On July 24, 1847, the first group of pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley with Brigham Young confidently declaring, “This is the right place.”
After persevering through a journey of approximately 1,300 miles, these pioneers finally had a place to call home and establish roots.
“Whether you’re LDS or not, everyone can draw strength from the pioneers' endurance and fortitude,” said Jodene Smith, co-chair of the Days of ’47 parade committee.
And that is exactly what Days of ’47 Inc. intends to celebrate with its annual parade.
The parade is known for its longevity. It holds the distinction of being one of the oldest parades in America, according to the organization’s website. It first began in 1849, two years after the pioneers entered the valley, and has continued almost consecutively except for a few years during times of war.
Although its route has changed slightly over the years, Smith said the parade has maintained the tradition of beginning at the Brigham Young monument on Temple Square.
“When they moved the monument from Main to State, we then shifted our start location as well to continue the legacy of beginning at the monument,” Smith said.
Paradegoers can look forward to 125 entries this year based on the theme “Pioneers: Pushing Toward Our Future,” including members of the Marine Corps, children from Make-A-Wish and plenty of elaborately decorated floats.
The route starts at South Temple and State Street, then goes east to 200 East, turns south to 900 South, then turns east to 600 East. The route ends at Liberty Park. Spots along the parade route can be saved beginning at 6 p.m. on July 23.
“Find a good spot, have lots of water, good shade and sit back and enjoy,” Smith said.
Many other Pioneer Day celebrations in addition to the Days of ’47 parade will take place around the state. Here is a list of other family-friendly celebrations throughout Utah listed by county. (Note: This is not an all-inclusive list).
Beaver: July 24, 6:45 a.m., Tushar Mountain Park; 9:30 a.m., parade; 11 a.m.-1 p.m., dinner, family history tent and games, City Park; 2 p.m., horse races, Canyon Breeze Race Track; 8 p.m., rodeo; 9:45 p.m., fireworks, Tushar Mountain Park; July 25, 2 p.m., horse races, Canyon Breeze Race Track; 8 p.m., rodeo; July 26, 9 a.m., 5K color fun run, Beaver softball fourplex (435-438-5081)
Box Elder County
Tremonton: July 25, 5 p.m., barbecue contest and booths, Shuman Park, 200 N. Tremont St.; 9 p.m., outdoor screening of “The Lego Movie”; July 26, 7:30 a.m., 5K run, North Park, 100 W. 600 North; 8 a.m., breakfast; 9 a.m., booths, Shuman Park; 9 a.m., volleyball and Wiffle Ball tournaments, Stevens Park, 670 N. 100 West; 10 a.m., bounce house rides, Shuman Park; 1 p.m., lunch and fashion show, BRV Museum, 11 E. Main; 7:30 p.m., concert, Shuman Park; 10 p.m., fireworks, Stevens Park (435-257-9500 or tremontoncity.com)
Logan: July 24, 7 a.m., fun run, Willow Horseshoe Park, 500 W. 700 South; 7:30-10 a.m., pancake breakfast, Willow Park, 450 S. 700 South; 9 a.m., basketball, horseshoe and soccer tournaments, Willow Horseshoe Park; 10 a.m.-dark, booths, Willow Park; noon, parade, ends at Willow Park; 1 p.m., play land and car show, Willow Park; 8:30 p.m., Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband; 10 p.m., fireworks (435-716-9250 or loganutah.org)
North Logan: July 23, 7 p.m., 5K, fun run and splash pad, Meadow View Park, 2750 N. 300 East; July 24, 7 a.m., flag ceremony and breakfast, Elk Ridge Park, 1060 E. 2500 North; 8-9 a.m., fishing contest, King Park Pond, 2300 E. 1900 North; 10 a.m., parade, ends at Mountain View Park, 1100 E. 2100 North; 11 a.m.-1 p.m., pioneer games, food and entertainment; 6 p.m., barbecue and concert, Elk Ridge Park; 8:45 p.m., outdoor screening of “Despicable Me 2”; 10 p.m., fireworks (435-752-1310 or www.ci.north-logan.ut.us)
Wellsville: July 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Pioneer Festival, American West Heritage Center, 4025 S. Highway 89-91, $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, students and military, $5 for children ages 3-11 (435-245-6050 or awhc.org)
