Pioneer Day has great significance for the residents of Utah and especially for members of the Mormon faith.
Other regions in surrounding states that were originally founded by Mormon settlers, also observe Pioneer Day, though it is only an official state holiday in Utah.
While the holiday has strong links to the LDS Church, it is officially a celebration of everyone, regardless of faith and nationality, who emigrated to the Salt Lake Valley during the pioneer era, which is generally considered to have ended with the 1869 arrival of the transcontinental railroad.
Notable non-LDS American pioneers from this period include Episcopal Bishop Daniel S. The Intertribal Powwow at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City honors the rich cultural heritage and contributions of the area's Native Americans, helping Utahns to gain a deeper understanding of the region's history.
Across Utah, many governmental offices and places of business are closed for the state holiday. Some members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reenact the entrance of pioneers into Salt Lake Valley, by handcart, each Pioneer Day.
Annually, Pioneer Days draws approximately 250,000 people.
The holiday generates a great deal of road traffic; Utah Department of Public Safety statistics demonstrate that Pioneer Day has the second highest holiday traffic fatality rate in Utah, with the earlier July 4 Independence Day having the highest rate.
Following (in order by month) are a list of articles and other resources for these great holidays.
Like many other faiths, Mormons revere certain days of the calendar and set them apart due for religious reasons and purposes.
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See also: Lists of holidays, Hallmark holidays, public holidays in the United States, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.