SALT LAKE CITY — Generations of Utahns have known Pioneer Day, the anniversary of the Brigham Young-led pioneers arriving in the Salt Lake Valley, as a celebration of Utah state history and, in some cases, the history of their own families.
The modern celebration has its roots in the Nauvoo Brass Band’s 1849 commemoration of the second anniversary of the pioneers’ arrival, but today’s Pioneer Day has grown into time for festivities for the whole family — usually capped off with fireworks celebrations to rival the 4th of July.
Below, you'll find a list of fireworks shows planned throughout the state, with each city’s Pioneer Day activities linked where possible. Admission is free, unless otherwise noted.
Logan Pioneer Day celebration: Fireworks begin July 24 at 10 p.m. at Willow Park, 419 W. 700 South.
North Logan 24th of July celebration: Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. July 24 at Elk Ridge Park, 1190 E. 2500 North.
Ogden Pioneer Days: Fireworks will follow the 7:30 p.m. rodeo on July 24 at the Ogden Pioneer Stadium, 668 No. 17th Street.
Tremonton City Days: Fireworks will take place at 10 p.m. on July 27 in at Jeanie Stevens Park, 700 N. 1000 West.
Salt Lake area
Butlerville Days: Fireworks start at 10 p.m. on July 27 at Butler Park in Cottonwood Heights, 7500 S. 2700 East.
Liberty Park fireworks: Fireworks will start at 10 p.m. at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, 600 E. 900 South.
Salt Lake Bees post-game fireworks: Fireworks will follow the Bees vs. Albuquerque Isotopes games on both July 23 and July 24 at Smith's Ballpark, 77 W. 1300 South. The games begin at 6:35 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online.
Utah County/Central Utah
Orem Pioneer Day Fireworks Celebration: Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. on July 24 the Orchard in University Place, 575 E. University Parkway.
Orem Owlz post-game fireworks: Fireworks will take place following the July 24 Owlz game versus the Rocky Mountain Vibes at Brent Brown Ballpark on the Utah Valley University campus. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online.
Spanish Fork Fireworks Spectacular: Fireworks start at about 10:30 p.m. at Sports Park, 295 Volunteer Drive. Bringing lawn chairs and blankets is recommended. A concert will take place before the fireworks show.
Heber Valley 24th of July Celebration: Fireworks start July 24 at dark at Charleston Park, 3454 S. 3400 West in Heber City.
Beaver Pioneer Day: Fireworks will start at 9:45 p.m. at the Baseball 4-Plex, on 400 North near 900 East.
Kanab Pioneer Day Social: Fireworks will start at 9 p.m. at Jackson Flat Reservoir, which is located 3 miles south of Kanab City Center; 725 E. Kaneplex Drive.
Pioneer days in Monroe: Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. on July 24 at South Sevier Middle School, 300 E. Center Street.
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Steph Grimes is a Brooklyn-based writer who used to cover features and breaking news for KSL.com. Find her on Twitter: @stephgrimes