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Video:Pioneer Day

with Michael Sanchez

On July 24th Utah celebrates Pioneer Day to commemorate the arrival of the first Mormon Settlers. In this About.com video, learn about the history of Pioneer day.See Transcript

Transcript:Pioneer Day

Hello, my name is Michael Sanchez for About.com. Today we'll be learning about Pioneer Day.

When is Pioneer Day?

Every year on July 24th the state of Utah celebrates Pioneer Day or Days of '47 to commemorate the arrival of the first Mormon settlers into the Salt Lake Valley in 1847.

History of Pioneer Day

Mormons, a nickname for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, traveled en mass across the midwestern United States to flee religious persecution and find a place they could call home. Over 60,000 Mormon pioneers made the journey, eventually populating much of Utah and it's surrounding states. Pioneer Day is celebrated by many Mormons across the United States but only in Utah is it an official holiday permitting businesses and many government offices to close in commemoration.

Celebration festivities include pioneer-themed parades, picnics, fireworks, rodeos, camping, singing and dancing, historical re-enactments and even hiking along sections of The Mormon Pioneer Trail, the 1, 300 mile route used by the settlers on their journey west.

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