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Pioneer Day – July 24, 2023

Pioneer Day, celebrated on July 24 every year, is a homage to the arrival of the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pioneers in the state of Utah. Led by Brigham Young, the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pioneers settled in Utah in 1847 after days of religious persecution and traveling nonstop. Their prophet, Joseph Smith, had been murdered a few years earlier by a mob. Fearing for their lives and hoping to find a more peaceful place to settle, most members fled Illinois. Today, the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints community honors the day by holding rallies, parades, and fun contests in their hometown of Salt Lake City. Pioneer Day is also celebrated by many as a patriotic day. Pioneers, particularly members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pioneers, have worked hard to establish a name for themselves and their community in many states of America.

History of Pioneer Day

The first Pioneer Day is marked by the entry of Brigham Young and his followers into the state of Utah. Brigham Young was an American politician and religious leader. He was the second president of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints (LDS) and was the first city governor of Utah. Before Young, Joseph Smith was the president, and he was believed to be a prophet. However, Smith and his brother, Hyrum, were persecuted and jailed for their faith. An angry mob, in 1844, broke into their prison cell, killing the brothers. Following their prophet’s death, LDS members called an urgent meeting, trying to decide who should lead the church now. Young competed against Sidney Rigdon for the role, but the latter lost. Rigdon failed to accept his defeat, and shortly afterward he separated to form his own sect.

Meanwhile, Young took charge and led the LDS. The church continued facing persecution and discrimination from the community at large. Finally, in 1847, Young decided to leave Illinois with a group of followers. After several exhausting days of traveling the group arrived in the state of Utah. They set camp and founded Salt Lake City. Soon, the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints community there grew, with many becoming farmers of turnips and potatoes, and building a dam. The ‘Promised Land’ had been found and made into a home where all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lived in harmony and peace. Utah has the highest population in the country, followed by states like Nevada, Arizona, and Idaho. Since it’s an official religious holiday for the community, many members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints close their businesses for the day, either partially or completely. Schools and universities also close for the day. In their free time, the community comes out to watch and take part in festivities like parades, cookouts, pageants, and firework displays. Some people go on the “Mormon Trail” to reenact the scene of Young and his followers entering Utah.

Pioneer Day timeline

1844
Prophet Smith is Killed in Jail

Prophet Joseph Smith is killed by an angry mob while he is held captive in a prison cell.

1847
Young Arrives in Utah

Brigham Young, the second president of LDS, arrives in Utah along with his followers.

1849
The First Celebration Near Utah’s Church

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints commemorate the occasion of arriving in Utah for the first time in a place near the future church.

1896
Utah’s Statehood is Achieved

The Utah territory is finally approved and recognized as a state, making it the 45th state of the U.S.

Pioneer Day FAQs

What day is Pioneer Day?

Pioneer Day is celebrated on July 24 every year. 

Is Pioneer Day a members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holiday?

Pioneer Day is celebrated as an official religious holiday in the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints community. To honor the day, people take the day off to watch firework displays, rodeos and more.

When did Pioneer Day become a holiday?

Pioneer Day became a holiday in 1849, which was two years after Young arrived in Utah. At the time, it was celebrated with speeches, music, and a parade. 

How To Observe Pioneer Day

  1. Take part in the celebrations

    What better way to celebrate Pioneer Day than by actually taking part in them? Find Pioneer Day events happening near you, and if there aren’t any, you can plan a trip to Utah to see the authentic celebrations in full swing.

  2. Go to a members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints church

    Immerse yourself in the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world for a day by visiting a church. You will come to learn more about the history as well as the people associated with it. Moreover, visiting a church will allow you to interact with members to learn more about them and their religion.

  3. Conduct research

    A glance at, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints history will reveal the many struggles the community has gone through over the years. Apart from this, you will also come to learn about their numerous victories and pioneering ideas that have shaped America into the great country it is today.

5 Facts About Members Of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. LDS gives importance to family/gender roles

    Many members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that having a healthy family life with males/females adhering to traditional gender roles leads to a happy life in the long run.

  2. It’s one of the most conservative communities

    The community is one of the most conservative religious communities in the U.S.A., with two-thirds opposing things like LGBTQ+ and abortion.

  3. They are young and less diverse

    The community is generally younger and less diverse than the other religious communities in the country.

  4. Fastest growing religion in America

    There are six million members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in America, with the LDS Church recording at least one million new entrants every three years.

  5. Law enforcement recruiting programs

    The FBI and CIA have special programs in place to recruit members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints given the apparent incorruptibility of their morals.

Why We Love Pioneer Day

  1. It’s a celebration of religious freedom

    Everyone has the right to practice their religion without facing persecution for their beliefs. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are no different. They deserve to live peacefully, practicing and living by their faith however they desire. Any attack on members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their faith is an attack on the freedom of expression everywhere else too.

  2. It’s a celebration of pioneers

    Through the tumble and toil, many great things are born, and Pioneer Day is no different. Whilst it is essentially a religious holiday, people also honor it with patriotic spirit. Many pioneers, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or not, have made a name for themselves as well as the country. Some famous members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints include David Archuleta, Paul Walker, and Christina Aguilera.

  3. It’s a celebration of hope

    Facing relentless persecution and wandering for days on end, Brigham Young and his followers finally arrived in Utah. They started a new life not only for themselves but for the future generations of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Had they given up on hope, nobody would have been celebrating Pioneer Day in the first place.

Pioneer Day dates

YearDateDay
2023July 24Monday
2024July 24Wednesday
2025July 24Thursday
2026July 24Friday
2027July 24Saturday

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