With the July Fourth holiday right around the corner, we've corralled the best things for you to do over the holiday here in Cheyenne. Not into fireworks — or already have your own private celebration planned? Don't worry: we've still got you covered. Read on for our top things to do for Independence Day.
Presented by Dawn Priest and Jon Green.

  • Horseback at the Bit-O-Wyo Ranch

    470 Happy Jack Road, Cheyenne

    Ph. 307-698-6924

    The best part of living in Cheyenne is that it is so easy to get away from it. We love Cheyenne, but researchers have long known that country living helps folks deal with stress better, and we're fortunate enough to have many country opportunities within a stone's throw.

    If getting away from the craziness is your idea of a good Independence Day, the Bit-O' is close enough to be convenient but far enough to plausibly claim no cell service.

    The ranch offers all sorts of packages and activities, from afternoon trail rides to more involved getaways, so feel free to give them a shout and talk business. Just don't forget to come back.

  • Geocache Cheyenne

    If you need to stay a little closer to town and you've got a GPS device, perhaps geocaching is something you should have a look into. For the uninitiated, geocaching is a computer aged scavenger hunt. You plug in the published coordinates of a cache — there are over 300 within 25 miles of downtown — into your phone, Garmin or whatever, and go looking for it.

    The allure of geocaching in Cheyenne over the Fourth of July weekend is that it's a free chance to get out and walk around town without any particular destination in mind.

    Once you find the cache you're looking for, you sign the enclosed guest book and maybe trade a cheap trinket for the next cacher to find. Once you start, you'll be amazed at how many of these things are hidden in plain sight. Who knows: maybe you walk past one every day?

  • Camp at Glendo

    Off I-25 Exit 111

    Ph. 307-777-6323

    Glendo is a great spot to do any number of things if you need to get out of Cheyenne for a weekend. Looking for a place to drop anchor? Glendo Reservoir's banks are (quite literally) overflowing after generous snowfalls last winter and a wet spring. A place to pitch your tent? Roger. Something more modern? RV hookups are available if you skedaddle.

    While it's a little longer drive from Cheyenne than Vedauwoo, Glendo State Park also offers you a chance to meet up with folks from all across the state that you aren't likely to find in Cheyenne. And it also gives you an excuse to make a day-trip to Casper… why ever you would want to do that?

  • Hell on Wheels

    Cheyenne Regulators Gun Club

    Running from June 30 through July 3, Hell on Wheels doesn't refer to motorcycles, but wheel guns, that is, revolvers.

    How better to observe the Fourth of July weekend than taking in a bit of Cowboy Action Shooting as the Regulators' Gun Club hosts the SASS High Plains Regional west of Cheyenne? Competitors dressed in period garb — the period being the late nineteenth century — shoot period-style firearms against the clock, target and each other. Cowboy Action Shooting is a fantastic spectator sport, but we'll warn you now: if you're into old Colt Single Navys and the like, you might find yourself tempted to join…

    (Willie Lunchmeat/Flickr)
  • Fireworks in Cheyenne

    As near to Frontier Park as you can get

    Of course, no discussion of Independence Day activities in Cheyenne would be replete without a mention of the one and only fireworks display in the area, put on by the City in conjunction with Cheyenne Frontier Days.

    If you want to watch the show from Frontier Park, get there early as space is limited. The park opens at 5:30 on the Fourth of July, with music from Bob Mathews and the Country Club Band kicking off at 6. At 8, the Air Force's Tops In Blue will warm you and the crowd before the explosive show starts at 9:35.

    Any one who lives near the park can probably find a spot on the lawn to watch the action — Jon takes a lawn chair on his roof, redneck that he is — and of course the beer is cheaper and you don't have to fight traffic. But however you do it, be safe, and remember that private fireworks displays are limited to folks living outside of the Cheyenne city limits.

    (Yutaka Tsutano/Flickr)