LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – At the beginning of July, Arkansans wear the country’s flag to celebrate Independence Day.
Now at the end of the month, they’ll don another American icon in honor of the new holiday.
Governor Asa Hutchinson held a ceremonial bill signing that creates the National Day of the Cowboy.
He touted the economic benefits of rodeos to the state, about $22 million each year.
The world’s number two bull riders and leaders of the professional organization joined Hutchinson at the state capitol.
“The reason that we got involved in it is that cowboy to us means the values: hard work, honesty, integrity, commitment, and dedication. Those are the things cowboys stand for and America needs more of those values today,” says Sean Gleason, CEO of Professional Bull Riders.
Fifteen states officially recognized the National Day of the Cowboy.