Days of ’47 Parade is on this year, organizers say

After a 2020 pandemic-induced hiatus, the Days of ‘47 Parade will be held this July 23, organizers confirmed in a news release Tuesday.“We’re excited to continue these beloved Utah traditions,” Lane Summerhays, president of the Days of ’47 board, said in the news release. “As with many activities canceled, postponed, or altered in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these treasured pioneer traditions were placed on hold. We’re now ready to celebrate our pioneer heritage as we have done for over a century.”The parade will begin at 9 a.m. in downtown Salt Lake City and will end at Liberty Park. Associated activities, such as the Days of ‘47 Rodeo and The First Encampment Hike, will also be held in accordance with state and local COVID requirements. The rodeo will be held from July 20 to 24 at 8 a.m. at the Utah State Fair Park.The parade is intended to remember Brigham Young and his fellow pioneers who entered the Great Salt Lake Valley in 1847.Native American tribes inhabited the Salt Lake area and the rest of the state thousands of years before the arrival of pioneers.