The Days of ’47 is an annual celebration that commemorates the arrival of the first pioneer settlers to the Great Salt Lake Valley in 1847. This year’s celebration, themed “Pioneers — Building on the Dream,” will include a month-long calendar of events, culminating with a state holiday, Tuesday, July 24.
Union Pacific is proud to join this year’s festivities in dual commemoration of Utah’s rich history and the railroad’s 150th anniversary. The railroad will stage a community celebration July 24 at the historic Union Pacific depot in downtown Salt Lake City from noon to 4:30 p.m.
The event will kick-off at 12:30 p.m. with a brief ceremony in front of the depot, highlighting UP’s long-standing relationship with the Great Salt Lake Valley community.
Governor Gary R. Herbert will issue a declaration and Mayor Ralph Becker will make a presentation to Union Pacific. UP also will make a special presentation naming Salt Lake City a member of Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry.
Following the ceremony, UP will host a community parade, with free rides on the railroad’s mini-train available to the general public.
The railroad will also open a series of attractions for the community to explore UP’s storied history via historical artifacts, photos and a locomotive simulator. Refreshments will be served.