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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Utah Celebrates Its Pioneer Heritage

The first pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847. Ever since then, July 24 has been set aside as a state holiday, with events galore celebrating our pioneer heritage.

Events will be held statewide. Here are some highlights, taken from this Salt Lake Tribune article:

Friday, 7 pm: Pioneer Day Concert at the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.

Saturday 10 am: Youth Parade beginning at 600 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City; followed by Youth Festival with games, crafts, rides and food at Washington Square, 450 S. State, until 1 p.m.

Saturday, 6-11 pm: Celebration of Utah's Cultures at the Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main St., Salt Lake City.

Saturday, 7 pm: World Championship Rodeo at the Delta Center; tickets are $12.50 to $39.50, at the box office or 801-325-SEAT.

Monday, 7 am: Sunrise Service at the Assembly Hall on Temple Square, 7 a.m.

Monday, 9 am: Days of '47 Parade, starting at South Temple and Main Street.

Monday, 11 am to 6 pm: Pioneer Festival at This Is the Place Heritage Park, 2601 E. Sunnyside Ave.

Monday, 7 pm: World Championship Rodeo at the Delta Center, 7 p.m.

On Monday there will also be a Native American Celebration at Liberty Park, 500 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City, 7 a.m. to dusk. There will be food booths, entertainment, arts and craft booths; the 12th Annual Intertribal Competition Powwow begins at noon, with an intermission at 4 p.m.; second session begins at 5 p.m. The fireworks grand finale is at 10:10 p.m. This event is free.

The Tribune forgot to mention the KJZZ-TV/Deseret Morning News Marathon/10k. It will be held Monday morning, beginning at 5:30 am. The marathon ends at Liberty Park.

Here’s an official list of events.


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