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Where Can I Celebrate the 24th of July?

pioneer wagon(Scroll down for celebration sites and activities)

To most people in most states, July 24th is just another day at the office, but in Utah, banks and many businesses close their doors and celebrate the 24th of July, known as Pioneer Day or the Days of ’47 Celebration. This is our chance, whether we are multi-generational Utahns or 1st generation Utahns, to celebrate the Pioneers who traveled West in the 1840s and began settling the Utah territory.


Today’s celebration include fireworks and parades. The Days of ’47 parade is broadcast on the local NBC station. People picnic, swim, hike or enjoy a lazy day in the comfort of their air conditioned house. A few years ago I laughed as I observed one of our local churches having a huge fair-like celebration outside in the sweltering St. George heat. I wondered if their pioneer progenitors weren’t rolling their eyes at these well meaning celebrants who could be inside enjoying modern cooling systems rather than melting in the heat of the day. Oh well, at least the kids enjoyed getting squirted by one of the local fire trucks.


I am in awe of the pioneers who were sent to settle St. George. Most were not volunteers but came by assignment to settle St. George and see if cotton could be grown here in the south. I love this desert, but I have adequate water supplies and climate controlled buildings. It is difficult to imagine, especially now as the sun and the heat beat upon us, what it would be like to live and raise a family without those basic comforts.


Click on the links to some of the Pioneer Day local events in the St. George area. (St. George City does not sponsor any specific events.) Happy 24th:

Ivins City Morning Celebration

  • Pancake Breakfast
  • Flag Raising Ceremony
  • Parade
  • Events in the Park

Washington City All Day Celebration

  • Flag Ceremony
  • Breakfast
  • Parade
  • Events in multiple Parks
  • Fireworks

Hurricane City Morning Celebration

  • 5 K Run
  • Breakfast
  • Parade
  • Games

Enterprise All Day Celebration

  • Fun Run
  • Scout Pancake Breakfast
  • Parade
  • Program
  • Foot Races
  • Splash Party
  • Rodeo

Springdale Evening Celebration

  • Live Music
  • Dinner
  • Games


Contact me to find a place to settle and put down your roots.


Chris Jones 435-313-3966


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