SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — People in Utah are gathering to celebrate the state's history and recognize Mormon pioneers who trekked West in search of religious freedom.

Pioneer Day is a beloved only-in-Utah holiday every July 24 that features parades, rodeos, fireworks and more.

It marks the date in 1847 when Brigham Young and other Mormon pioneers, many puling handcarts, ended their treacherous journey across the country from Illinois and discovered the Salt Lake Valley.