SOUTHERN UTAH — It’s almost Pioneer Day, and the party isn’t going to plan itself. Here is a list of local events to get the celebration started:
Days of ’47 Dixie celebration
The Days of ’47 Dixie celebration in Washington City begins with a flag-raising ceremony at 7 a.m. in Veterans Park, 75 E. Telegraph in Washington, followed by a hearty breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast is served hot and healthy for a nominal per-person cost. Price discounts are available for families to help those with extra mouths and tummies.
The parade starts at 9 a.m. The parade route begins at 300 N. 300 East and heads south to Telegraph Street, then west on Telegraph to 100 West, then north to 100 North.
Following the parade, the festivities resume at 10 a.m. in Veteran’s Park and also at Willard O. Nisson Park, located at 251 W. Telegraph St. There will be wagon rides between the two parks. Traditional foot races for all ages start at 10:30 a.m. Live entertainment will be ongoing the entire day and will wrap up around 2 p.m. Games include fish pond, football throw, dunk tank, face painting, rides for the kids and historical horse-drawn wagon tours. Food of all kinds will be available, including snow cones, cotton candy, ice cream, specialty sodas, burgers, and the popular “pronto pups” and funnel cakes.
The celebration will culminate with a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. near the Washington City Community Center, located at 350 N. Community Center Drive.
- Flag Raising Ceremony | 7 a.m. | Veterans Park
- Breakfast | 7:30 a.m. | Veterans Park
- Parade | 9 a.m. | Begins at 300 N. 300 East, travels south to Telegraph Street, along Telegraph Street to 100 West, then to 100 North
- Celebration | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Veterans Park and Willard O. Nisson Park
- Fireworks | 9:30 p.m. | Near Community Center
The Washington City Community Center will be hosting a party from 6-10 p.m. There will be open swim, vendor booths, the water balls and more. Guests are invited to head out to the lawn to watch the fireworks show at dusk. Cost $6 per person or $20 for a family of 4. Members get half off.
Ivins City Pioneer Day celebration
Local food vendors, snow cones, booths with arts, crafts, games and more. Entertainment will be Jerone Wedig and Mystery Train. For more information, call Ivins Parks and Rec at 435-634-0689.
- Pancake Breakfast | 7-9 a.m. |Ivins City Park, Main Street and 100 North
- Flag raising ceremony | Ivins City Hall, 55 N. Main St.
- Parade | 9 a.m. | Center Street
- Celebration in the park | 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tuacahn Amphitheater – “Wizard of Oz,” patriotic presentation and fireworks – Ivins
At Tuacahn Amphitheater, a “Wizard of Oz” performance is being offered on Pioneer Day with a special patriotic presentation before the show, including the singing of the national anthem. After the show, there will be an extended fireworks display and a tribute to the United States projected on Tuacahn’s giant water curtain. Also, a backstage tour and pre-show dinner are offered; admission to these can be purchased along with show tickets.
To receive a 50 percent discount on tickets to “The Wizard of Oz” on July 24th , visit tuacahn.org or call 435-652-3300 and use the promo code “FREEDOM50.”
- Backstage Tour | 6:15 p.m.
- Pre-Show Dinner | 6:45 p.m.
- Wizard of Oz | 8:45 p.m.
New Harmony pioneer program, softball game
The New Harmony Fire District will host a softball game at Fire Station Park, located on East Center Street, at 9:30 a.m.: “old men vs. young men.” At 4:30 p.m., there will be a pioneer program about Utah’s pioneer ancestors at the New Harmony Cemetery. Following the program there will be dinner at 6 p.m. and activities at the Hirschi Arena (also known as Bill Hirschi’s ranch). Activities will be available for all ages, including a parade. Everyone is welcome.
- Softball Game | 9:30 a.m.
- Pioneer Program | 4:30 p.m.
- Dinner | 6 p.m.
Kanab Pioneer Day
Kanab’s Pioneer Day events will begin with a parade down Center Street at 6 p.m. Following the parade, there will be a picnic in Jacob Hamblin Park, 500 N. 100 East, followed by a movie in the park at dusk. Please bring chairs or blankets. A flyer can be found here.
Enterprise American Legion Rodeo
The amateur rodeo will take place from Thursday, July 24 to Saturday, July 26 at the American Legion Rodeo Arena,1003 E. 100 North in Enterprise, off Highway 18. Live music will begin at 7 p.m., and the rodeo will take place from 8-10:30 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 3 to 11. For more information, see the rodeo website.
- Live Music | 7 p.m.
- Rodeo | 8-10:30 p.m.
Parowan 24th of July
Parowan’s 24th of July Parade will start at 10 a.m. on Main Street. There will be a big surprise in the sky at 10 a.m., and then the parade will begin. The firemen will have lots of great things for attendees to do in the park, so please support them. Fireworks begin at dusk. Please be safe, and have a great 24th of July.
There will be a rodeo beginning at 10 a.m. at the Iron County Fairgrounds arena in Parowan. Some of the events include barrels, poles, ranch events and saddle broncs. Admission is free to the public.
Later, at 6:30 p.m., there will be a party at the City Park on Main Street and Center. Chili and cornbread, time capsule and square dancing. It is also free to the public, and it is a great family activity!
- Parade | 10 a.m. | Main Street
- Rodeo | 10 a.m. | Iron County fairgrounds
- Party | 6:30 p.m. | City Park on Main Street and Center
- Fireworks | Dusk
Duck Creek Days Chili Cook-off
In the community of Duck Creek Village, there will be live music and dancing, a chili cook-off and local vendors from Friday, July 25 to Saturday July, 26. For more information, call Tracey at 435-682-4100 or see the Duck Creek website.
Third Annual Pioneer Jamboree and Kabob-a-que – LaVerkin, Springdale, Rockville, Virgin and Toquerville
Join the communities of LaVerkin, Springdale, Rockville, Virgin and Toquerville on July 24 at the Springdale Town Park, 126 Lion Blvd. in Springdale. There will be bounce houses, pioneer games, a dunk tank, photo booth and more.
- Dinner |6-8 p.m.
- Live Music | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
- Historical Display | 6-9 p.m.
Cedar City Pioneer Day events
Citizens of Cedar City will celebrate “Our Pioneer Heritage: Carry on the Legacy” on July 24. Events will begin at 8 a.m. with a program at the Old Rock Church, 75 E. Center St. in Cedar City. There will be a parade down Main Street, from 200 South to 400 North, beginning at 10 a.m. Following the parade, there will be activities in Main Street Park, 200 N. Main St., that will include food, fun, races, a fish pond, a dunking pond, and old-fashioned mingling.
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Ed. note: Changes in scheduled events may arise without notice to St. George News; links and contact information are provided for your convenience in confirming details.
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