Top Activities in Utah on July 24th (Pioneer Day!)

If you’re looking for 24th of July activities in Utah you’ve come to the right place! Living in Utah for over 20 years has given me a deep appreciation for the unique beauty and community spirit of our state. After the long, snowy winter months, summer in Utah feels like a breath of fresh air. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, I’m a warm-weather girl which really makes me appreciate Utah’s warm sun, landscapes, hikes, water sports and many other fun outdoor activities besides winter skiing. 

If we haven’t met yet, my name is Janice Thomas and I’m a REALTOR in Northern Utah. I’m beyond grateful you’ve landed in my little corner of the Internet.  How I ended up in Utah from Puerto Rico is a long story and one that is probably all too common :)- having to do with the Mormon church, BYU, eventually getting married and raising a family in this beautiful state. Sound familiar:)?

 While the 4th of July marks the end of summer celebrations for most people in America, Utahns get to enjoy one more holiday. The celebration of Pioneer Day on July 24th is one of the highlights of our summers in Utah. And yes that means that for better or worse, we get to hear fireworks throughout all of July in Utah!

What Is Pioneer Day?

Pioneer Day on July 24th is one of the most cherished holidays in Utah, celebrating the arrival of the Mormon pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley. Having lived in Utah for two-plus decades, I’ve come to appreciate the rich history and community spirit that make this day special. Here are my top 10 recommended activities to enjoy on Pioneer Day in Utah, as of summer of 2024.

10 Top Activities in Utah on July 24th

1. Pioneer Day Parade

A classic! Start your day with the iconic Pioneer Day Parade in downtown Salt Lake City along State Street and South Temple. This grand parade features colorful floats, marching bands, and engaging performances. It’s a wonderful way to kick off the Pioneer Day festivities with your friends and family and see the community come together. Find the details on the Pioneer Day Parade–> here!

2. Liberty Park Celebrations

Liberty Park is the heart of many Pioneer Day events, offering live music, delicious food vendors, bounce houses, and a variety of pioneer games. It’s the perfect spot for the entire family to gather and celebrate. I love the sense of community and fun that fills the park on this special day. Click here for the details of the events in July 2024!

3. Days of '47 Rodeo

For an adrenaline-packed experience, head to the Utah State Fairpark for the Days of ’47 Rodeo. This professional rodeo showcases thrilling bull riding, horse races, and other rodeo events. It’s a fantastic way to honor the pioneering spirit of the American West while enjoying some high-energy entertainment. Get the details at this link!

4. This Is the Place Heritage Park

Visit This Is the Place Heritage Park to immerse yourself in pioneer history. The Pioneer Village offers hands-on pioneer games, crafts, and historical reenactments that transport you back in time. It’s both educational and entertaining, making it a must-visit for families. Grab your tickets here!

5. Fireworks Shows

End your Pioneer Day with a dazzling fireworks display. Liberty Park and Temple Square host some of the best Pioneer Day fireworks celebrations, lighting up the night sky in a brilliant display. Besides these, there are fireworks in nearly every county in Utah on July 24th. Come early, bring a blanket, and enjoy the show with friends and family—it’s the perfect way to finish off a full day of food, sun, and celebrations!

6. Ogden Pioneer Days

Ogden Pioneer Days is one of my favorite multi-day celebrations. Held at the Ogden Pioneer Stadium, it features parades, a professional rodeo, and a grand fireworks show. Additional activities like the fun run and live band performances make this event a true celebration of our pioneer heritage. Get all the info here!

7. Bountiful Handcart Days

Bountiful Handcart Days at North Park offers a variety of Pioneer Day events, including a pioneer parade, car show, and live entertainment. Enjoy tasty treats from local food trucks and participate in the fun activities—all with free admission. It’s a great way to experience local culture and community spirit. Get the details here!

8. Heber Valley Railroad

Take a scenic ride on the Heber Valley Railroad for a unique Pioneer Day experience. This historical train ride offers beautiful views and themed activities that highlight Utah’s pioneer heritage. It’s a relaxing way to celebrate the day. Grab your tickets here!

9. American West Heritage Center

Visit the American West Heritage Center in Cache Valley for a day filled with pioneer games, live music, and demonstrations of pioneer skills. This center is a gem that beautifully showcases our pioneering spirit in a stunning natural setting. Get more info here!

10. Demolition Derby and More

Looking for some action-packed fun? Check out a demolition derby at locations like the Sevier County Fairgrounds- about 47 miles south of Provo! Events feature yard games, petting zoos, and local food vendors, making them a hit with the entire family. It’s a lively and exciting way to celebrate Pioneer Day. Check the details for 2024 here!

Tips for a Memorable Pioneer Day

  • Stay Hydrated: Keep water handy to stay refreshed.
  • Wear Sunscreen: Protect yourself from the sun’s rays to enjoy the day comfortably.
  • Plan Ahead: Popular events can get crowded, so arrive early to secure a good spot.

Having lived in Utah for as long as I have I can confidently say that Pioneer Day is a unique and wonderful celebration, whether you’re new to Utah or a long-time resident, and whether or not you’re Mormon. So, join me and embrace the pioneering spirit, enjoy the festivities, and create lasting memories with your loved ones!

What do you think? Which of these will you be checking out this year? Pin this image and share it with anyone looking to have fun in Utah on Pioneer Day!

One of the highlights of our summers in Utah is the celebration of Pioneer Day on July 24th. While the 4th of July marks the end of summer celebrations for most people in America, Utahns get to enjoy one more holiday. That means that for better or worse, we get to hear fireworks throughout all of July in Utah!

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