Thursday, July 23, 2015

Pioneer Day Food, Games, Activities, Crafts

We invite all to learn more about our Pioneer Heritage and participate in family activities or events.  The words that come to mind as we contemplate the hard work and sacrifices of so many who came before us is "Blessed, Honored, Pioneer".  It's in that spirit that we share the following ideas for families:

What is Pioneer Day in Utah?

July 24th is an annual commemorative celebration of the arrival of the first group of 'Mormon Pioneers' into the Salt Lake Valley.

Here is a brief synopsis from Wikipedia:

Pioneer Day is an official holiday celebrated on July 24 in the U.S. state of Utah, with some celebrations in regions of surrounding states originally settled by Mormon pioneers. It commemorates the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847, where the Latter-day Saints settled after being forced from Nauvoo, Illinois, and other locations in the eastern United States. Parades, fireworks, rodeos, and other festivities (such as songs, dances, potlucks, handcart re-enactment, pioneer related activities) help commemorate the event.  - Wikipedia - Pioneer Day

Here are a few activities that you can do together as a family.  We hope that all of us are better people through remembering and commemorating what our predecessors have done for us.

Pioneer Day Commemoration (Pres. Hinckley)
The Mormon Pioneer Trail
What is the significance of Pioneer Day?
Pioneers: An Anchor for Today

More ideas can be found on our Pinterest page.

Make your own butter

Play some Pioneer Games (pulling-sticks)

Learn about Pioneer children and families
Make Pioneer Biscuits

Craft your own Pioneer Candles

Enjoy a hearty dutch-oven dinner!

Pioneer Day Articles:
Huffington Post
Time and Date
Mormon Share (activity ideas)
Mormon Tabernacle Choir (concert)
and... find other fun ideas on:
Pioneer Day - Pinterest

Our own little Precious Pioneer