National Day of the Cowboy

July 24 is the National Day of the Cowboy.

Started as a way to honor the cowboy culture and preserve our pioneer heritage, the National Day of the Cowboy takes place the fourth Saturday of July.

Whether you live in the middle of a big city, or you wear scuffed cowboy boots every day, there are a few ways we can all celebrate the event.



Head to a rodeo and get in on the excitement of watching professional rodeo athletes compete.

For a list of rodeos, check out the schedule here: ProRodeo Schedule



There are so many fabulous museums with cowboy and western history. If there is one in your area, think about taking the family for a visit.



Pop a bowl of popcorn, get all your favorite snacks, and settle in to watch an old western, or a western movie marathon. If you’ve never watched one before, John Wayne’s The Searchers is a good one, or try High Noon with Gary Cooper,  or The Good, The Bad and The Ugly with Clint Eastwood. Some fun western series to binge watch include The Young Riders, The Virginian, and Gunsmoke.



If you have cowboy boots, a hat, western shirt, or even a pair of jeans, pull on those western duds as you celebrate the cowboy lifestyle today. Take a photo and post it in your favorite social media outlet with the hashtag #NationalDayOfTheCowboy.



Wrangle up some good cowboy eats. You can’t go wrong with beef (think juicy burger or a good steak), barbecue beans, and cowboy cookies for dessert. (You can also find some tasty cowboy approved recipes in my A Cowboy Christmas book).


Enjoy a day to celebrate cowboys and the wonderful, unique heritage they’ve brought to America. If you want to help preserve that heritage visit the National Day of the Cowboy website.


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