CHEYENNE – When the entire city and county government put the closed sign on the door to get ready to party, you know it’s going to be a shindig to remember.
Cheyenne will be the place to be Wednesday as the entire state comes together to celebrate the grand reopening of the state Capitol. Both Cheyenne and Laramie County will be shutting down government offices to allow employees a chance to join the festivities around the Capitol’s grand reopening and for Wyoming’s Statehood Day.
The area around the Capitol will be bustling with music, dancing, history, food and fun throughout the day.
The Wyoming State Museum will be giving behind-the-scenes tours of its collections throughout the day. Members of the Arapaho and Shoshone tribes will be demonstrating art methods that have been passed down from generation to generation.
From 2-8:30 p.m., there will be tours of the Capitol, which will display the grandeur of the building as it looked when it was first christened in the 19th century.
For those who will be driving in, Cheyenne Trolley Transportation will be giving free rides between the Spiker Parking Garage, Historic Governors’ Mansion and south Supreme Court lawn. It will be the perfect way to get around the city and check out all that’s on display, including tours of the Historic Governors’ Mansion.
Below is a schedule for some of the big events throughout the day, all of which will culminate with a grand fireworks display above the newly refurbished golden dome at night.
• 1-2 p.m. – The ribbon will be cut on the Capitol, ushering in a new era in Wyoming’s history. State dignitaries will address the crowd from the Capitol steps as the four-year project comes to a close.
• 2-2:55 p.m. – The 67th Army Band will be playing a patriotic medley to commemorate the auspicious day.
• 3-3:30 p.m. – The Fallen Warrior Memorial Ceremony on the northwest corner of Barrett Building lawn will honor all Wyoming veterans who have died in service to our state and nation, and will include a flag-folding ceremony and playing Taps.
• 3:30-4:40 p.m. – The Cheyenne League of Women Voters and Ballet Wyoming will be performing as part of the celebration.
The League’s acting troupe will perform the play “Wonderful Wyoming Women Voters.” The show will highlight the state’s historical figures involved with getting the first legislation passed giving women the right to vote and hold office, and the subsequent battles to keep the suffrage alive.
Ballet Wyoming will perform a short piece with dancers who call Cheyenne home as part of the festivities.
• 4:30-5:30 p.m. – Ice cream social on the front lawn of the Barrett Building.
• 4:45-5:30 p.m. – Wind River Dancers will perform a variety of American Indian dance styles, including men’s traditional, grass and fancy feather and women’s fancy shawl, jingle dress and traditional. With each style, the audience will be told the history and significance behind each dance in order to share Native American culture and heritage.
• 5:30-6 p.m. – Rededication of Capitol’s south cornerstone will be conducted by the Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Wyoming.
• 6:15-7:15 p.m. – The Woodpile, a Wyoming-based indie folk and rock band, will kick off the music performances for Wednesday night. Wyoming Public Radio listeners voted their EP “Hunting Hearts” as one of the top 10 Wyoming albums of 2017.
• 8-9:30 p.m. – Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band will headline the music for Wednesday night. The Wyoming native and his band has shared the stage with dozens of artists, including Lady Antebellum, Old Dominion, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Gary Allan and Travis Tritt. And their relentless touring has developed a dedicated following across the Cowboy State.
• 9:30 p.m. – The night will end with a spectacular fireworks display, set to go off above the newly renovated golden dome of the Capitol.