Our Mission…
The National Day of the American Cowboy campaign was founded by American Cowboy magazine in 2004 to preserve, protect and promote our cowboy and Western heritage and lobby for the passage of a national resolution designating the fourth Saturday of every July a permanent celebration on the national calendar honoring cowboys and cowgirls for their enduring contribution to the courageous, pioneering spirit of America.

Cowboyday.com was created by American Cowboy magazine to help coordinate and promote National Day of the American Cowboy celebrations all across the country. By serving as a clearinghouse for information related to the campaign and by lending support and resources where they are needed, we hope to preserve and protect America’s cowboy culture and heritage through education, celebrations, ceremonies, and other community activities.

Please Note
National Day of the American Cowboy and this website are in no way associated with Bethany Braley’s organization “National Day of the Cowboy”. Ms. Braley is a former employee of American Cowboy who, after leaving the magazine in 2005, began promoting her own version of National Day of the American Cowboy, calling it “National Day of the Cowboy.”

How Did You Celebrate National Day of the American Cowboy?
We'd love to see! Send us your pictures from your NDAC event, and we'll post them to share with the world (subject to approval). Email your pictures to jreynolds@aimmedia.com

2009 Celebrations:
Cowboy Traders' Day, Pryor OK

Here's how some folks celebrated in 2008:
Calavaras County, CA - Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry - Columbia City, IN -
Cross Brand Cowboy Church in Bentonville AR - Fort Worth Stockyards - Okeechobee, FL -
Pinal County, AZ - Prescott, AZ - Pryor, OK - Rod's Western Palace, OH -
Swap-n-Shop in Danville, AR - Wild West Toys in Ft. Worth, TX - Hyattville, WY

2010 NDAC Events
sorted alphabetically, by state

"National Day of the American Cowboy"

This is a day we set out to give praise
To those who honor the Cowboy ways.

The American Cowboy is a true hero,
Who helped our nation to thrive and grow.

The cowboy was a true pioneer,
Who braved the wild western frontier.

Not only did he tame the American West,
He stood for the values which we think of as best:

He believes in hard work, and playing hard too,
And in honoring women in all that they do.

To be independent and stand up for what's right,
To be courageous and honest and not run from a fight.

To be brave and loyal, to ride for the brand,
And be a good steward of his livestock and land.

Those are timeless values that still hold true,
Still used every day in what modern cowboys do.

Now the U.S. Senate has voted to have a day
To honor the American Cowboy in this way.

We give thanks for all that cowboys and cowgirls do,
To keep the Cowboy way alive and true.

So we honor this legacy for the values it will employ,
As we celebrate the National Day of the American Cowboy.

by Ron Wilson, Poet Lariat


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