Cody, Wyoming Marks Buffalo Bill’s Birthday with Three-Day Celebration
CODY, Wyo., Feb. 17, 2017 – Buffalo Bill Cody’s 171st birthday is on Feb. 26, and even though he died a century ago, the town he founded still celebrates his birthday every year. With gusto. Three days of gusto.
“An annual birthday celebration for a man who was larger than life when he was alive seems fitting in the town he founded,” said Claudia Wade, director of the Park County Travel Council, the marketing arm of Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country. “Plus, it is just plain fun.”
The weekend celebration kicks off with free admission to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West on Friday, Feb. 24. The museum will also offer visitors free food including birthday cake, live music and family activities starting at 3 p.m. At 4 p.m. staffers will open a time capsule to mark the centennial of the acclaimed museum.
On Saturday, Feb. 25., the local Knights of Columbus hosts the Buffalo Bill Birthday Ball, a fundraising event that benefits local charities and service programs. The event is staged in the Cody Auditorium, which has been converted into a replica of the Wolfville Hall, once the largest dancing and gambling establishment in town and a favorite haunt of Buffalo Bill’s.
On Monday, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m., the Cody High School FFA chapter will host its annual wreath-laying ceremony at Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s famous sculpture Buffalo Bill – the Scout.
More information is available online.
Yellowstone Country is comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park.
The area of Park County is called “Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country” because it was the playground of Buffalo Bill Cody himself. Buffalo Bill founded the town of Cody in 1896, and the entire region was driven and is still heavily influenced by the vision of the Colonel. Today its broad streets, world-class museum Buffalo Bill Center of the West and thriving western culture host nearly 1 million visitors annually.