Ready for a Last-Minute July 4 Getaway? Head to Cody Yellowstone for Cody Stampede and Some “Rip-Roaring” Fun
CODY, Wyo., June 23, 2022 – The July 4 holiday is such a big deal in tiny Cody, Wyoming that it takes five days to pack in all of the fun. Called the Cody Stampede, the events include nightly rodeos, art festivals, parades and a massive fireworks display.
Although the town often experiences big, enthusiastic crowds, with limited accommodations and campsites available during the holiday, this year is trending differently because of Yellowstone flood-related cancellations. Because Cody is just 52 miles from the East Gate of the park, many travelers combine Cody and Yellowstone in one big classic Western vacation.
“Our mantra before last week’s park flooding was ‘plan ahead’ but the flooding in Yellowstone has impacted bookings in the town of Cody as well as throughout the region, and last-minute travelers looking for some July 4 fun will be able to find availability in campgrounds and hotels,” said Ryan Hauck, executive director of Cody Yellowstone. “Everything in Cody is open and unimpacted by the floods, and our visitors can still easily do day trips into the south loop of Yellowstone. There’s a big opportunity for travelers with flexible schedules and a hankering for some Western-style adventures.”
Cody Yellowstone has opened two helplines to assist travelers who wish to make accommodations and other arrangements. Those numbers are 307-586-1574 and 307-586-1571.
This year’s event is certain to be rip-roaring fun, as actor Cole Hauser, best known for his role as Rip Wheeler in the blockbuster show “Yellowstone,” will be this year’s July 4 parade Grand Marshal. Typically viewed by thousands of flag-waving celebrants lining the streets of Sheridan Ave., the July 4 parade is among many events during the five-day event that has been called one of the “top small-town American Fourth of July celebrations in the country.”
The celebration kicks off June 30 with the Cody Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls & Bullfighters Only Tour. Nightly rodeos sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and The Women’s Professional Rodeo Association will be staged July 1-4. Other events include the Wild West Fest on July 2, 3 and 4; and parades – including the always-adorable Kiddies Parade – on July 2, 3 and 4. A massive fireworks display caps the final July 4 rodeo.
The theme of this year’s event is “Yellowstone – 150 Years of Wild and Wonder.”
What Else to Know about the Cody Stampede
- Rodeo tickets can be purchased online now. General admission tickets are $23 for adults and $11.50 for children for rodeos on July 1, 2 and 3. Reserved seats for the July 4 rodeo and Xtreme Bulls event are $30.
- More than 800 rodeo contestants will be competing for a purse with more than $400,000.
- There are numerous free or moderately priced events including the three-day Wild West Arts Fest beginning July 2, 41st Annual Runners Stampede on July 4 and three days of parades beginning with the Kiddies Parade on July 2.
- Out-of-towners have broad choice of lodging with more than 1,600 rooms, but the region’s hotels, inns, ranches and campgrounds can sell out for the event, and travelers are encouraged to book rooms soon.
- Hauser joins a long list of distinguished Grand Marshals who have led the famous parade over the years. Others include John Wayne, Wilford Brimley, Chuck Yeager and rodeo star Dusty Tuckness.
Home of the Great American Adventure, Cody Yellowstone is comprised of the northwestern Wyoming towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as areas inside of Yellowstone National Park and the valley east of the entrance. The region is known for rodeos, authentic guest and dude ranches, world-class museums and recreational adventures that reflect the adventurous spirit of the visionaries and explorers who brought the remote region to the world’s attention.
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