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Where did the Utah pioneers hold their first recorded celebration of Independence day on July 4, 1851?

(Answer on page 13)

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The first recorded celebration of Independence Day in Utah was at Black Rock, an isolated rock about 90 feet long and 40 feet wide, standing about 40 feet above the water near the shore of the Great Salt Lake. On July 4, 1851, a procession of 150 carriages left Salt Lake City at 8 a.m. and arrived at Black Rock, about 21 miles west of Salt Lake City, four hours later. The company included the First Presidency and other Church officials, prominent citizens and friends led by the Nauvoo Legion and a brass band. A new flag, made for the occasion, had been raised on the flag pole at Black Rock and a program of dancing, speeches and singing took place. The procession returned to Salt Lake City the following morning.

Source: Encyclopedic History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Andrew Jenson, pages 67-68.

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