Johns descriptions of the celebratory events are spot on. Even today those same events take place from town to town. In the book Price:City of Diversity, author Mr. Watt gives a brief supporting description of Prices Pioneer Day Celebration.
"The epitome of entertainment was the celebrations of the Fourth and Twenty-fourth of July held each year. The celebrations for each were similar. A gun salute began the celebrations; by mid-morning the people of Price viewed a parade and then at the town hall heard lectures or witnessed a musical program. In the afternoon children's races were organized and oftentimes a children's dance as well. In the evening a dance was held. Beginning about 1900 these patriotic and other celebrations often included spirited horse races in the afternoon. Everybody loved these events and people would come from all over the county to watch and celebrate together."
So in celebration of the intrepid Mormon Pioneers I offer you some of the chapter Pioneer Day from Mamma's Boarding House.