Fourth of July is big around here. We have parades on both July 3 and July 4th, which include a Children's parade, and two large parades. The large parade on the fourth is usually pretty much the same as the one on the 3rd, but usually a little larger, as some bands, etc. only come for the 4th. You will see a lot of horses, wagons, cowboys, pack teams, etc. This is a real western event. Top cowboys from across the country come to Cody for the Cody Stampede Rodeo over the July 1 - 4 holidays where they can win big purses. Even with 5,500 reserved seating space, if you wish to attend this rodeo I would recommend making your reservations in advance. The 4th also brings activities in the city park, and firework in the evening.
Many cultural events take place at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Check out their web site www.bbhc.org for schedules. One of my favorites is the annual Indian Pow Wow at the Historical Center, which is usually scheduled in late June. The museum’s Draper of Natural History has an active laboratory, which I do volunteer work in. Sometimes if staff and volunteers are working in the lab the door will be open. Feel free to come in, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. We are always happy to explain to the public what we do in the lab. At other times members of the Draper's staff will present talks on various topic. Some summers you may even be lucky enough to view live snakes as you listen to a talk on about them.
The local people for the wide majority are friendly, small town folks. Looking someone in the eye and giving a smile and a 'hi' is the common thing to do here. Don't be afraid to ask for directions, recommendations, or even help if in trouble. It would be a rare local who wouldn't offer a helping hand or advice.
The statue in the photo is of Buffalo Bill Cody, and is located by the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. The second photo is of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center’s Draper Museum of Natural History’s Learning Lab.
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Although Cody's residents are predominantly Caucasian (European descent); the town remains to be friendly to diversity and cultures. So, don't be shy and say hello! No sense in being a stranger in such a small town.
For the first time this year, the first annual Race Unity Day Celebration will be held on the second Sunday in June, that is June 11th, 5pm-8pm in the City Park. The potluck picnic is a free event sponsored by the Baha'is of Cody (www.bahai.us) and will include music, games, arts, and crafts. All are welcome and bring your favorite ethnic dish!
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