When is Pioneer Day in 2023?
Pioneer Day in 2023 is on the Monday, 24th of Jul (7/24/2023).
Pioneer Day is on the 205th day of 2023. There are 160 days left in the year.
Pioneer Day Facts
- Date: Jul 24, 2023
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- Celebrations: Celebrations; Parade, watch a documentary, visit the Pioneer Memorial Museum
Pioneer Day is sometimes called The Holiday by most locals. The holiday commemorates Brigham Young and Mormon pioneers' arrival into the Salt Lake Valley, Utah, in 1847.
What is Pioneer Day?
In the mid-1840s, Brigham Young led the Mormon saints from Nauvoo Illinois, where they had been evicted and their religious leader, Joseph Smith, murdered. They went west seeking refuge and an isolated land where they could practice their religion and hence be free from religious prosecution. Their trek was full of hardships as they crossed the plains and went over the Rocky Mountains. Many of them died of diseases, but about 2000 of them managed to get to Utah safely. They soon started farming, built a dam, and soon, it became the promised land. A day was set aside as a holiday as a means to honor the arrival of pioneers in Utah.
When is Pioneer Day?
Pioneer Day is observed in Utah on July 24th every year. The first Pioneer Day was in 1849, and it has been celebrated every year since then.
Is Pioneer Day a public holiday?
It is a state holiday in Utah. The day carries a lot of significance, especially for the members of the Mormon faith.
What is open or closed on Pioneer Day?
Pioneer Day is a state holiday and, therefore, a day off to the general population. State offices, educational institutions, organizations, and most businesses remain closed. Public transport operates on holiday timetable, but in some areas, it does not operate at all.
Things to do on Pioneer Day
Regardless of your faith, Pioneer Day is a time for celebration. It is the best time to learn about the history and traditions of Mormons than now. Head to the library or watch a documentary about them. You will be surprised to discover exciting facts about Mormons that helped them shape the United States. It would also be interesting to realize that Mormonism is among the fastest-growing religions in the United States.
You could also visit the Pioneer Memorial Museum in Salt Lake City. The museum, which is run by Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, is packed with old pioneer relics such as Brigham Young's wagon and an old piano that made it across the plains back in the 18th century.
Similarly, head to Salt Lake Valley and be part of the many different events that take place there. The most popular being the Days of '47 Parade. The parade features a procession of bands, performers, entertainers, clowns, horses, and floats. Indeed, these are great family activities, especially if you have kids.
Pioneer Day Observances
- Jul 24, 2020
- Jul 23, 2021
- Jul 24, 2022
- Jul 24, 2023