Guide to Southern Utah’s Pioneer Day events

"Snow Canyon" by Jeremy Winborg

SOUTHERN UTAH – Pioneer Day is a unique holiday memorializing the sacrifice, unity and ingenuity of this state’s founders, from the first Mormon pioneers to modern community leaders. To help you and your family find the perfect way to enjoy this special occasion, STGnews brings you the Southern Utah Pioneer Day events guide.

All events will be held on July 24.

Cedar City Pioneer Day 2013

An educational program presented by history professor Wayne Hinton at Rock Church at 8 a.m. will start the day. At 9:30 a.m., community members of all ages are invited to walk the sixth annual “Main Street Mile.” Registration (which includes an event T-shirt) costs $8 per person, with $5 for each additional family member. The walk starts at the parking lot on the corner of 200 South and 300 West.

The “Hope on, Journey on” parade will start at 10 a.m. and run along Main Street from 200 South to 400 North. Spectators are encouraged to watch from Main Street Park, near the announcer. Activities, including kids’ games, vendor booths, a dunk tank and fishing pond, are ongoing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Sons of the Utah Pioneers will provide hamburgers. More information can be found here.

Enoch Pioneer Day

“Our Heritage – Past, Present and Future” is the theme of Enoch’s Pioneer Day celebration. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. with a parade down Midvalley Road. Following the parade, there will be dinner, games and activities at the park by the church at 451 East Midvalley Road from 5-8 p.m. A local band will be providing music for the evening. Between 1,800 and 2,000 people are expected to attend. More information can be found here.

Enterprise Pioneer Day

Activities start with a fun run/walk at Enterprise High School. Buses will leave the Church Square at 6 a.m. to take runners to the starting line; races start at 6:30 a.m. Registration for the 5K walk costs $15, and the 5K or 10K runs cost $20. All proceeds benefit the Enterprise High School cross-country running team. Call 435-231-1512 or click here for more information.

A pancake breakfast hosted by local Boy Scout troops will be held at the Church Square from 7-9 a.m. The “Pioneers: Remembering Their Sacrifices” parade, featuring unique floats, cars and performances, will start at 9 a.m. and run down Main Street. A Pioneer Day commemorative program will be held at 10 a.m. in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center Cultural Hall. Family activities, including foot races and a splash pool, start at 2 p.m. at the Church Square. More information can be found here.

Hurricane Pioneer Day 2013

The Hurricane Valley Pioneer Day 5K kicks off at 7 a.m. at the Hurricane Community Center. Entry costs two cans of nonperishable food, which will be donated to Dixie Care and Share. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m.; participants can also pre-register at Classic Sports or Phazes Fitness in Hurricane. Prizes, donuts and chocolate milk will be provided and runners are encouraged to dress as pioneers.

A breakfast provided by the Sons of Utah Pioneers will be held at 7 a.m., also at the Hurricane Community Center. The parade starts at 8:30 a.m. and will travel from 400 South and Main Street to Hurricane High School. Family activities will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Hurricane Community Center. Call 435-635-2609 for more information.

Ivins Pioneer Day Celebration

The event starts with a breakfast sponsored by the Ivins City Volunteer Firefighter Association from 7-9 a.m. and flag-raising ceremony at 8 a.m., both at Ivins City Park. A parade running down Center Street starts at 9 a.m., followed by activities in the park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., including local food vendors, family games, arts and crafts and entertainment from Jerone Wedig & Mystery Train and the Spotlight Entertainers. Call 435-634-0689 for more information. More information can be found here.

Kanab Pioneer Day 2013

The “We Are Pioneers” parade begins at 6 p.m. at the Visitor Center. A free dinner, along with games, activities and entertainment, will be held at Jacob Hamblin Park from 7-8:30. Bring the whole family and have a great time. Call 435-644-2975 for more information.

Parowan Pioneer Day

Celebrations in Parowan begin at 8 a.m. with a 15-mile horse trail ride. Later that evening, visitors can enjoy an old-fashioned pioneer celebration at the Lions Park at 100 South 300 East. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. and include watermelon and pie eating contests, a cupcake walk, dunk tank, fishing booth, volleyball and wagon ride tours. A picnic will be provided, to which which everyone is invited to bring their blankets and chairs. More information can be found here.

Springdale Pioneer Day Celebration

A softball tournament will be held at 8 a.m. at the town ball field. At 6 p.m., the Kabob-a-Que dinner followed by family games will be held at Springdale Town Park. The celebration will conclude with a Pioneer Spectacular at the Tanner Amphitheatre at 8:15 p.m. Call 435-772-3434 for more information.

Washington City Pioneer Day Celebration

The all-day celebration starts with a flag ceremony at 7 a.m. and breakfast from 7-9 a.m. at Veterans Park. A parade, running from 300 East 200 North to Telegraph Road and 100 West, starts at 9 a.m. The parade will feature a one-of-a-kind re-enactment of the 2000 Stripling Warriors march by young men from across Utah. Games, vendor booths and other activities will be ongoing at Veterans Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Onlookers will be treated to a fireworks display and party at dusk at Community Center Park. Call 435-656-6300 for more information.

For those considering do-it-yourself fireworks, barbeques or camping, please read the STGnews 2013 Fire Restrictions Guide and abide by all regulations within.

If you know of a Pioneer Day event you would like to add to this guide, email details to [email protected].

Ed. Note:  This Guide first published July 22, 2013.  Republishing for visibility July 24, 2013.

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"Snow Canyon" by Jeremy Winborg
“Snow Canyon” by Jeremy Winborg

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  • Tom July 22, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    A celebration of illegal immigration into Mexico. How far we have come.

    • Zeke July 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      So…… that time the Mexican governement had established laws against immigration and the Pioneers broke those laws by not completing the proper paperwork, testing and other requirements?? Is that what I am taking from this comment? Just curious.

    • walt July 24, 2013 at 9:08 am

      Oh yes, how well organized and established the country of Mexico was in the mid-1800’s. Tom, you’re nothing more than a troll. Find something productive to do with your life.

  • Flat Out July 22, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Great artistic rendition showing the women walking and the lazy men riding in the wagon. That’s how it really was here during the early pioneer days. All the women did all the work while the men sat on their butts or looked for more brides to make babies with. Spot on!

  • Wayne July 24, 2013 at 11:10 am

    What a wonderful day for all to celebrate! We should be modern day Pioneers striving for a better tomorrow.
    We should also look to our Native American brothers and sisters to treat them as our brothers and sisters. I am not proud of how as a country we have treated them. While I can not change the past I hope I can change the future. That is what pioneer day can mean to all of us, Mormon, Catholic, Protestant, Jew, Muslim, or of any other religious belief including those that have no belief in a Great Creator. We can be pioneers together creating a place where all can find safety from persecution, where we have love one for another and strive to live good honorable lives according to the dictates of our own beliefs with good will and love for one another.

  • Hoorah July 24, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I’m gonna light the hill on fire with a firecracker for Joe Smith! YEEE HAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!

    • Dumper July 26, 2013 at 11:49 am

      I took a dump on his behalf

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