Cody is a frequent summer stop for tourists from all over the world on their way to Yellowstone. As a matter of fact, William “Buffalo Bill” Cody foresaw the impending traffic and that was one of the reasons he founded the town in 1895. The quaint town is nestled at the base of Hart Mountain in the Big Horn Mountain Range and boasts a population of just under 10,000. The center of town is occupied by shops, and the residential areas are neat and well-maintained with rural farmland surrounding the main part of town.
Travelers to Cody can eat or stay at the Irma Hotel founded by Buffalo Bill; take a tour of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West Museum; attend the Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede Rodeo; book a whitewater rafting, fishing, or horseback tour of the beautiful country surrounding the city; stay at the Chamberlain Inn, a historic courthouse; shop for pieces made by local artists; or participate in a dozen other attractions.
The annual 4th of July parade is one of the largest in the state and lasts about two hours. It includes high school marching bands from across the state, rodeo cowboys, the mayors of Powell and Cody, bagpipe players, fire trucks, floats advertising local events and museums, ponies, pack mules, bicyclists, and more. This year, the famous Budweiser Clydesdale team marched in the parade.
After the parade, the horses were led to the Riley Arena, where the Budweiser team had set up temporary housing for the Clydesdales. Outside, the keepers washed and brushed each horse in turn, catering to the spoiled creatures like 2,000 pound pets. Inside, each horse had its own large stall with metal food and water troughs at mouth-height and a generous pile of straw bedding for comfort. Bathed, brushed, and fed, the magnificent horses slept after a long morning of walking through the streets of Cody.