After a 2020 hiatus, the Days of ’47 Parade is making a grand return in July.

The parade is one of the oldest in the United States and often brings more than 200,000 people to downtown Salt Lake City. Accompanying events that celebrate Utah’s pioneer heritage — like the Days of ’47 Rodeo and the First Encampment Hike — will also see a return in July.

“We’re excited to continue these beloved Utah traditions,” said Lane Summerhays, the president of the Days of ’47 board, in a statement. “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.”

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The first Days of ’47 Parade took place on July 24, 1849 — two years after Latter-day Saint pioneers first settled in the Salt Lake Valley. For many families in Utah, the parade has become a yearly tradition — one that involves camping out the night before to secure a spot along the parade route, the Deseret News reported.

Until last year, the Days of ’47 Parade had only ever been canceled during World War I and World War II, the Deseret News reported. This year, the parade will take place on July 23.

To coincide with the Days of ‘47 Parade, the Deseret News Marathon — including the full marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K — is moving from July 24 to July 23.

“The experience of running down the parade route, lined with spectators, is one of the things that makes our race so unique and memorable,” said Corbin Talley, the director of the Deseret News Marathon, in a statement Monday night. “The energy of the crowd provides such a tremendous boost for the runners in the final 2 miles of every race from the 5K to the marathon. If you have never had the opportunity to finish a Deseret News Race with the Days of ‘47 Parade fans, 2021 is a great opportunity to enjoy that experience.”

All events held this year will be subject to state and local COVID-19 requirements.

Below is a rundown of Days of ’47 events. For additional information, visit

Pops concert

  • A virtual concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of man’s first steps on the moon will take place July 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. The concert will feature Choral Arts Society of Utah and the Salt Lake Symphony.
  • Although the event is free, tickets are required. Visit for information on how to secure tickets.

Pioneers of Progress

  • An awards banquet honoring modern-day Utahns who have exhibited “pioneer spirit through industry and integrity,” will take place July 15, 7 p.m. at the Grand America Hotel. The press release notes that tickets are limited.

Rodeo and Cowboy Games

  • The Days of ’47 Rodeo — which features a $1 million rodeo — will run at the Utah State Fairpark from July 20-24 at 8 p.m.
  • The Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo features an Olympic-style format that offers gold, silver and bronze medals to its winners, according to

Float preview party

  • People have the chance to preview parade floats and meet the creators on July 19 and 20.
  • The free preview party will run at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy on July 19 and 20, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Days of ’47 Parade

  • The parade will take place on July 23 at 9 a.m.
  • The route will begin at South Temple and State Street in downtown Salt Lake City and end at Liberty Park.

Sunrise service

  • The Salt Lake Valley Combined Institute Choir, directed by Alan C. Sackett, will perform a sunrise service at the Assembly Hall on Temple Square on July 23 at 7 a.m.

First Encampment Hike

  • The First Encampment Hike gives people the chance to walk in the footsteps of the 1847 pioneers and commemorates the first pioneer campsite in the valley.
  • The hike will take place July 17 at 7 a.m. at Donner Park (2770 E. 990 South, east of Hogle Zoo).