It was a big Yellowstone Fourth of July weekend this year, as almost 50,000 vehicle entries were recorded over the holiday, representing an 8 percent rise over 2019.
Traditionally, a Yellowstone Fourth of July weekend is a big event. That was true in 2021, as the National Park Service recorded 46,845 visits over the four-day event. This is not a precise comparison because of where the Fourth fell on the calendar; the National Park Service is comparing holiday weekends, and in 2019 the holiday weekend fell on July 5-8. Take away July 8, 2019 from the equation, and the numbers are fairly comparable. (The comparison to 2019 vs. 2020 is apt; 2020 was a COVID summer, with skewed numbers due to limited travel.) Still, the numbers show some healthy visitation to Yellowstone this summer despite hot and dry conditions; May 2021 visitation set a record, and we’ll be interested to see the June numbers when they are posted.
Here are the numbers for vehicle entries by gate:
|Park entrance||Vehicle entries|
|Friday, July 2, 2021||Friday, July 5, 2019||% 2021/2019|
|Saturday, July 3, 2021||Saturday, July 6, 2019|
|Sunday, July 4, 2021||Sunday, July 7, 2019|
|Monday, July 5, 2021||Monday, July 8, 2019|
File photo courtesy National Park Service.