Today is Pioneer Day, an official state holiday in Utah. On this day we celebrate the arrival of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers to reach the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847. Communities and families around the state celebrate with parades, bar-be-cues, rodeos, pot-lucks, fireworks, and anything else that brings family and friends together.
Pioneer Day is also a special occasion for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world. It’s a time to remember the faith and dedication of pioneers who crossed the US plains as well as those who have been pioneers in later generations in their own families or other countries.
We also remember those who helped settle Utah during the pioneer days that were not of the LDS faith. There are celebrations dedicated to preserving the heritage and memory of the native americans from this area. The ultimate goal is to help remember the history of our state.
All-in-all, it can be a pretty fun day to celebrate where we came from as individuals and as a state. Our family doesn’t have any specific traditions for the day. We just sit back, relax, and enjoy the time we have to spend together.