Henry and Adam on the train.

The 24th of July was on a Sunday this year so the parade and most of the celebrations (fireworks, etc.) were on Monday the 25th.  The perfect thing to do for a Pioneer Day celebration is to visit Heritage Park at the mouth of Emigration Canyon, Salt Lake City, Ut.  A small train moves you around the park from site to site much to the enjoyment of all kids!

Fun at Heritage Park, Bec and Jen on the train.

Playing in the Park.


Now grandpa swings with Hennie.

Bec thinking she can do pullups.

Hennie still thinking about throwing the frisbee.

Hennie chasing the frisbee with Izzie.

and pushed for about 45 minutes!

and pushed and pushed…

The swings were the activity of the day as we pushed and pushed…..

Becca on the slide.

There is a small playground not far from the condo and we spent every free moment we had playing in the park.  This was a new experience for Bob, since he usually is working and does not have the time just to play in the park.  Henry and Becca loved it!

Henry on slide at park near the SL condo (the house in the sky as Becca calls it).

The best 24th of July with family!!

Scott Esplin, his fiance Becca and Shelley Esplin




but the float doctor came to the rescue.

The Jewish float had trouble and smoke started billowing….

I think this will be one of my favorite 24th of July, with family watching a parade in memory of the pioneers!!  Here we are sitting on the asphalt watching the parade.  Henry is in my lap, Jen next to me and Becca in her dad’s lap (Adam).  It was a beautiful day.

Henry, Me, Jen, Becca and Adam, parade watching!

Henry, Adam and Becca watching parade. Shelley Esplin is in the background.

Parade! Floats! Horses! Bands! 24th of July!!!



And one more float....






Another beautiful float in the parade.

Rider on two horses.

Another beautiful float in the parade.

There were many beautiful floats in the parade.  Most were made by one of the Utah Stakes.  I was amazed at the complexity of the floats and began to wonder if “float builder” was a church calling in the SLC Stakes????

One of the many beautiful floats in the 24th parade.

Becca and Henry send their love to President Monson…and it is returned!

As Becca and Henry waved at President Monson he made a fist and touched his chest over his heart and then pointed and waved to them.  They responded by throwing kisses to him.  It was a beautiful moment.

President Monson

President Monson leads the parade.