Cottonwood Heights to honor pioneer past with community celebration

July 9, 2013 by  

Cottonwood Heights residents are preparing to celebrate their city’s pioneer heritage at a patriotic family-oriented event.

In late July, the annual Butlerville Days festival will be returning to town. Printing companies may be experiencing an influx in business as the vendors and community planners behind this fun-filled occasion order banners and flyers in anticipation of the big day.

The event is one of many that will be taking place throughout Utah on Pioneer Day; an official state holiday that commemorates the arrival of the first wave of settlers into the Salt Lake Valley during the 19th Century. The Cottonwood Heights celebration aims to take attendees back to Salt Lake County’s early days, when their area was known as Butlerville.

The festivities will kick off at 4:00 pm with a parade featuring a variety of floats. A number of participants will be wearing pioneer-era clothing, and some will be riding in wooden wagons. The procession will start at the intersection of 2700 East and Fort Union Boulevard and end at 2301 East Bengal Boulevard.

After the parade, attendees will gather at Butler Park (7500 South 2700 East) to enjoy food, live music, a car show, and historical displays that depict life during the pioneer era. They will also see a juggling show and have a chance to ride a mechanical bull.

A fireworks display will commence at 9:45 pm. Butler Park will close for the evening at 11:00 pm.

Butlerville Days will be held on Wednesday, July 24. Ticket prices will start at $0.50 each.