Celebrate the arrival of the first pioneer settlers to the Salt Lake Valley! The Days of ’47, Inc. remembers Utah’s early and current pioneers with a variety of events beginning with nominations for Pioneers of Progress awards and culminating with an all-day extravaganza with a Sunrise Service and Parade in downtown Salt Lake City on July 24th, 2013, a state-wide holiday, followed by our Rodeo Finals that evening at EnergySolutions Arena . Bring your family and friends to the 2013 festivities. Most are free!
Our 2013 Theme: “Pioneers — Our Anchor for the Future”
(by Don Gale)
They arrived with nothing — less than nothing for some. Within days, they dropped anchors — figuratively — and those anchors held steady.
How can you “drop anchor” in a desert? The anchors Utah settlers used were anchors of tradition, values, ideas, and commitment.
When rock-hard soil broke plows, they irrigated. Anchor: Think positively.
When others said, “You can’t survive here,” they replied: “We’ll make this barren land blossom.” Anchor: Solve problems; don’t run from them.
When the sun beat down, they planted trees — not for themselves, but to provide shade for their children. Anchor: Think about tomorrow.
When the hard work was done, they lit lanterns and sang . . . or danced . . . or both until lamps burned low. Anchor: Enjoy every day.
When the nation refused statehood, settlers said: “We’ll be back next year.” Anchor: Patience wins battles.
When the government sent the Army to “control” settlers, pioneers said: “We’ll show you how to live in peace.” Anchor: Example overshadows force.
Every generation produces pioneers – citizens who leave anchors for pioneers who follow.
That’s what The Days of ’47 is all about — celebrating anchors from the past, leaving anchors for the future, and having fun in the process.
Background Information About Our Annual Celebration
On July 24, 1847, Brigham Young and a determined company of Mormon pioneers realized their dreams upon entering the Great Salt Lake Valley, thus becoming the vanguard of one of the greatest treks in American history. Pulling handcarts or driving wagons with oxen or horses, thousands of pioneers carried a firm commitment to America’s belief in freedom of religion as they slowly trudged across the plains to a vast desert landscape that became known as the Utah Territory. Coming together from many nations, they sought to create a new life. This trek of the early Utah pioneers exemplifies the courage, foresight and faith that continue to inspire modern-day pioneers.
By remembering those remarkable 1847 pioneers and all those who followed, The Days of ’47 seeks to make their accomplishments and hardships live today through a variety of activities and celebrations each year. We believe the example of past and present pioneers’ courage creates a vision for our combined future that everyone can follow while we continue recognizing Pioneers — Our Anchor for the Future.
The Days of ’47, Inc. is a private, nonprofit, all-volunteer, charitable corporation to honor Utah’s early and modern pioneers and to keep their pioneering spirit alive.
Our mailing address is:
The Days of ’47, Inc.
P.O. Box 112287
Salt Lake City, UT 84147-2287
801-250-3890 (general information)