Pioneer Day is an official Utah holiday celebrated on July 24, which is the day that Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley back in 1847. Utahns celebrate it similar to the 4th of July with fireworks and live entertainment. Here are a few of the events that will be going on throughout Utah this weekend.
The Days of ’47 is one of the most popular events celebrating Pioneer Day. Events started back in April 2017 with a Royalty Pageant, and they continue on until July 24. The Days of ’47 Komatsu Equipment Rodeo starts on July 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., and there will be a rodeo each evening through July 22, and then one more on July 24 at the Days of ’47 Arena at Utah State Fair Park. The parade will be on July 24, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in downtown Salt Lake City. Tickets for the rodeo are available at Smith’s Tix.
This is the Place Heritage Park presents their 2017 Pioneer Days starting this weekend on July 22, 2017. Skymasters Wildlife will be entertaining attendees with a bird show, and there will also be Native American dancing at the Bowery. All events are family friendly, so bring the kids as well. Tickets are $12.95 for adults, $10.95 for seniors, $8.95 for children (3-11), and free to kids 2 and under.
If you want to get to slightly cooler temperatures for the weekend before the 24th of July, there will be concerts in Park City that you can escape to. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in concert with the Utah Symphony will be performing at Deer Valley Resort at 7:00 p.m. on July 22. Tickets are available on the Utah Symphony/Utah Opera Web site. Grammy nominee Aloe Blacc will be performing at Deer Valley on July 23 at 7:00 p.m. For more information on Aloe Blacc’s concert, please visit the Park City Institute Web site.
Please keep in mind that there are firework restrictions for Salt Lake due to the hot and dry conditions throughout the valley. For information on firework restrictions, please visit the Salt Lake City Fire Department Web site.