A U.S. 1947 3-cent commemoration stamp, celebrating the centennial of the arrival of the Mormon pioneers in Utah's Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847 via National Post Museum
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|This holiday next takes place in 58 Days.|
|Marks the founding of Salt Lake City in 1847 with the arrival Brigham Young and the first Mormon settlers|
Pioneer Day is a state holiday observed in Utah, USA.
This public holiday is celebrated on 24 July or the nearest weekday if it falls on a weekend.
History of Pioneer Day
Pioneer Day commemorates the arrival on 24 July 1847 of Brigham Young and the first Mormon settlers to Salt Lake Valley, where the Latter-day Saints settled after leaving Nauvoo, Illinois.
Despite enduring many hardships in the initial years of the settlement, over the next two decades, more than 70,000 more Mormon pioneers crossed the plains to join the community and settle in Utah and today, Mormons make up about 62% of the population of Utah, making it the most culturally homogenous state in America.
Did you know?
The name "Utah" is taken from the name of the Ute Native American tribe. Their name means "people of the mountains."
On Pioneer Day, state offices and banks are closed, employees have the day off, and there are parades and fireworks throughout the state.
Although the holiday is marked by everyone in Utah, undoubtedly Pioneer Day has a significance relevance to the Mormon community making it a special celebration for the Church of the Latter-Day Saints in Utah and beyond.
Did you know?
Utah is called the "Beehive State" because the Mormon. settlers prided themselves on being were hard workers and saw their state as a 'hive of industry.' They even wanted to call the state "Deseret", which is the word for "honey bee" in the Book of Mormon.