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USA Fourth of July

Version No. 1.3
Date last revised:

November 30, 2023

©2023, Iron Butt Association, Sheridan, Wyoming
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This ride celebrates Independence Day, the Fourth of July, the day the United States declared independence in 1776.

How do we celebrate the Fourth?  With American flags, balloons, hot dogs and fireworks.

We will issue a unique certificate for this ride. 

Read the rules for the iconic SaddleSore 1000 on the Ironbutt Association site.  The rules for this ride are similar and you will get valuable background information.

Documentation:  See here.


DBR - Dated Business Receipt

A DBR is a machine generated receipt with the date, time and LOCATION on it.  Check it - do not assume it is correct.  A receipt with an incorrect time/date/location is worthless.  Check and re-check.

Fees:  $40 - this is a special certificate only program


Photos are required for this certificate.  Each photo must include your motorcycle.  Get a DBR in the same city of each photo.

Photo possibilities:

--your motorcycle with more than one balloon in the background (yes, you can hang two balloons from your handlebars, but what kind of challenge is that!)
--your motorcycle with a large American flag in the background (we're talking about a BIG flag, not some little hand-held flag.  There is a lot of latitude here.)
--your motorcycle with fireworks in the backgound
--a selfie of you eating a hot dog with your motorcycle in the background

*****Each photo must be at lest 150 miles from the previous photo****

Independence Day rides have many different levels of difficulty.

Independence Day 1000 - Provide 2 of the required photos - 24 hours

Independence Day 1000 SILVER - Provide all 4 required photos - 24 hours

Independence Day 1000 Gold - Provide all 4 required photos AND a DBR from any city named 'Indpendence' or 'Independence' as part of their name, for example, Independence or West Independence or Mount Independence (etc) would all be acceptable.

Independence Day1500 - Provide all 4 required photos - 36 hours

Independence Day BBG - Provide all 4 required photos - 24 hours


For 2024, your ride must start and finish any time on  Fourth of July Weekend, Thursday 12:01 AM July 4 - Sunday11:59 PM July 7. 

You may start and end your ride anywhere you choose.

Each photo must be at least 150 miles apart.

You may take any route you like.

Your official time is determined by the starting and ending receipts.  PLEASE check these documents and make sure the clock and date are correct! is strongly recommended but not required. 

Remember it is YOUR responsibility to prove you visited all  required stops in the required order.  Spotwalla goes a long way towards this proof.


There is no additional merchandise for this ride.