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Celebrate July 4th in the ‘Boat: Schedule of events

A Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue fire truck kicks off the Fourth of July Parade in Steamboat Springs.
Shelby Reardon

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — In Steamboat Springs, the spirit of July Fourth can’t be confined to just July 4. Independence Day celebrations overflow from Wednesday, July 3, to Saturday, July 6, and they’re arguably the busiest, loudest, sparkliest, most root-beer-float-filled days of the year. 

This year marks the 116th year of Steamboat’s July Fourth festivities, celebrating not only the country’s independence but also the Yampa Valley’s ranching heritage and local community. This year also is the first since 2016 that Steamboat’s July Fourth festivities feature fireworks: a 23-minute show. It’s also the first time ever that the celebration includes both a fireworks display and a laser show.

To accommodate the festivities, Lincoln Avenue and Yampa Street will be closed from Fifth to 11th streets from 5 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4. Eighth Street will also be closed for the annual Lions Club Pancake Breakfast.

There will be temporary bus stops on Oak Street at Fifth and Third streets for drop-offs and pick-ups by city buses and lodging shuttles.

Schedule of events

Wednesday, July 3
9 a.m. to noon: Ski Jumping Extravaganza, Howelsen Hill
7:30 p.m.: Pro Rodeo Series, Brent Romick Arena

Thursday, July 4
7 to 9:30 a.m.: Lions Club Pancake Breakfast, Lincoln Avenue and Eighth Street
8:15 a.m.: Parade check-in, between Fifth and Sixth streets on Yampa Avenue
9:15 a.m.: Roller Ski Competition, downtown Lincoln Avenue
10 a.m.: Fourth of July Parade. Float categories include Best Theme, Best Group, Best Commercial and Best Parade Theme, downtown Lincoln Avenue
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Pioneer Day Block Party and Community Concert, Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Free After-Parade Picnic, Holy Name Catholic Church, 524 Oak St.
Noon to 3 p.m.: Jumpin’ and Jammin’ Ski Jumping Competition, Howelsen Hill
6:30 p.m.: Pro Rodeo Series, Brent Romick Arena
about 9:30 p.m.: Fireworks show, followed by a laser show, Howelsen Hill

Friday, July 5
5:30 p.m.: Steamboat Free Summer Concert with North Mississippi Allstars, Howelsen Hill
7:30 p.m.: Pro Rodeo Series, Brent Romick Arena

Saturday, July 6
9 to 10:30 a.m.: Ski Jumping, Howelsen Hill
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Main Street Steamboat Farmers Market, Seventh and Yampa streets
7:30 p.m.: Pro Rodeo Series, Brent Romick Arena

Julia Ben-Asher is a contributing writer for Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Fireworks explode over Howelsen Hill on July 4, 2011.
Scott Franz

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