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Monday, July 18, 2011

Pioneer Day Holiday Events

Pioneer Day is an official Utah holiday and prompts events all around the state. The holiday usually falls on July 24. Since that date is a Sunday this year, many activities will be held on Saturday and Monday.

The official state holiday will be observed on Monday. Most government offices and banks, and some other businesses will be closed on that day.

Salt Lake City hosts an extravaganza to celebrate the holiday. Called "Days of '47," many events will be held this week and throughout the weekend. (Mormon pioneers arrived in Utah on July 24, 1847, hence the celebration's name.)

See the Days of '47 website for detailed info. The Salt Lake Tribune has this article describing free events.

Check the events section on our website to learn about activities in areas where you will be traveling.

Since the holiday falls during the middle of summer, many people have made it a tradition to celebrate by camping, hiking and fishing. Campgrounds and popular recreational spots will be crowded.

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