Frequently Asked Questions
Bountiful Handcart Days is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated solely to the sponsorship of the Bountiful Handcart Days celebration held annually to remember and commemorate the contributions and sacrifices of pioneers in the past, at present, and in the future.
Q: How early can I begin saving seats for the parade?
A: Bountiful City allows parade spectators to set up chairs after 7 a.m. on the day of the parade.
Q: I want to be in the parade, how do I get started?
A: To be in the parade you need to submit some forms, pay a $150 fee, and then go through the approval process. More information is available here.
Q: Can I become a vendor at the park or at the parade?
A: Proceeds go 100% to pay for our activities—parade, Art & Craft Exhibition and free entertainment at Bountiful Park. Vendor information is available here.
Q: Do you have fireworks at Handcart Days?
A: Yes, the Handcart Days fireworks show is provided by Bountiful City on July 23 at dusk (around 10:00 PM) at Mueller Park Jr. High in Bountiful.
Q: Where are the applications and forms?
A: Links to all the downloads and online application forms are available here.
Facts About Handcarts Days
The festivities include a grand parade along Main Street Bountiful, an art exhibit, a two-day celebration at Bountiful Park featuring pioneer and more modern games for children, other activities and lots of food.
The parade is the second biggest parade in Utah with tens of thousands of people watching.
A month-long art show held at the Bountiful-Davis Arts Center gives local talent of all ages a showcase for their work.
There are two days of full activities at Bountiful Park with emphasis on wholesome family fun. Games include pioneer games, talking to mountain men, climbing a wall, inflatables and a train rides. Traditionally popular foods such as hot dogs, smoothies, fried scones are prepared and sold. We keep prices as low as possible to encourage families to participate whatever the economic times. The park activities give children an idea how pioneer families lived. And we have a live entertainment stage where local talent has opportunity to perform at the park and provide free entertainment.
Handcart Days is a volunteer-driven event. People from three cities in the south of Davis County come together in a great cause and provide many hours of volunteer service.
We are grateful for the considerable financial and people support at the parade and the park, provided by the City of Bountiful.
There is no doubt the community loves these activities that provide memories, enjoyment, and family activities. We think they create community spirit better than any other activity and remind us all of our heritage and the freedoms we enjoy because of the sacrifices of those who came before. How popular are these activities to the people of the area? Ask them how they would feel if they were discontinued.