This is Still the Place! Activities to Enjoy During Pioneer Days in Utah


April R.
July 6th, 2023

If you’re new to Utah, Pioneer Days may seem like a holiday out of the ordinary. The beehive state has a rich history deeply rooted in pioneer heritage. Every year, the state celebrates Pioneer Days, a vibrant and lively festival commemorating the arrival of the Mormon pioneers to the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847. While the Mormon pioneers laid the foundation for the state, the festivities on Pioneer Days celebrate all who have found their way to Utah. It’s an event for the senses, packed with parades, concerts, rodeos, and historical reenactments. Every event exudes a pioneer spirit. So, join in as we explore some of the fascinating and fun activities this unique holiday has to offer.

The Days of 47 Parade!

To kickstart the celebration Utahns will gather downtown for an awe-inspiring parade of brightly colored floats, marching bands, bedazzled horses, entertainers, and intricate costumes. It’s one of the oldest traditions in the United States, and a spectacle to behold! The procession begins at South Temple and State Street, runs east to 200 East, turns south to 900 South, then heads east to Liberty Park, in the center of the city. Some locals and tourists will camp along the parade route to ensure they have a prime viewing spot. If you’re not keen on camping, just arrive early in the morning, and bring your camera!

The Utah Days of 47 Rodeo

Utah’s wild western roots come alive again in a thrilling, adrenaline-fueled rodeo showcasing some of the most skilled athletes in the nation. You can expect to witness bull riding, barrel racing, and team roping. Watch as cowboys and cowgirls compete for the title in this iconic, western tradition. The excitement begins with family-friendly pre-rodeo activities such as pony rides, live music, mechanical bull rides, cultural exhibits, and lots of craft vendors. Head over to the rodeo grounds on July 19-22 and again on the 24th.

Visit This is the Place Heritage Park

This family park is open to the public year-round to commemorate the pioneers. But it’s especially exciting during the Pioneer Days festival. Teaming with old-timey fun like a candy cannon that covers the streets in old-fashioned saltwater taffy; pony rides; gold panning; train rides; and pioneer games. If you don’t make it to the This is the Place Heritage Park during Pioneer Days, be sure to check it out later. It’s well worth the short drive up the mountain!

Salt Lake City Drone Show

As an alternative to their traditional fireworks show, Salt Lake lights up the night sky with a spectacular display of flashy drones. Join the at Liberty Park after dark.
Utahns look forward to Pioneer Days as a time to celebrate the state’s rich history and remember the resilience of its pioneer settlers. Whether you’re seeking a thrill at the rodeo, historical immersion at This is the Place Heritage Park or a spectacular parade, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So, strap on your boots and go wildly west at Pioneer Days this year!

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