Written by: Kristine Prattnews@abc4.com
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - It's the end of July and that means Pioneer Day and the Days of '47. This year is full of fun activities for the entire family to enjoy along the Wasatch Front.
July 20th-25th, the Days of '47 Rodeo is going on at the E Center in West Valley. The yearly event is consistently voted as one of the top rodeos in the country. This year's entertainment includes "Whiplash", a monkey that rides a sheep dog and herds sheep around the arena, and all the classic rodeo events from bull riding to wild cow milking. For tickets, click here
July 20th-21st holds the Days of '47 Float Preview Party at the South Towne Expo Center. All the technicians and creators of all the floats will be there to show you how the entire parade all comes together. You can even vote for your favorite float for the "People's Choice Award:" and the "Children's Choice Award".
On the big day itself, there are plenty of activities to enjoy. In the morning you can entertain yourself with the Deseret News' Marathon/10K/5K Fitness Walk. All participants will receive a t-shirt and a souvenir. To register click here
Also on the morning of the 24th, the Pioneer Chapter of the Sons of Utah pioneers will present a Sunrise Service on Temple Square to honor the pioneers. A flag ceremony and choir concert will begin the day at 7am in the Tabernacle.
And the headlining event: the Days of '47 Grand Parade in downtown Salt Lake begins at 9am. The Parade route
runs along South Temple and State Street and east to 200 East, then turns south to 900 South, then turns east to Liberty Park at 600 East. Bleacher seats in front of the Salt Lake Library are available for $7 from the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. Each year many families camp out along the parade route to ensure a great seat for the parade.
July 24th-25th plays host to the Pioneer Heritage Festival at This is the Place Heritage Park. Open from 9am-5pm, the Festival shows what life was like for the 19th Century Pioneers and the early Utah settlers.
The Salt Lake Bees are at home from July 21st-27th. Some fun activities are planned every night with fireworks going on after the game the 23rd-25th.
And at Liberty Park, and Intertribal Powwow starts at noon. And fireworks end the big day at dark.
Outside Salt Lake County, plenty of things are going on too. SCERA Shell Theater in Orem hosts Collin Raye and Restless Heart at 8pm. Tickets are $15 and $12 for children, students, and seniors.
The Lehi Fire Department is hosting a day full of foam, water games, fire trucks, and watermelon from 2-4pm at the Lehi Sports Complex.
Down the road in Spanish Fork, Fiesta Days go the entire week of the 24th. The
Midway West Carnival and Fiesta Days rodeo run July 22nd-25th. Grand Parade starts at 9am with concerts on the Liberty Stage throughout the entire day. And of course, no major city-wide celebration is complete without fireworks at the SF Sports Park. Many more activities are going on the entire week, sure to entertain.
Bountiful is celebrating Handcart Days with food entertainment and games at Bountiful City Park all day on the 24th. From 8am-10pm South Davis Recreation Center has free public swimming if you need a cool down. The Grand Parade starts July 23rd at 6pm on Main Street.
Ogden celebrates 75 years of it's Pioneer Days during the week of the 24th as well. The 24th kids of with a 7am pancake breakfast at the Ogden Amphitheater. Immediately followed by Ogden's Grand Parade at 9am. The Pioneer DaysRodeo is at 7:30 p.m., which features Ogden's long-standing Miss RodeoUtah pageant. Fireworks will follow at Pioneer Stadium.
Tooele has a childrens parade beginning at 7pm in the Parking Lot of Tooele High School with activities in the city park after.
And Beaver City has a day of rodeos with Beaver Pioneer Days. Horse races start at 2pm, the Beaver Stampede Rodeo, Clegg Championship Rodeo Co., and Badlands Rodeo Co. starts at 8pm.
Back up north, Logan also has it's share of events with a pancake breakfast the morning of the 24th followed by a fun run and other open air sports tournaments throughout the day. From 10am-5pm at the American West Heritage Center, the Spirit of ‘47 Pioneer Jubilee promises fun. The Parade starts at noon. And the celebration concludes with fireworks at dark. No matter what your fancy or where you are in the state of Utah, the Days of '47 is sure to have an something fun for everyone.