I know that is still a week away, but now is a good time to get ready for next week’s festivities in Bountiful. Handcart Days is a local celebration commemorating the Mormon Pioneer’s entry into the Salt Lake Valley. Some may remember that a large part of the Mormon immigrants didn’t have the money to outfit a wagon and a team to cross the Great Plains. Brigham Young devised a plan to have a wagon made to be pulled by the individuals who were crossing the plains.
The Design was pretty simple, a wagon type box with a handle protruding out of the front of the wagon, the person pushing the wagon would stand in front of the wagon and grasp the handle and push the wagon while walking across the Great Plains. This isn’t what this post is about, rather the fun activities in store!
It all begins with the 62nd Annual Handcart Parade. This begins July 23rd at 6 PM. The Parade will go on for almost 2 miles down Main Street. It begins at 1500 South Main and goes to 400 North, ending at the city park at 400 North. There will be floats, bands, horses, well it will have the standard parade events.
There will be fun and games at the city park at 400 North both Tuesday Night and Wednesday during the day. There will also be bus tours available for some 35 of the historic sites in the Bountiful area. For those who like to run, on Wednesday morning there will be a 1K, 5K and a half Marathon. If you wish to participate in these you will need to register for them.
What would any celebration like this be without fireworks? In my opinion, it would be pretty dull. The Fireworks will take place on Tuesday Night at dusk. They will be shot from the Mueller Park Junior High School at dusk which is about 9:45 PM. There will be something for everyone, so come out and have a great time!