City of Steamboat secures laser show as a backup for July 4th fireworks |

City of Steamboat secures laser show as a backup for July 4th fireworks

The city’s Fourth of July fireworks show was canceled last year because of the high fire danger.
Matt Stensland
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — With the fire danger for Routt County increased from moderate to very high, it is becoming less and less likely that Steamboat Springs will host July Fourth fireworks unless some serious rains move into the area.

“I’m taking it day by day,” said Steamboat Fire Chief Mel Stewart, who will make the call on fireworks. “There still is a chance that we might pull something off. I’m hoping by next week we’ll be able to say ‘yes’ or ‘no.’”


The city has solidified its backup plan, and Las Vegas Lasers has been hired to put on a show at Howelsen Hill the evening of July 4 when it gets dark.

The company was in Steamboat on Monday night doing tests for the upcoming show.

“It was cool,” Assistant City Manager Winnie DelliQuadri said. “He didn’t bring the full set-up, because we were mostly making sure the site worked.”

DelliQuadri said she went to Colorado Mountain College to see how the show might look from that vantage point.

“You could still see it,” DelliQuadri said. “It’s not the same experience, because you don’t have the fog machine and the lasers right over you. I would absolutely recommend that people come down to Howelsen.”

The city budgets $45,000 for July Fourth fireworks and associated costs. The laser show is costing the city $18,460. The stage and sound equipment will cost about another $5,000.

The city is still planning on potentially having fireworks in addition to the laser show.

“They can be complementary,” DelliQuadri said. “If we can’t do fireworks, we at least have a laser show.”

Stewart said it is “not looking good” for fireworks.

“First, we’re looking at what are the conditions locally,” Stewart said. “Secondarily, is what is going on around us, and how many of those fires are tapping out resources in the state and nationally.”

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland.

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