Make the most of your 4th of July weekend in Sheridan with this festively patriotic itinerary.
Saturday, July 1st
Start your day with a hearty, all-American style breakfast at P.O. News & Flagstaff Café, a staple in Sheridan since 1916. Try the Biscuits & Good Gravy or the Bighorn Breakfast. Afterwards, take a stroll down Main Street for the 26th Annual KARZ Rod Run, taking place from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Between Dow and Alger, Main Street will be blocked off to display around 150 hot rods, muscle, classic cars and trucks. Vendors and the awards presentation will be on Grinnell Plaza.
Following lunch, take a scenic drive up Hwy 14 to the Antelope Butte Mountain Recreation Area for the Bighorn Mountains Brewfest. Taking place from 1pm – 5pm, this beer festival will feature multiple craft breweries and live music. General admission tickets will be $25 per drinking adult.
For dinner, take the short drive to the Big Horn Smokehouse and savor the last few hours of the day on their shaded porch with a plate of brisket and a cold beverage.
Sunday, July 2nd
After breakfast, take a scenic drive on the Medicine Wheel or Bighorn Scenic Byway and experience peak wildflower season in the Bighorns. Wildflowers spring up in the lower elevations in early June while higher elevations in the Bighorns peak later in July and into August. Bring your hiking shoes and water and explore one of the many hikes accessible from the road.
Cool off with an afternoon at the Kendrick Park. Treat yourself to an ice-cream cone from the park’s ice-cream stand and find a shady tree alongside the creek. Sunday is also Dollar Days at the Kendrick Park Pool; each admission to the pool is only $1 for the entire afternoon.
In the evening, bring your lawn chairs and blankets to Kendrick Park for the U.S. Air Force Academy Band Patriotic Celebration. The band will be playing from 6pm – 8pm at the Kendrick Park Bandshell.
Monday, July 3rd
Spend the morning at the Brinton’s Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Building. On display now is the Spring Roundup with the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association exhibit. This exhibit features exquisite, intricately carved saddles, beautiful ornate spurs, bits with decorative silver and gold inlay and more.
Enjoy lunch at the Brinton Bistro. Located on the 3rd floor of the Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Building, the Brinton Bistro features indoor and outdoor seating and spectacular views of the Bighorn mountains.
Tuesday, July 4th
For a fun-filled afternoon, don’t miss the Wyoming Wife Carrying Contest at the Connor Battlefield State Park in Ranchester. Registration begins at 2pm with the race starting at 3pm. A kids’ bounce house, boat races, music by the Two Tracks, food and drink vendors will be included in the afternoon festivities. There will be fireworks at dusk.
Also on tap for July 4th is the annual community fireworks extravaganza in Big Horn. Gates open at 4:00pm for tailgating and summertime relaxing, live music and the largest fireworks display starting at 10:00pm.