The 15th annual National Day of the American Cowboy will take place on July 27 in Fort Worth, Texas. Observed annually on the fourth Saturday of July each year, the day is set aside to celebrate the contributions of Cowboys (and girls) to America’s culture and heritage. Texas is one of 11 American states that recognise and celebrate this day. Hosted in the heart of Texas, the event has even been awarded the ‘Best Cowboy Tribute’ event in the nation by Western lifestyle magazine.
“Saddle up for an entire day dedicated to the American Cowboy”
Hosted at Fort Worth’s Stockyards National Historic District, the national day is celebrated with a range of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Visitors are welcome to explore a number of free activities; including a Cow Milking Contest, Rodeo Clown Panel, Face Painting, Chuck Wagon Poetry and Live Western Music. Other fun and exciting events include the Most Worn Boot Contest and Riscky’s Rib Eating Contest.
The National Day Of The American Cowboy takes place at the Stockyards National Historic District in Fort Worth, Texas. You can find the celebration at 2501 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth, TX 76164, USA.
Fort Worth, Texas, is home to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the fourth busiest airport in the country. Most major and budget airlines operate throughout the domestic and international terminals, making it easy to travel to this event.
Fort Worth’s transport authority offers bus routes all over the Fort Worth area; with direct routes passing through popular areas including the Stockyards National Historic District. The downtown area is serviced by ‘Molly The Trolley’, a free downtown trolley service; and the Trinity Railway Express offers quick and convenient rail transportation between Fort Worth and Dallas. Bike sharing is also a popular way to travel around Fort Worth; with over 40 docking stations located throughout the city. Finally, rideshare options such as Uber and Lyft are also readily available throughout the city.
Located three miles north of the city centre, annual celebrations for the National Day Of The American Cowboy take place at the Fort Worth Stockyards and historic district. A number of nearby hotel options are available in the Stockyards National Historic District; including Hyatt Place Fort Worth Historic Stockyards, Stone House and Courtyard by Marriott Fort Worth Historic Stockyards. A number of nearby Airbnb options are also available and you can explore a range of accommodation options below.
For more accommodation options, visitors can also stay in and around the city centre; with opportunities to explore Fort Worth beyond the Stockyards Historic District. A number of affordable options including hostels, hotels and Airbnbs can be found in the city centre. The event is easily accessible by both car and public transport.
There are plenty of things to see, do and experience in the central city of Fort Worth, Texas. During your visit to the Stockyards National Historic District, make sure to get an authentic experience of the West by visiting some of the district’s most popular attractions. Honour the legends of the west and explore the Texas Cowboy Hall Of Fame and Stockyards Station. The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is the world’s only museum dedicated to honouring women of the American West. The Stockyards also showcases the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive; the ‘Fort Worth Herd’. You can catch the cattle drive every day at 11.30 am and 4 pm.
If you are looking for some traditional dining options, be sure to check out Riscky’s Barbeque for some of the best ribs in town. Other popular places serving up ‘cowboy cuisine’ include the Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Cattlemen’s Steak House and Hunter Brothers’ H3 Ranch.
Fort Worth is also home to a number of world-class museums, which also offer free admission. You can explore a range of collections and displays at the Amon Carter Museum, Kimbell Art Museum, Sid Richardson Museum and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
If you are looking for an outdoor adventure, Fort Worth offers a range of stunning locations with plenty of activities. The Trinity Trails offer over 20 miles of trails connected to 21 different parks in downtown Fort Worth; perfect for a morning walk, run or bike. The Fort Worth Nature Centre and Refuge offer a 3,600-acre centre filled with wildlife, and is one of the largest of its kind in the country. Fort Worth is also home to the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens; the oldest botanic garden in Texas, which offers over 100 acres and 23 speciality gardens.
Celebrate the National Day Of The American Cowboy this July with an authentic western experience. Check out Rad’s Bucket List and add these events to your schedule.
Riscky’s Rib Eating Contest – For only $5 for pre-registration (or $10 at the door), you can take part in Riscky’s Rib Eating Contest. Hosted by Fort Worth’s legendary Barbecue restaurant Riscky’s, visitors are free to sample some of the best ribs in town! The contest starts at 11 am, with those making it to the last round competing again at the finals at 12 pm.
Cow Milking Contest – One of many free activities is the cow milking contest. Offered between 10 and 2 pm, get your hands dirty and see if you’ve got what it takes!
Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive – Make sure not to miss the world’s only twice a day cattle drive, in the heart of Fort Worth, Texas. The Fort Worth Herd takes place every day at 11.30 am and 4 pm and should definitely be on your schedule.
In 2019, the National Day of the American Cowboy will be celebrated on July 27.
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