Music, motorcycles, freedom and camaraderie are at the heart of everything Sturgis Buffalo Chip®. Attend the Freedom Celebration Ride on Thursday, Aug. 7, and you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy all of these elements wrapped up in one amazing event!
The Freedom Celebration Ride, sponsored by the City of Spearfish, is an extension of the Buffalo Chip’s Freedom Celebration, which is now in its 23rd year. The ride allows you to honor America’s
veterans, hear from inspiring and enlightening special guests and enjoy the freedom of the open road on a route across the scenic high plains and foothills north of the Black Hills!
With your $50 ride donation, you’ll also be able to help the Buffalo Chip assist vets and their families. Feel good knowing all rider contributions will benefit Wounded Wear/Jumping for a Purpose, Navy Special Warfare Kids, America’s Mighty Warriors and the Community Living Center at Fort Meade VA Medical Center.
The Freedom Celebration Ride kicks off on Spearfish Main Street, where you can take advantage of private parking and special discounts at various local businesses. While you make the rounds, listen to some rip-roarin’ country from the U.S. Air Force Academy’s country band, Wild Blue Country. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet several special guests including author, journalist and activist, Brigitte Gabriel; America’s Mighty Warriors CEO, Debbie Lee; author and retired Navy SEAL, Jason Redmen; first Commander of SEAL Team 6, Dick Marcinko; and Daily Beast contributor, Kim Dozier.
Following the ride, you’ll arrive at the CrossRoads at the Buffalo Chip® for a brief program and catered reception. While there, be sure to get autographs from participating celebrities, dignitaries and authors, take part in the group photo at the Buffalo Chip’s Field of Flags, and pay your respects at the Veterans Memorial Wall and Battlefield Cross.
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Parking and registration begins for riders
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Ride Kick-off - Wild Blue Country Performs on Spearfish Main Street
1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. – Introduction of dignitaries
1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Main Street group ride photo
1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Ride lineup
1:45 p.m. – Ride departs from Main Street Spearfish - Ride Captain, LT Jason Redman
3:00 p.m. – Escorted ride arrives at Buffalo Chip West Gate (parking in special guest parking area)
3:30 p.m. – Welcome Greeting, brief remarks from charities, celebrity meet-and-greets and book signings
4:30 p.m. – Catered reception at the CrossRoads at the Buffalo Chip®
Freedom Celebration Activities on Buffalo Chip Main Stage*:
7:00 pm – Pistol Day Parade performance
8:30 pm – Pop Evil performance
10:00 – 10:30 PM – Wild Blue Country National Anthem performance, Freedom Celebration Ride check presentation, and Bob Hanson Distinguished Service Award presentation
10:30 pm – Train performance
*Requires campground admission pass
Freedom Celebration Ride Route:
Leaving from Spearfish, Main & Jackson
North on Main St
West on Old Hwy 14
North on Old Belle Rd
North on Canam Hwy
East on 212
South on 79
East onto 34
South into Buffalo Chip
As you well know, there’s no better way to experience freedom at its finest than by riding your motorcycle down a stretch of open road. So don’t miss your chance to honor the brave men and women of our nation’s military by participating in the first-ever Buffalo Chip Freedom Celebration Ride!
“The Legendary Buffalo Chip supports the Troops and Vets. I see it every year at the Rally. Why I keep coming back to the Chip!” - Michael Jole