605 Day Celebration

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Every year on June 5th, residents of South Dakota come together to celebrate 605 Day, a vibrant tribute to the unique charm and community spirit of the 605-area code. This special day is a heartfelt acknowledgment of the beauty and culture that defines South Dakota, from thrilling rodeos, the official state sport, to the majestic presence of buffalo, the national mammal, roaming the plains. It's a time when strangers become friends, unified by the rich history of Native American culture, art, dance, and music that enriches our daily lives.

605 Scenery 

South Dakota is famous for its amazing scenery. You can explore the rugged Badlands National Park, see the impressive Crazy Horse Memorial, or hike the 20-mile Flume Trail with its old mining sites from the 1880s. The Black Hills offer a beautiful backdrop with many adventures, like discovering Spearfish Canyon with its trails to places like Devil’s Bathtub, Community Caves, Bridal Veil Falls, and Spearfish Falls. You can also admire the iconic Mount Rushmore. The natural beauty of South Dakota is everywhere.


In South Dakota, the spirit of the state is captured by the loud excitement of a rodeo. As the state sport, it draws riders and fans from all over, who often wonder how bull riders keep their hats on. A highlight is the Days of ’76 Rodeo in Deadwood, which was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2011. Held in late July, it offers more than just rodeo events—you can enjoy historic parades, ice cream, shootout reenactments, and try your luck at the casinos. Other notable rodeos include the Black Hills Round Up in June in Belle Fourche and the Wall Celebration PRCA Rodeo in July, both offering more excitement for rodeo fans.

Strangers to Friends

In South Dakota, camaraderie is as common as the open skies. Whether you're walking down the street or driving, nods and waves from passersby are part of the culture. Even motorcyclists have special signals to greet each other. But South Dakota's hospitality goes beyond these simple gestures. Imagine you're on a road trip, stuck on a backroad with a flat tire and no way to fix it. In most places, this would be a big problem. But not in South Dakota. Here, you call a friend, who contacts someone nearby, who then asks a cousin down the road for help. Soon, someone arrives to assist you. In the 605, helping each other isn't just polite—it's a way of life that's deeply ingrained in our close-knit communities.

Native American Culture

Native American culture in South Dakota is a vital part of the state's identity. The art, with its detailed beadwork and quill designs, tells stories passed down through generations. Dance ceremonies, like the annual Pow Wows, feature colorful outfits and rhythmic drumming, celebrating community and heritage.
The Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota individuals keep their languages, customs, and spiritual practices alive, offering an authentic view of their lasting culture. This mix of old and new traditions makes South Dakota an important place to experience Native American culture.

605 Day in South Dakota celebrates the state's unique charm and community spirit. From the stunning Badlands and Black Hills to thrilling rodeos and warm hospitality, it's a day that showcases South Dakota's beauty and adventure. The rich Native American culture adds depth to the festivities, making June 5th a true reflection of the 605 spirit. 

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