Pioneer Day

A group of Mormon pioneers at South Pass, Wyoming, circa 1859.
Charles Roscoe Savage

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has lauded Utah's Mormon pioneers in a stop that comes as state leaders try to persuade him to relocate the nation's largest land management agency to the state.

Zinke didn't make any major announcement about the future of the Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday, but the visit was another chance for Gov. Gary Herbert tout Utah's central location close to vast tracts the agency oversees in several Western states.

Utah celebrates Pioneer Day on July 24th.
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President Donald Trump is recognizing Mormon pioneers who journeyed across the west to build a new home in Utah.

Trump said in a statement issued Tuesday by the White House that the families who fled persecution in Illinois "worked tirelessly to transform the arid desert landscape into a blossoming new home."

Taste of Utah; The 2017 Taste of Utah Event in Washington D.C.
Associated Foods

Semi-trucks carrying a variety of Utah-made food products left Salt Lake City last week and headed to Washington D.C. for a Taste of Utah event. The event will be hosted for the second year by Senator Mike Lee and will give United State senators and representatives a chance to sample some of the many food items produced in Utah.

A keg wagon with pie wheels and a beer drinking wagon driver. Background the sun setting sun over the prairie.
ILLUSTRATION BY FRANCISCO KJOLSETH

July 24 is Pioneer Day in Utah, a state holiday honoring the arrival of Brigham Young and other Mormon settlers to Salt Lake Valley in 1847.

Every year Utahns celebrate Pioneer Day with rodeos, parades and barbeques. This year, there’s an extra celebration in downtown St. George where the city is celebrating the reopening of a historic pioneer building, which used to be the Washington County’s Courthouse.

Celebrating Pioneers Day In An Artistic Way

Jul 21, 2017
Nicole Heaps

Little Bloomsbury Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Logan, Utah which focuses on providing hope for people in trying times through music, literature, magic and storytelling. 

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Lainey Anthony works for her mother, who runs TNT Fireworks in Cache County. It is the last Thursday in June and already the stand is open for selling fireworks.

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While both patriots and pyrotechnicians rejoice for the upcoming Fourth of July and Pioneer Day holidays, state authorities are wary of the dangers posed by the use of fireworks during a summer with remarkable fire danger.