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National Utah Day

Happy National Utah Day! Join us in celebrating the natural beauty and unique culture of the Beehive State.
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Get ready to celebrate the beautiful state of Utah on National Utah Day, which occurs annually on January 4! This day is all about recognizing and appreciating the unique culture, history, and natural landscapes of the Beehive State. Did you know that Utah is home to five national parks, including Zion and Bryce Canyon? It's also known for its delicious cuisine, such as fry sauce and funeral potatoes. So whether you're a resident or just a fan of this amazing state, let's come together to honor all things Utah on this special day.

History of National Utah Day

National Utah Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1847</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Mormon Pioneers' Arrival</div><div class='timeline-text'>Mormon pioneers, led by Brigham Young, settled in what is now Salt Lake City, marking the beginning of large-scale settlement in Utah.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1850</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Utah Territory Formation</div><div class='timeline-text'>The U.S. Congress passed the Act of September 9, 1850, which officially established the Utah Territory.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1896</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Statehood Achieved</div><div class='timeline-text'>On January 4, Utah officially joined the Union as the 45th state, and Salt Lake City was named as its capital.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1919</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Zion National Park Established</div><div class='timeline-text'>Zion National Park, known for its striking red-rock landscapes and beautiful hiking trails, was established.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2002</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Winter Olympics Held</div><div class='timeline-text'>Salt Lake City hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics, placing Utah on a global stage and boosting tourism in the state.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2017</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First National Utah Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Utah Day was first acknowledged by the National Day Calendar organization in 2017, giving the state its own day of recognition.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Utah Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Explore Utah's National Parks</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>On National Utah Day, take the opportunity to visit one of Utah's five national parks: Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion. Each park offers stunning landscapes and unique experiences that showcase the beauty of Utah.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Try a traditional Utah dish</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Celebrate Utah's culinary heritage by trying a traditional dish such as fry sauce, Funeral Potatoes, or Jell-O salad. These dishes are popular in Utah and can be found at many restaurants or made at home.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a local festival or parade</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Many cities and towns in Utah hold festivals or parades on National Utah Day. Look up events in your area and attend one to celebrate with your community and learn more about the state's culture and history.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a historical landmark</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Utah is rich in history, and there are many landmarks and monuments that commemorate significant events in the state's past. Take a trip to one of these sites, such as the Golden Spike National Historic Site or the This is the Place Heritage Park, to learn more about Utah's history.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Watch a Utah-themed movie or TV show</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather some friends and watch a movie or TV show set in Utah or featuring famous Utah landmarks. Some options include "127 Hours," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," or "Westworld."</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Utah Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Celebrating the beauty of Utah</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Utah Day is a time to honor and appreciate the stunning landscapes, national parks, and unique culture that makes Utah so special. From the red rock deserts to the snowy mountain peaks, there's no denying the natural beauty of this state.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Pride in local traditions and history</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>On National Utah Day, people can come together and celebrate the rich history and traditions of this state. Whether it's through festivals, food, or storytelling, there are countless ways to honor and preserve the unique heritage of Utah.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Embracing the spirit of adventure</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Utah is known for its outdoor adventures, from skiing in Park City to hiking in Zion National Park. National Utah Day is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of all the amazing activities this state has to offer and create new memories with friends and family.</p></div></div>

5 Unfamiliar Facts About Amazing Utah

National Utah Day FAQs

When is National Utah Day?

National Utah Day is celebrated on May 31 every year. In 2024 National Utah Day will occur on a Friday.

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