Every July 24, Utah celebrates Pioneer Day. The day is to honor the pioneers who entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847 after they faced religious persecution in other states. There are parades, pioneer re-enactments, fireworks, and rodeos to commemorate the occasion. My own relatives were pioneers and settled in Brigham City, about an hour north of Salt Lake City. Some of my own family members have even participated in pioneer re-enactments with hand-carts, and it’s so fun to see.
My family went to Lagoon Amusement Park on Friday night. They have a section called Pioneer Village where they have actual homes that some pioneers lived in. I wanted to take a tour of them, so my family humored me while I walked through all of them. It was so cool to see how people actually lived in those days–it fascinates me so much!! I love the quote from one of my favorite pioneers, Laura Ingalls Wilder: “It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have, to be happy with simple pleasures, and have courage when things go wrong.” Good advice for all of us!
Happy Pioneer Day!
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