Celebrate Buffalo Bill’s birthday February 24-26 in Colorado and Wyoming

Featured image: William “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s grave near Golden, Colorado (photo by Billy Hathom, via Creative Commons)

William “Buffalo Bill” Cody was a scout and bison hunter in the old American West. He was instrumental in founding the town of Cody in northwestern Wyoming. But he’s probably the best known celebrity of all time with his traveling shows that spread awareness of the Western and Native American cultures worldwide.

Every year, birthday celebrations in memory of Buffalo Bill are held in Wyoming and Colorado. Four events are scheduled in 2018.

Buffalo Bill Birthday Ball

Cody Auditorium, 1240 Beck Avenue, Cody, Wyoming
Saturday, February 24, beginning at 5 p.m.
$35 per person in advance and $40 at the door

The Knights of Columbus in Cody hosts this ball on the Saturday nearest Buffalo Bill’s birthday, which is February 26. The 2018 ball opens at 5 p.m. on February 24, and a prime rib dinner is served at 6 p.m. Dancing, a gun raffle, and silent and live auctions follow.

Proceeds from the ball support charities and service organizations in Cody.

Check the birthday ball’s page for more information and ticket purchases.

Buffalo Bill’s Birthday Celebration

Buffalo Bill Center of the West, 720 Sheridan Avenue, Cody, Wyoming
Sunday, February 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Free admission

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West honors the 172nd birthday of Buffalo Bill with free admission to everyone on February 25. The Buffalo Bill Band, under the direction of Wade French, also performs from 2 to 4 p.m. in the center’s Kuyper Dining Pavilion.

For more information, visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s website or call (307) 587-4771.

Buffalo Bill Birthday Bash

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, 987-1/2 Lookout Mountain Road near Golden, Colorado (get directions)
Sunday, February 25, noon–4 p.m.
Free admission

Sing happy birthday to Buffalo Bill, eat cake, make crafts, and learn more about his incredible life in the old American West. Enjoy the beautiful panorama from his gravesite and explore the museum dedicated to his life and career.

For more information, visit the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave website or call (303) 526-0744.

The museum and gravesite are located 20 miles west of Denver and 11 miles southwest of Golden.

Wreath-laying Ceremony

Buffalo Bill—The Scout sculpture, just north of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming
Monday, February 26, 11 a.m.
Free admission

The Cody High School’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter hosts its annual wreath-laying ceremony at Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s sculpture, Buffalo Bill—The Scout. Whitney was a sculptor, art collector, and founder of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

For more information, visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s website or call (307) 587-4771.

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