Pioneer Day is an official Utah holiday. It commemorates the Mormon Pioneers entering the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847. We celebrate with fireworks, homemade ice cream, and a family party.
It also happens to be a convenient time to celebrate family birthdays and so instead of our usual small family party, we like to invite as much family as is willing to join us.
While I was working on getting a lot of sparklers lit, April roamed around and graciously took pictures.
Coming home I was delighted to see the shots available to post. Looking at all these cousins, and kids, and families makes me think of when we were all so much younger.
It makes me think of when we were the kids with the sparklers and Grandpa was the one taking pictures.
These photos make me think of when we would sit on the grass at the Duplex (our first home) and watch as dad’s and uncles would run out and light fireworks.
Or when we were a little older, lighting the fireworks ourselves. (Not to be confused with lighting ourselves with fireworks.)
There was the year that a rogue “flower” firework ended up going in the front door of the Duplex. And there was the year that the Alaska cousins came down for the summer and we slept out every night. On the 4th or the 24th of July we collected our own stash of screamers that we lit at 2:00 am.
And always there was ice cream and so many kids, uncles, aunts, friends…
Now we have cousins with kids. And these new kids are old enough to help light up the night (with supervision).
And we gather on Brooke’s lawn and we watch the fireworks.
We chat and tease the new babies. We paint nails and light sparklers. We eat ice cream.
I guess we continue the tradition of family and parties and making explosive memories.
Happy Pioneer (birthday) Family party Days!