Pioneer Day predates Utah statehood, celebrating the day that Brigham Young and the first pioneers settled in the Salt Lake valley. Although there are strong Latter-Day Saint ties to Pioneer Day, it is a celebration of all people and religions and the ancestors that settled here to worship however they chose. A true celebration of freedom of religion and independence.
To commemorate Pioneer Day, we have created a list of the top Pioneer activities you can do to celebrate with your family this year.
1. Pioneer Day Extravaganza- Celebrate in one of Utah County’s largest Pioneer Day celebrations at North park, July 23rd, 10AM-2PM in Provo (500 N. 500 W.) There will be lots to choose from with pie cooking contests, farmer’s market, entertainment, games for kids, and much more!
2. Mapleton Pioneer Day Celebration- Enjoy all the festivities including a parade, 5k run, food, entertainment, fireworks, games and more.
3. Orem Owlz vs Billings- Catch a baseball game July 25 at 7:05pm with fireworks to follow after the game!
4. Pioneer Day Temple to Temple 5k Run- Largest race in Utah and registration is free! Unless you want a t-shirt then it’s $8.
5. Central Utah Valley Western Heritage Night- Payson Peteetneet Amphitheatre is hosting a heritage night with live music featuring Billy Dean, Many Strings, Ken & Jerye, and Frontier Marshals. There will also be a dutch oven dinner, doesn’t get much more Pioneer than that! Get tickets here!
6. Lehi Foam Day- Party with spraying foam everywhere! There will also be live music, bounce houses, food and more. July 23rd, 11AM-4PM
7. Jiggle Fest- It will be as hilarious and fun as it sounds! Giant food fights with jello, and food cook offs will happen at Ashton Gardens in Lehi July 23rd, 10AM-4PM
8. Downtown Provo - did you know you can do a walking tour of downtown Provo? Download the map here
9. Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum - located in Provo, this museum is the perfect FREE activity for the family http://bit.ly/13T5hrr
10. Orem City Heritage Museum - Enjoy an impressive 30,000-piece collection of unique history at this museum. Admission is free
11. Rowley's South Ridge Farms - after exploring the farm, stop by their red barn to enjoy fresh fruit and some delicious ice cream!
12. BYU Family History Library - with links to hundreds of records and volunteer expert consultants, this library provides the tools necessary to search for your family.
13. Fort Utah Park - located off of Geneva Road in Provo, enjoy a day at the park with the family at a historic piece of land
14. Sundance Resort - learn about the Stewart family and their immigration into the area by visiting the beautiful Sundance Resort
15. Crandall Historical Printing Museum - this unique one-of-a-kind museum is the only one like it. It offers a museum of printing methods as well as hands-on exhibits. It is a living documentary of the role the written and printed word has had on history