No fireworks in Steamboat? No problem. Still plenty of ways to ring in Fourth of July
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — No fireworks? No problem.
From the rodeo, to the hometown parade, old-fashioned community block party and even ski jumping — Steamboat Springs knows how to celebrate the birth of the nation that deserves a grand event.
“The big theme this year will be welcoming home our Steamboat Olympians with the parade theme of red, white and gold, ‘Celebrating our Olympians,’” said Maren McCutchan, Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association public relations manager.
The Grand Marshals of this year’s parade will be Nelson and Caroline Lalive Carmichael.
Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and Steamboat Ski Area will have adjacent floats featuring five of the Olympians who call Steamboat home and who competed in South Korea, including Mick Dierdorff, Bryan and Taylor Fletcher, Arielle Gold and Jasper Good.
The parade will span from 11th Street to Sixth Street. McCutchan advised the floats will be staging downtown starting in the morning at 8:15 a.m.
“The ski jumping event happening over at historic Howelsen Hill will also be a fun place to go stretch your legs and hang out after the parade,” McCutchan said. “Take your pick between that and the Pioneer Days Block Party at the Tread of Pioneers Museum — great food, live music and celebrating Routt County’s heritage.”
Steamboat’s new laser show
Notes of “Born in the USA,” “God Bless the USA,” “America the Beautiful,” “Party in the USA” and “American Girl” will be heard from Howelsen Hill at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Fourth of July evening festivities start with DJ Leprechaun and other live entertainment. The laser show will start by 9:45 p.m.
“With a laser show, you have beams across the sky projecting animations of people dancing and patriotic images,” said Chris Novielli, laser technician and designer for the Nu-salt Laser Light Shows International based out of California.
The custom show uses high powered, 30-watt lasers meant for the outdoors and can be seen from miles away.
“People get to enjoy seeing something different than the typical fireworks show,” Novielli said. “Laser technology is an advanced form that’s really exciting for the vibe of a modern entertainment option.”
Nu-salt Laser Light Shows International is a multi-faceted laser light show company that has more than 28 years of experience with its core activities in research and development, show production and custom installations for a wide array of industries from film, large scale event productions, corporate theater, concerts and tours, outdoor spectaculars and night clubs. This is the first time they will hold a show in Steamboat.
“We design all of our images and based off of how the music is and what the client wants — whether it’s a holiday or specific theme Novielli explained. “Then we design images and animations around that and integrate it all into the show and choreograph it to the music.”
The show in Steamboat will include of course patriotic elements powered by music and animations unique to this particular show
Schedule of Fourth of July events
Ski Town Lions Club pancake breakfast
7 a.m. | Eighth Street between Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street
Join the annual breakfast tradition. The Ski Town Lions Club will serve a full pancake breakfast with eggs, sausage, coffee and juice. The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children. All proceeds go to charity.
Nordic combined roller ski race
9:15 a.m. | Downtown, Lincoln Avenue
Head over to the Lincoln Avenue before the Fourth of July Parade to cheer on Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes and other athletes from around the U.S. as they race down Lincoln Avenue on roller skis.
Fourth of July Parade
10 a.m. | Downtown Steamboat
This year’s parade theme is Celebrating our Olympians and grand marshals are Nelson and Caroline Lalive Carmichael. Parade check-in begins at 8:15 a.m. between Fifth and Sixth streets on Yampa Avenue.
Pioneer Day Block Party
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St.
Don’t miss this fun-filled Fourth of July tradition. After the parade on Lincoln Avenue, head to the Tread of the Pioneers Museum and enjoy a free community concert, kids’ activities, free hot dogs and Routt beer floats. Be sure to stop in the museum; free admission for all. This old-fashioned block party takes place in front of the Museum at 8th and Oak Streets, a short walk from the parade route.
1 p.m. | Main Street, Yampa
Commemorate Independence Day with the fanfare of floats, horses, tractors, carriages, firetrucks, the local marching band and more. A large barbecue at the school grounds with a craft fair and many kid games will follow the Yampa Parade. Later there are horse races on Moffat Avenue followed by the well-known local tradition of Cowboy Polo.
Jumpin’ & Jammin Competition and Community Party
Noon to 3 p.m. | Howelsen Hill, 845 Howelsen Parkway
Celebrate the Fourth of July at Howelsen Hill with 60 of the nation’s best Nordic combined and ski jumping athletes as they soar off the HS75 meter jump. Enjoy local food and drink vendors, music and festivities.
Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series
6:30 p.m. | Brent Romick Arena, 401 Howelsen Parkway
Rodeo features bull riding, bronc riding, roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and kids’ events including the calf and ram scrambles.
8 p.m. | Howelsen Hill, 845 Howelsen Parkway
Due to dry conditions, the city of Steamboat announced that instead of fireworks there will be a laser show at the base of Howelsen Hill for the Fourth of July. A DJ will start performing at 8 p.m., and the laser show will start at 9:45 p.m. The best viewing location for the laser show will be at the base of Howelsen Hill.
Part & Parcel with Tenth Mountain Division
8 to 11 p.m. | Old Town Pub & Restaurant, 600 Lincoln Ave.
Part & Parcel offers a tasteful mix of rock and folk with an upbeat bluegrass feel. Tenth Mountain Division is a rock ’n’roll fusion band that embodies the wild spirit of mountain towns.
Fireworks in Yampa
Starting at dark (between 9 to 9:30 p.m. | 40 Moffat Ave., Yampa
Fireworks will start following concert at Antler’s. Fireworks should be visible from anywhere in town.
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