Antelope Island State Park: July 26, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Pioneer Day Celebration, including games, wool processing demonstrations and guided tours (801-649-5742 or antelopeisland.utah.gov)
Bountiful: July 23, noon-10 p.m., games, food and activities, Bountiful City Park, 400 N. 200 West; 1-9 p.m., entertainment; 6 p.m., Main Street parade; dusk, fireworks, Mueller Park Jr. High, 955 E. 1800 South; July 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., food, games, entertainment and activities, Bountiful City Park (handcartdays.org)
Kaysville: July 24, 6:30-10:30 a.m., breakfast, Bowman’s Market, 326 N. Main, $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 12 and under, $20 for families of up to six people (801-544-1788 or www.kaysvillecity.com)
Layton: July 24, 4-7 p.m., Taste of the Town, Layton Commons Park, tickets are $1 each or $10 for 12; 8 p.m., Riders in the Sky, Ed Kenley Amphitheater, 403 N. Wasatch Drive, free (www.davischamberofcommerce.com/tot and 801-336-3900 or laytoncity.org)
Salt Lake County
Cottonwood Heights: July 23, Butlerville Days, 5 p.m., inflatables, rock wall and food booths, Butler Park, 7500 S. 2700 East; dusk, outdoor screening of “The Lego Movie”; July 24, 7 a.m., 5K race; 2-9 p.m., inflatables and rock wall; 3 p.m., parade; 3-7 p.m., car show; 9:45 p.m., fireworks (801-550-8225 or cottonwoodheights.utah.gov)
Downtown Salt Lake: July 23, 7 p.m., Days of ’47 Rodeo, EnergySolutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple; July 24, 5:30 a.m., Deseret News Classic marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K; 9 a.m., Days of ’47 Parade, route begins at South Temple and State Street, runs east to 200 East, turns south to 900 South, then turns east to Liberty Park at 600 East (daysof47.com)
Liberty Park: July 24, Native American Celebration, noon-10 p.m., includes food booths, arts, crafts and entertainment; 10 p.m., fireworks (801-972-7800)
Pioneer Memorial Museum: July 24, noon-4 p.m., 300 N. Main, crafts and activities (dupinternational.org)
Red Butte Garden: July 24, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Pioneer Day free admission (801-585-0556 or redbuttegarden.org)
Temple Square: July 24, 7 a.m., sunrise service, Tabernacle, free (daysof47.com)
This Is the Place Heritage Park: July 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Pioneer Days, 2601 Sunnyside Ave., $11 for adults, $8 for children ages 3-11 and seniors, free for children under 3 (801-582-1847 or thisistheplace.org)
Trolley Square: July 24, 7 p.m., Whole Foods, 544 S. 700 East, free firework viewing location (801-924-9060)
West Jordan: July 24-25, Utah Pioneer Days, noon-10:30 p.m., activities, food, entertainment and booths, Veterans Memorial Park, 1985 W. 7800 South; 8 p.m. youth pioneer production, West Jordan Arena, 8125 S. 2200 West; 10 p.m., fireworks; July 26, 9 a.m., 1K race, Veterans Memorial Park; 9-11 a.m., breakfast; 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m., activities, food, entertainment and booths; 8 p.m., youth pioneer production, West Jordan Arena; 10 p.m., fireworks (utahpioneerdays.com)
San Juan County
Monticello: July 25, 4 p.m., vendors in the park, Veterans Memorial Park; 7 p.m., concert; July 26, 6:30 a.m., 5K run and children’s race, Lloyds Lake; 10:30 a.m., parade, begins at Monticello High School; dusk, fireworks (435-459-9700)
Centerfield: July 23, 6 p.m., parade; 7 p.m., dinner and musical program at Centerfield Church Park (435-528-5852)
Fairview: July 23, 7 p.m., ATV Rodeo, rodeo arena; July 24, 6:30 a.m, 5K and fun run, Fairview Dance Hall; 7 a.m., breakfast, Dance Hall pavilion; 9 a.m., craft fair, Center Street; 11 a.m., parade, State Street; noon, lunch, Dance Hall pavilion; 1-4 p.m., car show, Fairview Museum of History and Art; 7 p.m., demolition derby, rodeo arena; 10 p.m., fireworks (435-427-3858 or fairviewcity.com)
