Steamboat gets ready for the Fourth

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— Just because there is not a fireworks show on the evening of the Fourth of July holiday, doesn't mean there's nothing for the community to do.

Along with the music festival on Mount Werner Circle, residents have plenty to choose from for events.

The day kicks off with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Community Center at 1255 Lincoln Ave. The cost for the breakfast is $7 per person, and proceeds will benefit the Steamboat Springs Lions Club.

The 11th annual Steamboat Sprint, a 400-yard sprint down Lincoln Avenue, follows the pancake breakfast. The sprint is at 9:30 a.m.

The 99th annual Fourth of July Parade with the theme, "Steamboat: The Spirit of America," is at 10 a.m. The parade is on Lincoln Avenue from 11th to Sixth Street.

Anyone can march in the parade, as long as they fill out a registration form from the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association. Last year, 62 people entered in the parade.

Fire trucks from the Steamboat Springs Fire Department will kick off the parade.

"When you hear the sirens, that means the parade is about to start," chamber event Director Dina Monico said.

Prizes for best entries in the parade will be given. Prize categories include best theme, best group, best commercial and best precession band and "doo da" parade.

After the parade is over, the Tread of Pioneers Museum and Strings in the Mountains collaborate to throw the Pioneer Block Party on Eighth Street.

"It's to celebrate the pioneers who founded this country and this town," museum curator Candice Lombardo said.

People can buy the museum's Routt beer floats and listen to the Boulder Brass Ensemble. There also will be hot dogs and discounted tours of the Tread of Pioneers Museum.

"Basically, this is for people who are downtown for the parade and are looking for something else to do," Lombardo said.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 3-4 local artists will have their works displayed and for sale near the gondola of the Steamboat Ski Area.

"We just wanted to target local artists," said Nicole Bargren, summer operations supervisor for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

About 10 artists will be featured on the mountain, including a wide variety of watercolor paintings, jewelry and numerous craft items.

Instead of fireworks in the evening, locals can partake in the Pro Rodeo at Romick Arena, or check out a 7 p.m. performance of the Perry Mansfield's Youth Festival, which includes the play "The Overcoat" and three dance pieces.

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