While the relatively cooler temperatures and recent showers have extinguished most large wildfires in the state, officials advise campers and fireworks enthusiasts to be careful and mindful of restrictions as the potential for fires still exists.
Celebrating with parades
Parades and activities abound this Pioneer Day holiday, including the Days of ’47, recalling Utah’s early pioneers with a variety of events culminating with parades in several cities statewide on July 24.
The holiday commemorates the 1847 trek of Brigham Young and a company of Mormon pioneers who first entered the Salt Lake Valley pulling handcarts and driving wagons with oxen or horses. The trek exemplified the courage, foresight and faith of the early Utah pioneers.
Salt Lake City will host the largest celebration with a parade in downtown on Tuesday. Friday The City of Bountiful’s Handcart Days parade gets under way. For information regarding nearby events, visit the website of the local municipality.
“Pioneer Day is an example of our heritage,” said deputy director Tracy Cayford. “When people are traveling, they are looking for that authentic experience. This allows people to come and experience our pioneer culture.”
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