"Faithful" Warriors Walk Main Street during Handcart Days Grand Parade Photo: Shaun Stahle
Between the years 1856-1860, more than 3,000
members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints embarked
west across the American prairie on a long and treacherous journey
to Salt Lake Valley with only a wooden handcart to carry their
belongings. The annual celebration of Handcart Days, held every
year since 1950 in the northern Utah community of Bountiful, honors
the sacrifices and contributions of these pioneering Mormons. The
event features a parade, a "fireside" (religious service), band
concert, fireworks, games, rides, food at Bountiful Park, an art
exhibit, a melodrama, recreational activities and contests, and
park entertainment. The non-profit, self-sustaining, all-volunteer
festivity, dating back to 1950, takes place during the last two
weeks of July. Approximately 100,000 residents of Bountiful, West
Bountiful, Woods Cross, North Salt Lake, Centerville, Farmington,
Fruit Heights, and Kaysville participate. Project documentation
consists of a report delineating a decade-by-decade history of the
event, news releases and local press coverage, flyers, programs,
and color photographs.
Originally submitted by: James V. Hansen, Representative (1st District).
The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.