Here in Utah we have 2 BIG Holidays that the entire state celebrates and recognizes:
Of course, the 4th of July!!
Then we also have our State Holiday, the 24th of July, otherwise known as "Pioneer Days" or the "Days of '47".
Pioneers are the people who settled Utah, when they came as Mormon settlers from across the plains from as far East as New York. Many came from a Mormon Encampment in Ohio. Either way, it's a long way across the continent, through very rugged terrain. And not in a car or even on a train, mind you. No, most Mormon Pioneers came by wagon. Some were pulled by oxen or horses, but many were pushed...by pioneers. Those are known as "Handcarts" and the people who pushed them were "Handcart Pioneers". They are the most revered of all our Mormon Ancestors for the trails they endured to reach this beautiful valley we now call home.
Because I love to decorate, I usually do my porch decor to celebrate a portion of both of these holidays in July, even though it means a quick change-a-roo of some of the elements. Over the years I have done a wide variety of decor that worked for both holidays, but I prefer to celebrate the Pioneer potion of it on it's own when I'm able.
This is my porch for the 4th of July this year:
And some close ups:
|Just a little FYI....this wreath won me a "Best of Show" Ribbon at our State Fair last year!!|
The layout of my furniture stayed the same for my 24th of July Porch, but here is what it looks like now:
And here are some close-ups of this design:
|Tutorials for how to make the 2 Covered Wagon decorations below!|