I Love Cowboys and Cowgirls Day - August 15
Tue, Aug 15, 2023

I Love Cowboys and Cowgirls Day

Cowboys and Cowgirls Day preserves the culture of cowboys and proves their contribution to the US heritage is simply enormous. This is a real symbol of the West, an excellent occasion to remember history and learn something new.

The History

The term ‘Cowboys’ appeared in 1725, applied to a person who had a ranch, raised cattle and managed them while sitting on a horse.

Initially, pastures in the Wild West were unfenced and animals had to be raised together with other owners; later separate paddocks were settled.

After the Civil War, cowboys created their own code that dictated rules of conduct. They include: be tough but fair; finish what you started; keep your promises; be honest and courageous; take pride in your work and do your best to improve, etc. These rules are even applicable now.

Interesting facts

  • Cowboys did not clash with Native Americans; this is considered a myth. In fact, the problems were only with the US government;
  • Many women successfully managed ranches, one of the most famous were Annie Oakley;
  • The rodeo is a favorite pastime of cowboys;
  • The cowboy is perceived as American all over the world because of the many films.

How to take part

Cowboys and Cowgirls Day is a great time to learn about cowboy history. Many specially buy traditional clothes and go to a ranch and ride horses.

Listen to cowboy songs or watch entertaining movies.

Each year, the NDOC awards companies or individuals that preserve the history of cowboy culture.

When is I Love Cowboys and Cowgirls Day celebrated in 2023?

I Love Cowboys and Cowgirls Day is observed on August 15 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Tuesday August 15 2023
Thursday August 15 2024
Friday August 15 2025
Saturday August 15 2026