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Pioneer Day, that most Utah of holidays, is Monday. The biggest celebration, of course, is in Salt Lake City, where the annual Days of '47 parade and rodeo draw tens of thousands. But other communities are throwing parties, too, marking the occasion with picnics, parades and pyrotechnics. Here's a list of what's happening in Utah this holiday weekend:

Salt Lake City -- Days of '47 events

Friday, July 21

Annual Pioneer Day Concert at the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.

Saturday, July 22

10 a.m. : Youth Parade beginning at 600 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City; followed by Youth Festival with games, crafts, rides and food at Washington Square, 450 S. State, until 1 p.m.

6-11 p.m.: Celebration of Utah's Cultures at the Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main St., Salt Lake City.

7 p.m.: World Championship Rodeo at the Delta Center; tickets are $12.50 to $39.50, at the box office or 801-325-SEAT.

Monday , July 24

7 a.m.: Sunrise Service at the Assembly Hall in Temple Square

9 a.m.: Days of '47 Parade, starting at South Temple and Main Street

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Pioneer Festival at This Is the Place Heritage Park, 2601 E. Sunnyside Ave.

7 p.m.: World Championship Rodeo at the Delta Center, 7 p.m.

Salt Lake City -- other events

Saturday, 7 p.m.: Salt Lake Bees vs. Tucson Sidewinders with fireworks after the game.

Saturday, 8 p.m.: Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas with fireworks after the match.

Monday, 7 a.m. to dusk: Native American Celebration, Liberty Park, 500 E. 900 South. Food booths, entertainment, arts and craft booths; the 12th Annual Intertribal Competition Powwow begins at noon, with an intermission at 4 p.m.; second session begins at 5 p.m. The fireworks grand finale is at 10:10 p.m. Free.

Monday, 7 p.m.: Salt Lake Bees vs. Tucson Sidewinders with fireworks after the game.

Monday, 8 p.m. (gates open at 6:30 p.m.): "Ultimate Utah Celebration" at Usana Amphitheatre, 5400 S. 6200 West, West Valley City, with Peter Noone's Herman's Hermit's, Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband, the Saliva Sisters, the Disco Drippers and a fireworks finale. Tickets are $20 for reserved seats, $12.50 for general admission, or $50 for five, available at Smith's Tix outlets and the venue.


Handcart Days, Friday, July 21 : Food and live entertainment, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Bountiful City Park, 400 North between 100 and 200 West; Grand Parade starts at 1500 S. Main at 6 p.m. and goes to the park; fireworks at dusk, Mueller Park Junior High School, 955 E. 1800 South.

Saturday : Food and entertainment, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Bountiful City Park; historic tours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bountiful museum, 845 S. Main St.

Cedar City

Monday, Jubilee at the Iron County Visitor's Center and Iron Mission State Park, 635 N. Main, to raise funds for the restoration of the Joseph Sneddon Hunter House; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a quilt display, bake sale, music and square dancing and demonstrations of such pioneer craft as blacksmithing, weaving, spinning-dying, tatting and crocheting, rug making, pioneer toys, and honey extraction. Admission to the event is free; admission to the park is $3.

Cottonwood Heights

Monday, July 24 Butlerville Days at Butler Park, behind Cottonwood Heights Rec Center, 7500 S. 2700 East; parade at 4 p.m., entertainment at the main stage begins at 4:30 p.m.; auto exhibition featuring Corvettes, Cadillacs and others from 5 to 9 p.m.; skateboard exhibition at Guthrie Skate Park at 5 p.m., teen bands from 7 to 8 p.m.; patriotic event at 9:30 p.m., followed by fireworks.


Pioneer Day Celebration, Monday at Willow Park, 500 W. 700 South July 24 : Lions Club pancake breakfast, 7 to 10 a.m., $4 adults, $2.50 for children 10 and under and seniors; one- and three-mile fun runs at Willow Park at 7:30 a.m.; 3-on-3 basketball and horseshoe tournaments begin at 9 a.m.; skateboard competition at 10 a.m.; food and craft booths, entertainment and activities at Willow Park from 10 a.m. to dark; 10th annual Youth Rodeo at 10 a.m. at the Logan/Cache Fairgrounds; Pioneer Day Parade at noon at the park; fireworks at dark.


Friday, 7:30 p.m., rodeo at Ogden Pioneer Stadium in Lorin Farr Park, Monroe Boulveard and 15th Street, followed by a dance at 9 p.m. Rodeo tickets are $3-$10, available at the gate.

Saturday: Farmer's Market, Ogden Amphitheatre, 9 a.m.; Miss Rodeo Utah Fashion Show, Egyptian Theatre, 2415 Washington Blvd., 1 p.m.; rodeo, 7:30 p.m.

Monday: Ogden Pioneer Days Parade, begining at 31st Street and Washington Boulevard, 9 a.m.; rodeo and Miss Rodeo Utah Coronation, 7:30 p.m.

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Mormon Handcart Pageant, Wednesday through July 29, Juab County Fairgrounds Outdoor Arena, 350 W. Center St. Pre-pageant activities begin daily at 6:30 p.m. and include a Handcart History Fair, craft show, live entertainment and a pioneer art galley and sale; pioneer supper, 6 to 9 p.m., $9 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under. The pageant begins at 9:15 p.m. and portrays the tragedy and triumph of the Martin and Willie Handcart Companies and their rescuers.


Friday, July 21, 8 p.m. : The seventh annual presentation of "Pioneer Legacy," a pageant depicting the true stories of early Utah pioneers, in the outdoor theater in the Spring Acres Arts Park, 700 S. 1300 East. Russian folk dance group Yarmarka, featuring dancers, singers and musicians performing traditional songs from Russia, will perform before the pageant.