Celebrate Pioneer Day this year, Utah! Events are being held across the state throughout the end of July to celebrate our shared history in finding a place to belong.
What is Pioneer Day?
Utah has celebrated Pioneer Day (July 24th) for over 170 years to commemorate the entry of Latter-Day Saint pioneers into Utah's Salt Lake Valley in 1847. It marks our state's journey in creating belonging and a sense of place, and striving to work together for a brighter future. This year, may we engage with each other to preserve traditions, recognize complex histories, and understand that Pioneer Day and being a “pioneer” can resonate with a variety of people. We invite you explore that idea to expand the lens of how we celebrate this holiday. Let’s have more open discussions so we can address the past to include everyone’s story, collaborate in the present, and celebrate the pioneers in our lives.
Eager to learn more? Check out Utah Education Network for more on the history of Pioneer Day in Utah.
This page offers space for multiple perspectives from partner agencies, but these agencies shouldn't be assumed to represent the state of Utah.
Mosaic Reflections on Pioneer Day
"As a second generation college graduate, I'm an example of what my parents, grandparents, and ancestors prayed for, which is resiliency. That the generations after them would thrive and flourish, even when faced with challenges. As a Diné woman, I am hopeful the generations after me will continue to open new pathways and open opportunities for others!"
“We tell the stories to celebrate those who endured something that we will never fully understand...We tell the stories because they are true, because they endured it, because we all have the opportunity to draw strength from them. Can we not draw strength from them?"
Quote from Deseret News
Photo Credit: Brigham Young University Universe
"There have been a lot of my own familial journeys that have been lost to time, but now I’ve learned where to look. I embrace the unique journey my family has taken, and take inspiration from pioneers of all walks of life. This is a day for connection. To share stories, history, and compassion to all who call Utah home. "
Celebrate our shared history.