Pioneer Day Utah is a day of fun, fireworks, parades, and more throughout the state of Utah, but especially in the capital of Salt Lake City.
Pioneer Day History and Facts
Pioneer Day Utah is celebrated on the July 24 each year (on July 25 if the date falls on a Sunday) to mark the day in 1847 when Brigham Young led the first group of Mormon pioneers into the Valley of the Great Salt Lake. The day was first celebrated in 1849. Although the Days of 47 Parade Salt Lake City is the one of the largest and most important of the events, the observance of the founding of the Mormon homeland is celebrated throughout the state and the Mormon cultural region.
Many of the large events are held in Salt Lake City’s downtown area, around Temple Square. There is a youth fair with midway games and amusement rides in large Liberty Park after the three-hour parade. You will find similar celebrations, complete with rodeos, balls, and parades throughout the state, including the city of Ogden and even the skiing mecca of Park City.
Pioneer Day Utah Tickets and Events
The Days of 47 Parade Salt Lake City is free, as are all the parades held around the state on that day. You will see numerous colorful floats, marching bands, horses, pioneer wagons, antique vehicles, clowns, and much more. There are other events that can require tickets occurring from the beginning of July. There is a Commemoration Concert featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir that is free, but requires tickets as seating is limited. There is a Days of 47 Rodeo held for several days before the parade, and ending on the parade day. Tickets are available at a number of locations for the bronc riding, bull roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and other events. The Brother Brigham Ball in This is the Place Heritage Park requires tickets that can be purchased the evening of the event. Two days before the Pioneer Day Utah Parade 2016, you can visit Heritage Park for an authentic glimpse of what pioneer life was like at a village of 40 original and replica homes and businesses with costumed interpreters.
Directions to Pioneer Day Utah
The Days of 47 Parade Salt Lake City route begins at South Temple and State Street, in the area of Temple Square. It heads east on 200 East, south to 900 South, and then east again to Liberty Park. To get to Temple Square, take I-80 Exit 306 to W 600 S, take a left onto SW Temple, and make a right onto W South Temple. Be aware some streets may be closed down for events of the day. Parking farther away and walking in may be the perfect option.
Pioneer Day Utah Lodging
Lodging for the Pioneer Day Utah Parade 2016 can be as free as viewing the event, as camping out on the Salt Lake City streets along the route the night before is allowed. Bring the kids, sleeping bags, food, and plenty of water. If you are in a different city, check the regulations. If you want to park yourself in one of the Salt Lake City hotels located right along the parade route, you can try the historic Hotel Monaco at 15 West 200 South, a couple blocks south of Temple Square. This Downtown hotel offers 225 rooms and suites, a fully equipped fitness center, and places you within walking distance of many of the city's most iconic attractions. There are other hotels on or near the parade route, and you have a wide choice of lodging near other venues. Public transportation on the TRAX Metro System is excellent, so you don't necessarily need to be located right next to many of the venues.