Mayfield: July 24, 10 a.m., parade; 11 a.m., games, food and entertainment, Mayfield City Park; 2 p.m., duck race (435-528-5700)
Spring City: July 24, 7 a.m., fun run, begins at City Hall; 7-9 a.m., breakfast, Spring City Fire Department; 10 a.m., parade; 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., children’s carnival, Spring City Park; noon-1 p.m., lunch and live music; 1:30-2:30 p.m., children’s games; 7 p.m., concert; July 26, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., car show, Spring City Park (sanpete.com)
Sterling: July 24, 7 a.m., breakfast, church pavilion; 10 a.m., parade; 11:30 a.m., lunch and children’s games, Sterling Town Park; dusk, fireworks (435-835-5553)
Tooele: July 24, 7-9 p.m., hotdogs and pioneer games, Swimming Pool Park, 260 W. Vine Street; 9 p.m., outdoor movie (tooelecity.org)
Vernal: July 24, 10 a.m., parade, Main Street; 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Uintah County Fair, Western Park Convention Center, 300 E. 200 South; 7 p.m., Charley Jenkins in concert with Eric Dodge; July 25-26, Uintah County Fair, event times vary (435-789-1352 or uintahcountyfair.com)
Lehi: July 24, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Foam Day, Lehi Sports Park, 2000 W. 700 South (801-768-7100 or www.lehi-ut.gov)
Mapleton: July 24, 6:30-7 a.m., flag ceremony, Mapleton City Park, Maple Street and Main Street; 7 a.m., 5K and fun run, Mapleton City Building, 125 W. Community Center Way; 7-10 a.m., breakfast, Mapleton City Park; 9 a.m., parade, begins at Mapleton Jr. High; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., activities, games and entertainment, Mapleton City Park; 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., lunch; 5-6:30 p.m., dinner, Ira Allan Park, 1728 S. 800 West; 8:15 p.m., The Party Crashers concert; 10 p.m., fireworks (801-489-5655 or mapleton.org)
Orem: July 24, Orem Owlz vs. Idaho Falls Chukars, 7:05 p.m., Brent Brown Ballpark, UVU; fireworks following the game (801-377-2255)
Provo: July 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Pioneer Day Extravaganza, including games, crafts and food, North Park, 500 N. 500 West (801-852-6600 or provo.org)
Spanish Fork: July 23, 4-10:30 p.m., carnival, Spanish Fork city offices, 40 S. Main; 7 p.m., Fiesta Days Rodeo pre-show activities; 8 p.m., rodeo, Spanish Fork Fairgrounds, 745 S. Main; July 24, 7-9:30 a.m., breakfast, City Park, 49 S. Main; 9 a.m.-11 p.m., craft fair, City Center; 9 a.m., parade; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., quilt show, Jones-Hughes Pioneer Park, 143 S. Main; carnival, 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Spanish Fork city offices; 7 p.m., Fiesta Days Rodeo pre-show activities; 8 p.m., rodeo; 10:30 p.m., fireworks, Spanish Fork Sports Park, 295 W. Volunteer Drive (801-804-4500 or www.spanishfork.org)
Charleston: July 24, 6:45 a.m., flag ceremony, Charleston Park; 7 a.m., 5K and 10K run; 7-9 a.m., breakfast; dusk, fireworks (www.charlestonutah.org)
Heber: July 24, 7 p.m., “Fiddlers ’n Fireworks,” Heber Valley Railroad Depot, 450 S. 600 West, $35 for adults, $20 for children (435-654-6501 or hebervalleyrr.org)
Pine Valley: July 24, 8:30 a.m., pancake breakfast, Historic Pine Valley Chapel; 9 a.m., speaker; 9:30 a.m., games and activities (pinevalleyblog.blogspot.com)1 comment on this story
Washington: July 24, Days of ’47 Dixie Celebration, 7 a.m., flag raising, Veterans Park, 75 E. Telegraph St.; 7:30 a.m., breakfast; 9 a.m., parade; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., celebrations at Veterans Park and Willard O. Nisson Park, 251 W. Telegraph St.; 9:30 p.m., fireworks, Washington Community Center, 200 N. 300 East (435-656-6360 or daysof47.com/events/days-of-47-dixie-celebration)
Ogden: July 23, 6:30 p.m., pre-rodeo activities, Ogden Pioneer Stadium, 668 17th St.; 7:30 p.m., PRCA Rodeo; July 24, 9 a.m., parade, Washington Boulevard; 6:30 p.m., pre-rodeo activities, Ogden Pioneer Stadium; 7:30 p.m., PRCA Rodeo; fireworks following the rodeo (ogdenpioneerdays.com)
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