No fireworks? No problem – 17 things to do on Fourth of July in Steamboat Springs |

No fireworks? No problem – 17 things to do on Fourth of July in Steamboat Springs

Respect the Yampa – Things to know before you go: Keep the glass at home, shards of glass in the river hurt fisherman fellow tubers and kids in the water (City rules also prohibit alcohol on the river) Don’t litter – That means flip-flops, beer cans, hats, shirts and other random items (phones? Speakers? Leave those at home those will get wet) You will get sunburnt – despite how tan you might be, sunscreen is a must Read “Tube like a pro” via Scott Franz’s article in the Steamboat Today for more information

No fireworks? No problem.

Even though the fireworks show has been canceled this year, there’s still plenty of ways to celebrate the Fourth of July Steamboat style. 

One of the most iconic of Steamboat’s traditions is the annual Fourth of July parade, which begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

“We both come from small towns, and we like that feeling that you have in a town of this size,” said Dennis Swanson, who was selected along with his wife, Joy, to be the grand marshals of this year’s parade. “If someone is coming to visit and lives in a metro area, they have never seen a parade quite like this one.”

Since 1982, when the Swansons moved to town, they haven’t missed out on Steamboat’s Fourth of July celebration, especially the parade down Lincoln Avenue.

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“It’s grown in size, but it still has that small-town feel to it,” said Dennis Swanson. “It really comes down to the people.”

This year’s parade theme is “American Legends.”

“The theme is a little different than in past years, so we are looking to forward to seeing the participants get creative,” said Maren McCutchan, Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association public relations manager.

In addition to the parade, Steamboat Today has several other ways to celebrate the Fourth of July, sans fireworks (fearful dogs rejoice!)

Ways to celebrate:

Water Balloons

Your guests and kids won’t complain about the lack of fireworks if they’re dousing each other with a colorful array of water balloons. Let’s not forget those lawn sprinklers, or the all-time favorite – slip n’ slides (score points for best form and costume).


Flowing at about 230 cfs, tubing the Yampa River is an activity many know well – especially on the Fourth of July. But remember to respect the Yampa. The city advises private tubers put in at Fetcher Pond near Pine Grove Road on the up-river side and end their trip at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, where there’s ample parking, instead of at the James Brown Soul Center of the Universe Bridge, where commercial tubers exit the river.


Create some friendly competition with your BBQ guests and challenge them to bring their best appetizer, chili, most inventive burger concoction or red, white and blue dessert. Best patriotic drink could also be applied here – Fourth of July sangria anyone?

Creative patriotic attire

Don your best red, white and blue attire for a contest to see who wore it best. We expect to see plenty of Instagram-worthy get-ups throughout the day tomorrow.

Fourth of July Schedule:

Ski Town Lions Club pancake breakfast

7 a.m. | Eighth Street between Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street

The Lions will be serving a full pancake breakfast with eggs, sausage, coffee and juice. The cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children.

Nordic Combined Roller Ski Race

9:15 a.m. | Downtown, Lincoln Avenue

Head down 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 in day three of the Ski Jumping Extravaganza.

Fourth of July Parade

10 a.m. | Downtown Steamboat

This year’s parade theme is “American Legends,” and grand marshals are Dennis and Joy Swanson. Parade check-in begins at 8:15 a.m. between Fifth and Sixth streets on Yampa Avenue.

Pioneer Day Block Party and Community Concert

11 a.m. | Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St.

Did someone say Routt beer floats? After the parade, head on over to the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s block party for an afternoon of free live music from the Steamboat Swings band, food, kids activities, free hotdogs from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and more.

Art on the Mountain

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Steamboat Ski Resort, 2305 Mount Werner Circle

Local and visiting artisans bring a variety of work to display and sell in Gondola Square at Steamboat Ski Area.

Coca-Cola Adventure Zone activities

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. | Steamboat Ski Area, 2305 Mt. Werner Circle

The Coca-Cola Adventure Zone activities will have extended hours today until 7 p.m. All open activities — including the new Maverick mini-golf, urban ropes course, summer tubing, slingshot bungee trampoline, WaterWalkerz and more — will be available for Independence Day evening hours. Adventure Zone day passes are available for $39 with unlimited access to activities.

Steamboat Springs Yacht Club Picnic and Monthly Meeting

Noon to 5:30 p.m. | Stagecoach State Park, 2550 Routt County Road 14

Meet at Stagecoach Lake State Park Arrowhead group picnic area for a potluck barbecue. The coals will be hot by 3 p.m. Bring your own beverages and something for the grill. Or, just stop by for a visit and a sail. The club will provide condiments and some side dishes, but more are always welcome. Members of the public are invited to visit and share the group’s love for sailing, sailboats and sailboat people. Call Theo Dexter at 970-846-2668, for more information.

Yampa Parade

1 p.m. | Main Street, Yampa

Commemorate Independence Day at the Yampa parade with the usual fanfare including floats, horses, tractors, carriages, fire trucks, the local marching band, and more. It will be followed by a large barbecue at the school grounds with a craft fair and kid games. Later, there are horse races on Moffat Avenue followed by Cowboy Polo. The day wraps up with a large fireworks display.

Jumpin’ & Jammin Competition and Community Party

Noon to 3 p.m. | Howelsen Hill, 845 Howelsen Pwky.

Head over to Howelsen Hill after the parade to celebrate Steamboat’s ski heritage at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s Jumpin’ and Jammin’ Competition and Community Party. Sixty of the nation’s best Nordic combined and ski jumping athletes will soar off of the plastic HS75 meter jump. Enjoy local food and drink vendors, music and festivities celebrating the Fourth of July.

Grayson Capps and Corky Hughes

2 to 7 p.m. | Antlers Cafe & Bar, 40 Moffat Ave., Yampa

Grayson Capps and Corky Hughes will play at the Antlers Cafe & Bar in Yampa to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Pro Rodeo 

6:30 p.m.  | Brent Romick Arena, 401 Howelsen Pkwy.

Featuring bull riding, bronc riding, roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and kids’ events including the calf and ram scrambles.

Albert Simpson

10 p.m. | Old Town Pub & Restaurant, 600 Lincoln Ave.

All the way from Alabama, Simpson brings his own style of southern hippie funk. He has become a staple and favorite at Old Town Pub. Music will start following the fireworks.

DJ DraLa Fourth of July Bash

10 p.m. | Schmiggity’s, 821 Lincoln Ave.

Celebrate our country’s birthday with a free night of dancing to heavy beats and thick bass of Steamboat’s favorite DJ, DraLa.

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