For the ninth year in a row, the U.S. Senate has declared a National Day of the American Cowboy. This year the day falls on July 27. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, both R-Wyo., introduced the resolution that the Senate passed unanimously last week to honor the accomplishments and contributions of cowboys across the nation.

U.S. Senator Craig Thomas started the tradition of naming the fourth Saturday in July “National Day of the American Cowboy” in 2005. The day coincides each year with Cheyenne Frontier Days. Since Thomas’ passing, Enzi and Barrasso have continued the tradition in honor of his legacy.

Co-sponsors of the resolution include: Senators Max Baucus, D-Mont; Mike Crapo, R-Idaho; Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; John Hoeven, R-N.D.; Jim Inhofe, R-Okla.; Mike Johanns, R-Neb.; Tim Johnson, D-S.D.; Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.; Harry Reid, D-Nev.; Jim Risch, R-Idaho; and Jon Tester, D-Mont.