The 24th of July marks the day Utah was settled. In 1847, Mormon pioneers arrived in Salt Lake Valley. Here’s how you can celebrate Utah’s birthday in Utah Valley:
Temple to Temple Run
Lace up your shoes in the morning and do what the pioneers did — travel by foot. While the Temple to Temple Run doesn’t require pulling a handcart, it does take its race across the valley. Plus, the race can be free if you don’t want a shirt or a time chip, but you do have to register.
When: July 24 from 8 a.m.
Where: North Temple Dr (2300 North) and 1200 East.
Cost: FREE – $13
Fiesta Days Grand Parade
Stake out your spot for the Fiesta Days Grand Parade. The route takes these parade walkers down Center St. and Main St. in Spanish Fork (see map here). Longtime residents Leonard and Loa Ellis are the grand marshals. Read more about them here.
When: July 24
Where: Spanish Fork Fairgrounds Arena, other various locations
Cost: Varies per event
Lehi’s annual tradition of celebrating Pioneer Day had to include spraying a whole lot of foam everywhere. There will be inflatables, entertainment and vendors during the whole event, but the foam sprays will be from 1-3 p.m. and free watermelon will be offered at 3 p.m. Be sure to bring goggles, but if you don’t have any, there will be some to purchase at the event.
When: July 24 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Lehi Sports Park
Pioneer Day Extravaganza
If you want to want to walk, talk and live like those blessed, honored pioneers who settled in Utah, then Provo’s Pioneer Day Extravaganza is the way to go. Enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, chugging root beer, playing pioneer games, participating in pioneer demos, watching the prairie animal show, eating some pie, learning to dance and, of course, enjoying the holiday. If that is not enough for you, the event is also free!
When: July 24 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: North Park, 500 N. 500 W.
PYROneer Day at the Park
For all you pyromaniacs out there, this event is for you. This event will have a free concert, food trucks and some amazing fireworks. Threaded Leather Co. is ready to host their event for the fifth year in a row. Venga is sponsoring the event, and local businesses are displaying their wares at booths. Motion Coaster will be performing all night, so bring your dancing shoes!
When: July 24 from 8-10:30 p.m.
Where: Sertoma South Field
“That’s what (we) love about (Monday).” After canceling last year’s SCERA concert for a family tragedy, country singer Craig Morgan is coming to the SCERA for the concert that never happened.
When: July 24
Where: SCERA Shell