle Horsemanship Competition, Ogden Pioneer Stadium; 6:30 p.m., Coca Cola All Stars, Ogden Pioneer Stadium; 7:30 p.m., PRCA Rodeo. July 24, 9 a.m., parade, Washington Blvd 35th to 20th street; 6:30 p.m., pre-rodeo events and entertainment, Ogden Pioneer Stadium, 7:30 p.m., PRCA Rodeo, Ogden Pioneer Stadium; 8:30 p.m., Miss Rodeo Utah Coronation, 8:30 p.m., Ogden Pioneer Stadium. Fireworks will follow the rodeo.
For more information, visit www.ogdenpioneerdays.com.