History of the Upper Kittitas County Pioneer Days
Since the opening of the coal mines in the 1890's, people of many ethnic backgrounds have come to the Upper County. In appreciation of the freedom and the opportunities they enjoyed here, these people were very patriotic and enthusiastically celebrated the 4th of July each year. This tradition has been carried down through the generations, to the present day. The original celebrations which were sponsored by the coal miners, eventually evolved into the Logger's Festival, which ran from 1962 through 1968. As a tribute to the many elderly pioneers in the community, the celebration was changed in 1969 to the Pioneer Days Celebration. It has been successfully carried out each year since that time.