Thousands Celebrate Pioneer Day Downtown SLC

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – Festivities kicked off all weekend leading up to the Pioneer Day parade in Downtown Salt Lake City.

“I’ve been coming here for the last five years and it’s fun to come out, campout, play with my family,” said Riley Facer of Bountiful.  

He said it’s cool because it’s a Pioneer Day parade tradition. Something Becki Little of Sandy can agree with.

“It’s special just because the beginning of the Salt Lake Valley,” said Little.

Little wasn’t around in 1947 but said the parade has been her family’s tradition for 30 years.

“To me it is just a lot of patriotism for our country and um, kind of a mixture of patriotism and state and religion,” she said. “It’s just part of our heritage with the pioneers.”

For others tradition begins in February, planning and executing a float many can remember.

“We have so many amazing ancestors that my family has always told stories about and everything. So the Days of ‘47 are very important to me and my family,” said Lucy Anderson of the Salt Lake Monument Park Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Stories that she continue to be passed down and experienced by her family and friends.

“I think it’s so funny. It’s something we are going to remember our whole lives. So it’s going to be a blast,” said Anderson.

Festivities will continue at Liberty Park following the parade. Salt Lake City’s annual Firework Show is at Herman Franks Park at 10 p.m. 

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