Fourth of July events in Routt County |

Fourth of July events in Routt County

Fireworks from the Fourth of July finale light up over Olympian Hall. This weekend there are a number of ways for all to enjoy the Fourth of July festivities.

— The forecast for Saturday is blues skies and nothing but sun — perfect weather for a weekend away from the daily routine.

In Steamboat Springs and Routt County, there is no shortage of Fourth of July events planned to help locals and visitors celebrate the independence Day holiday. A list of activities for all ages follows.

Fourth of July events

Pancake Breakfast — Ladies Aid Hall, 7 to 10:30 a.m. 

Part of the Yampa Fourth of July Celebration festivities. FREE. 83 E. First St., Yampa.

Pancake Breakfast — Little Toots Park, 7 to 10 a.m.

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The Steamboat Springs Lions Club’s annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Proceeds stay local and fund projects such as scholarships and optical care. 12th and Yampa streets.

Farmers Market — Seventh Street and Yampa, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The 11th annual Farmers Market with more than 75 vendors. There will be live music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Nordic combined roller ski competition — Lincoln Avenue, 9:15 and 9:30 a.m.

Before the Fourth of July parade, cheer on Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes and other athletes from around the nation as they race down Lincoln Avenue on roller skis. 

Steamboat Sprint 400- yard dash — Downtown Steamboat Springs, 9:40 a.m.

The 400-yard dash takes place before the Fourth of July Parade. Dress in your best red, white and blue to get ready to run. Registration starts at 9 a.m. Race starts at Ninth Street and Lincoln Ave.

July Fourth Parade — Downtown Steamboat Springs, Lincoln Avenue, 10 a.m.

Join us for one of the most anticipated events at the Fourth of July and Cowboys' Roundup Days Celebration.

Parade on Main Street — Hahns Peak Village, 10 a.m. 

Those in the parade must meet in the back of the villabe on Main Street by 9:30 a.m. The parade will be followed by a Craft Fair and Ice Cream social at the school house. 60880 Routt C.R. 129, Clark.

How did fireworks become America's Fourth of July pastime? — Yampa River State Park Visitor Center, 10 a.m.

Join Interpretive Ranger Laura while we discover the history behind the first commemorative Independence Day fireworks. Discussion followed by fireworks safety tips and a patriotic noisemaker craft. FREE with daily park pass or annual membership. 6185 U.S. Highway 40, Hayden.

Art on the Mountain — Steamboat Base Area, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. is pleased to host its 14th annual Art on the Mountain. Local and visiting artisans bring a great variety of their work to display and sell in Gondola Square at Steamboat Ski Area.

Pioneer Day Block Party — Lincoln Avenue, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Don't miss this favorite Fourth of July tradition hosted by the Tread of Pioneers Museum. After the parade, come to the museum and enjoy a free community concert, kids' activities, famous Routt beer floats and free museum admission for all. 800 Oak St.

Jumpin' and Jammin' Competition and Community Party — Howelsen Hill, noon to 4 p.m.

Some of the nation's best Nordic combined and ski jumping athletes will soar off of the plastic HS75 meter jump. Plus there will be local food, drink vendors, music, golf ball drop, athlete dunk tank and other festivities. 845 Howelsen Pkwy.

Yampa Fourth of July Parade — Yampa near River Park, 1 p.m. 

There will be a parade at 1 p.m. followed by a barbecue beef lunch served by the Yampa Bible Church and First Baptist Church at the school grounds and prepared by Rachels' Smokin' BBQ. There will also be fireworks at dark. Main Street, Yampa.

Strawberry Festival — United Methodist Church, 1 p.m. 

After the Fourth of July Parade, fresh strawberries, ice cream and lemonade will be served at the church. This is a fundraiser to benefit the UMC Missions Team projects. Eighth and Oak streets.

Wise100Doors — Patio of Carl’s and Eureka Mediterranean, 4 to 7 p.m.

Local favorite. There is no cover charge but guests must eat to reserve a table outside. 700 Yampa St.

Fair Thee Well: Celebrating 50 years of the Grateful Dead — Chief Theater, 6 p.m.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Grateful Dead, the Chief Theater will host a three-day, live-streaming event featuring Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir — with special guests Trey Anastosio, Jeff Chimenti and Bruce Hornsby Cash. FREE. 813 Lincoln Ave.

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series — Brent Romick Arena, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. 

Events include bull riding, bronc riding, roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and kids’ events. Barbecue starts at 6 p.m. and live entertainment goes on at 6:15 p.m. Fifth Street and Howelsen Parkway.

Fourth of July fireworks show — Howelsen Hill, 9 p.m.

This year, if the conditions are right, the team will launch a 24-inch, 500-pound firework, which has never been done before on July Fourth. Scott Borden has choreographed the firework's launching program to music, which will be broadcast to ESPN 98.9 (, so those at home can listen as they watch the fireworks show from anywhere in town.

Wild Card — Hahns Peak Roadhouse, 9 p.m. 

Country and rock music. 60880 Routt C.R. 129, Clark.

Loose Change — Aurum Food & Wine, before and after the 9 p.m. fireworks.

Great country and rock 'n' roll dance band. 811 Yampa St.

New Speedway Boogie — Old Town Pub, 10 p.m. 

Colorado's finest Grateful Dead tribute band. 600 Lincoln Ave. 

Dra-La & DJ Steve — Schmiggity's, 10 p.m. 

Fourth of July DJ Bash. 821 Lincoln Ave.

Karaoke with DJ Finger Gunz — Tap Sports Bar and Grill, 10 p.m.

FREE. 729 Lincoln Ave.

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Fireworks viewing locations

• Howelsen Hill: Bring blankets and chairs. There are many places to sit near Howelsen or even by the baseball fields and volleyball courts

• Brent Romick Rodeo Arena

• Little Toots Park near the Bud Werner Memorial Library

• Colorado Mountain College parking lot

• Anywhere along the Yampa River, including the plethora of restaurants there, most of which have outdoor seating.

Tips for an enjoyable Fourth of July:

• Plan ahead for what events you want to go to and how you will get there

• If you must drive downtown Saturday, carpool but parking will be limited

• Bike if at all possible. There will be a lot of traffic and the best way to get around and find parking would be to bike

• Park somewhere near a free bus stop. The free bus is running all weekend and is a great way to get around town

• Wear plenty of sunscreen — you are closer to the sun than you think — and bring lots of bug spray

• The free bus will be running all weekend and is a great way to get around town