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Road closures and parking for the July 10 Wyoming Capitol Square Open House and Celebration

Several roads around the Wyoming Capitol will be closed for the July 10 Capitol Square Open House and Celebration festivities in Cheyenne. Parking will be limited, but the Cheyenne Trolley will offer free transportation between the Spiker Parking Garage, Historic Governor’s Mansion and South Supreme Court Lawn.

Live Feed of Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

At 1 p.m. on July 10, the ribbon cutting ceremony will be televised live on Wyoming PBS at

Road Closures

On Tuesday, July 9, the following roads will be closed at 6 a.m.: 24th St. closed from Central to Carey Ave and Capitol Avenue in 2300 block north of Hathaway Building's driveway. On Wednesday, July 10, Central Avenue from 25th Street to 22nd Street will be closed starting at 10 a.m. Starting at 6 a.m., 24th Street will be closed from Warren Avenue to Carey Avenue, and Capitol Avenue from 24th Street to 22nd Street will also close. Additionally, Carey and Pioneer, 24th and 25th Streets will be closed at approximately 6 p.m. until approximately 10 p.m. for the July 10 fireworks show.


Parking around the event will be limited. There will be free Cheyenne Trolley transportation between Spiker Parking Garage, Historic Governor’s Mansion and South Supreme Court Lawn. Spiker Garage departure will be a the top of the hour; Historic Governor's Mansion departure will be at 20 minutes past the hour; and Supreme Court will be 40 minutes past the hour.

About the Event

More than 130 years after it first opened to the public, the Wyoming Capitol is reopening after a critical restoration. July 10 festivities kick off at noon with food truck vendors and music, followed by a ribbon cutting, tours of the Capitol Square Project, more live music and entertainment, and fireworks to mark the end of this important project for the people of Wyoming. All events are free and open to the public. More details are available at


Schedule is subject to change

12:00 PM - 12:55 PM - Canyon Kids - Folk/Rock Band

Pat Chadwick (lead vocals), Dusty Nichols (lead guitar), Leif Routman (bass), and Shawn Fleming (drums) make up the core four members of Canyon Kids. They came together to craft original music that builds on the work of their folk/rock heroes—bands like Wilco, CSNY, and My Morning Jacket.  For more information, visit 

12:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Demonstrations of Arapaho and Shoshone Traditional Arts, State Museum Lobby

12:00 PM - 7:00 PM - “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 & Dignitary Speeches, Capitol Steps

1:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Pistol and Pete

The pair of Haflinger draft horses 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

From 1905 to 1976, the Mansion was the residence of 19 Wyoming first families. Governors, First Ladies, their children and pets lived and entertained in the home over the course of 71 years.

1:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Wyoming State Museum's Behind the Scenes/Collection tours

2:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Public Tours of the Capitol Square Project

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.

2:00 PM - 2:55 PM - 67th Army Band

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM - 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

The event will honor all Wyoming veterans who have died in service to our state and nation, through a flag folding ceremony and playing Taps.

3:30 PM - 4:40 PM - Community Organization Performances

League of Her Own Acting Troupe and Fort D.A. Russell Post Band 

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.

Ballet Wyoming

Ballet Wyoming will do a short performance piece with local dancers. Ballet Wyoming’s mission is to present a wide range of dance styles and to entertain, as well as educate audiences through our performances and outreach throughout the region. Ballet Wyoming, founded in 2007 as Ballet 7220, is the first ballet company to reside in Wyoming.

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM - Ice Cream Social front lawn of Barrett Building

4:45 PM - 5:30 PM - Wind River Dancers

With a theme of “A Cultural Heritage Shared Through Dance and Songs,” the Wind River Dancers perform a variety of American Indian dance styles, which includes men’s traditional, grass and fancy feather and women’s fancy shawl, jingle dress and traditional.

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM - Capitol Cornerstone Dedication at South Cornerstone of the Capitol

6:15 PM - 7:15 PM - The Woodpile, Indie Folk/Rock Band

The 5-piece “indie-folk-meets-rock-band” combines conventional folk instrumentation, charming storytelling, and rich vocal harmony with beautiful cello melodies, complex arrangements, and dynamic composition that take the listener on a rousing, oft somber and reflective journey. Visit 

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM - Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band

Wyoming native Chancey Williams and his “Younger Brothers Band,” have relentlessly toured the Western United States, developing a rabid fan base not seen from the Cowboy State since Chris LeDoux.  Chancey and his drummer, lifelong friend Travis DeWitt, started the Younger Brothers Band with the humble initial goal of entering a high school talent contest. They are joined by the amazing harmonies and lead guitar of Wyatt Springsteen and the stunning fiddle of Brooke Latka. More recently, Jay Lee Downing joined the band on bass guitar. The result is Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band, a rowdy, raucous, unapologetic, memorable stage show that is on the road pretty much all the time. Visit - 

9:30 PM - Fireworks


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