Wyoming State Capitol Open House and Celebration

July 10th

The Wyoming State Capitol Open House and Celebration includes a ribbon cutting ceremony, Capitol Square tours, live music, food trucks, and fireworks. The event is open to the public and FREE. Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band will headline the event. Check out their music here.

Schedule of Events

  • 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Free Cheyenne Trolley Transportation
    • Free Cheyenne Trolley Transportation between Spiker Parking Garage, Historic Governor’s Mansion and South Supreme Court Lawn
  • 12:00 PM - 12:55 PM - Canyon Kids - Folk/Rock Band
  • 12:00 PM - Food Trucks and Vendors Open
    • Chicago Dog House | Chick-Fil-A | Cowboy Kettle Corn, LLC | Fat Howard’s Chili Company | Happy Taco Hut | Mile High Fries | Mr Jim’s Pizza | Nipa Hut | Pufkins, LLC | Swirls & Pearls, LLC | The Daily Press | Tortilleria La Paz | Meridian
  • 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Lost Child and Lost and FoundLost Child and Lost and Found, Wyoming State Museum Lobby
  • 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Arapaho and Shoshone Traditional ArtsDemonstrations of Arapaho and Shoshone Traditional Arts, State Museum Lobby
  • 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Tin Type Photography
    • “Tin Type Photography,” Wyoming State Museum
  • 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Games and Activities, Barrett Lawn
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Capitol Ribbon Cutting
    • Ribbon Cutting & Dignitary Speeches, Capitol Steps
  • 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Pistol and Pete
    • Pistol and Pete are the pair of Haflinger draft horses that pull the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources sheep wagon and other wagons in parades and events around the state.
  • 1:00 PM - 7:30 PM - Historic Governor’s Mansion Tours
    • Free Cheyenne Trolley Transportation between Spiker Parking Garage, Historic Governor’s Mansion and South Supreme Court Lawn
  • 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Wyoming State Museum’s Behind the Scenes/Collection tours
    • The Wyoming State Museum was established in 1895 and has been collecting, preserving, and interpreting a wide variety of artifacts ever since. These collections represent life in Wyoming from prehistoric times to the present.
  • 2:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Public Tours of the Capitol Square Project
  • 2:00 PM - 2:55 PM - 67th Army Band
  • 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Book signing of A History of Wyoming Capitol
    • Book signing of A History of Wyoming Capitol by Starley Talbott & Linda Graves Fabian, Wyoming State Museum Store
  • 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM - Fallen Warrior Memorial Ceremony
    • Northwest Corner of Barrett LawnThe event is meant to honor all Wyoming veterans who have died in service to our state and nation, and includes a flag folding ceremony and playing Taps. The memorial was dedicated in November 12, 2018 and is located on the east corner of Central Avenue and East 24th Street.
  • 3:30 PM - 4:40 PM - Community Organization Performances
    • A League of Her Own Acting Troupe, composed of members of the Cheyenne League of Women Voters, travels 150 years back through its play “Wonderful Wyoming Women Voters.” The performance highlights the historical figures involved with passing the first legislation giving women the right to vote and hold office, with defending the effort to repeal it, and with refusing to deny the vote in exchange for statehood.Setting the stage for the era, the Fort D.A. Russell Post Band performs musical pieces popular during the late 1800s and the suffrage movement.
  • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM - Ice Cream Social
    • Front lawn of Barrett Building
  • 4:45 PM - 5:30 PM - Wind River Dancers
  • 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM - Re-Dedication of Capitol Cornerstone
    • Cornerstone Re-Dedication at South Cornerstone of the CapitolRe-dedication conducted by the Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Wyoming
  • 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM - The Woodpile, Indie Folk/Rock Band
  • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM - Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band
  • 9:30 PM - Fireworks

More than 130 years after it first opened to the public with great fanfare, the Wyoming Capitol is reopening after a critical restoration with a celebration on the afternoon of July 10, Wyoming Statehood Day. Festivities will kick off at noon, followed by a ribbon cutting at 1:00 p.m., tours of the Capitol Square Project, live music and entertainment, and fireworks to mark the end of this important project for the people of Wyoming.

The Capitol Square project was comprised of four interrelated construction projects:

  • The Capitol has undergone extensive rehabilitation to replace outdated building systems, add critical life safety infrastructure, and address public space needs, especially the need for larger meeting rooms. This invasive work created the opportunity to restore historic building features;

  • The Capitol Extension, the below-grade building that connects the Capitol to the Herschler Building has been expanded by 28,000 square feet to accommodate public space needs that could not be met in the Capitol, including large public meeting rooms, as well as space for a future auditorium, visitor’s center, and student learning center;

  • The Herschler Building has been remodeled and expanded by 56,000 square feet to house functions displaced from the Capitol. The atrium on the north side of the building has been removed to improve building efficiency and security, and to restore views to the Capitol;

  • The existing central utility plant, serving five state buildings, has been replaced, relocated, and expanded by 15,000 square feet to accommodate additional equipment.

“I am delighted to see the completion of this historic project that protects the People’s House for future generations and ushers in a new era by ensuring the public has better and safer access to the seat of their government. I hope all Wyoming residents can attend this historic event, because the building belongs to them,” said Tony Ross, Chairman of the Capitol Rehabilitation and Restoration Oversight Group.

Governor Mark Gordon stated of the historic celebration, “I am excited to welcome the public to experience firsthand the results of our Capitol Restoration Project. This project is for the people of Wyoming and is about Wyoming's future, as well as her past. This is a time to be proud of Wyoming's heritage."

Wyoming State Capitol | 200 W. 24th | Cheyenne, WY 82001