6 events to celebrate Pioneer Day in Utah Valley

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A volunteer dressed in pioneer attire plays an instrument during Provo’s Pioneer Day celebration. (Photo by Rebecca Lane/UV360)

July 24 marks the day the Mormon pioneers rolled into Salt Lake Valley after traveling across the plains. In 1847, the pioneers settled Utah and each year Utahns celebrate the beginning of their state. Here are six events where you can circle your wagons with family and friends to celebrate Utah’s birthday.

Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Grand Parade

Kick off the day with a kick to your step at the Speedy Spaniard. If 6:30 a.m. is too early, then start your day with the Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Grand Parade at 9 a.m. along Center St. and Main St. Then enjoy festivities at various locations. The day will conclude with fireworks at the Sports Park.

When: July 13–28
Where: Spanish Fork
Cost: Varies
Site: spanishfork.org

Temple to Temple Run

Lace up your shoes and sing as you run, and run, and run, and run. While the Temple to Temple Run doesn’t require pulling a handcart, it does take its race across the valley. Plus, the race is 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
Site: templetotemplerun.org

Pioneer Day Extravaganza

If you could turn back time to the pioneer days, it would look like Provo’s Pioneer Day Extravaganza. Pan for gold, enter a sack race, lasso a bull and play other pioneer games. Or participate in a contest for pie eating, root beer chugging or the Pie-oneer Cook Off. And, of course, Pioneer Village will be open for a tour of old-fashioned life. See a schedule of events here.

When: July 24 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: North Park, 500 N. 500 W.
Cost: FREE
Site: provocityevents.com

Summer Splash Party

Start the afternoon off with bounce houses, entertainment, food and shopping. Then finish off the night with a performance by James the Mormon at 8:30 p.m., which will be followed by a fireworks show. In an effort to limit water use, Lehi is replacing its annual Foam Day with Summer Splash Party this year.

When: July 24 from 4–10 p.m.
Where: Ivory Ridge Park (8323-8399 W. 3200 N. in Lehi)
Cost: FREE
Site: lehi-ut.gov

American Fork Pioneer Day Celebration

The Daughters of Utah Pioneers are hosting a celebration honoring Utah’s heritage. With 22 stations dedicated to games and activities, the event will be a step back in history. Some period appropriate activities include tours of historic cabins and a buggy barn.

When: July 24 from 1–5 p.m.
Where: Robinson Park in American Fork
Cost: FREE
Site: lehi-ut.gov

University Place Fireworks Show

University Place is going to light up the sky with a choreographed firework show. Prior to the firework show, enjoy festivities including games, contests and performances by Tomas Hernandez, Kenya Clark and Route 89. Grab your blankets and lawn chairs, but remember that you can’t save spots until 5 p.m. on July 24.

When: July 24 from 6 p.m.–After dusk
Where: The Orchard at University Place
Cost: FREE
Site: universityplaceorem.com

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