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Monday, July 21, 2008

Utah Celebrates Pioneer Day

Pioneer Day is a major holiday in Utah, celebrated every year on July 24th - the day Brigham Young led a group of pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley.

Many businesses and government offices will be closed Thursday because of the holiday. Communities throughout the state will hold parades and festivities.

The Days of '47 KSL 5 Parade in Salt Lake City is one of the largest such events in America. Held on the morning of July 24th, the parade route starts at South Temple and State Street, goes east to 200 East, south to 900 South, then east to Liberty Park at 600 East.

Early on the 24th, a large number of people will participate in the Days of '47 and Deseret Morning News/KJZZ TV Marathon/10K/5K Fitness Walk. The marathon starts at 5:30 am at the top of Big Mountain above Emigration Canyon and ends along the parade route at Liberty Park.

The Days of '47 website has a complete list of activities in the Salt Lake area.

Travelers need to be aware that traffic will be disrupted by the parade and marathon.


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