Parade, fireworks offer chance for fun on Fourth

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— Children can be more than just spectators at Steamboat Springs' annual Fourth of July Parade.

All children are invited today to the Sore Saddle Cyclery, on 1136 Yampa Ave., to decorate their own bicycles with materials provided by the shop, and ride with store employees in the parade down Lincoln Avenue.

"They come here before the parade and decorate their bikes," Sore Saddle mechanic Drew Gunn said.

"We have red, white and blue streamers."

Children can arrive at Sore Saddle at 9 a.m. to start decorating. The parade begins at 10 a.m.

"It's mostly for the little ones," Gunn said, but everyone is welcome to participate. Gunn said the bike-decorating event was a hit during Fourth of July festivities last year.

The cyclists are toward the beginning of the parade, so children will still be able to watch the remainder of the show.

"We're usually fairly early on in the group," Gunn said. "We know kids get antsy."

The bike decorating is one of many holiday events going on in Steamboat Springs today.

From 7 to 10 a.m., there will be an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at the Steamboat Springs Community Center at 1255 Lincoln Ave. The Steamboat Springs Lions Club is hosting the event. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children and seniors.

The Fourth of July Parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Lincoln Avenue. This year's theme is "100 Years of Western Heritage" in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Cowboy Roundup Days.

"Our city goes back a little further," said Riley Polumbus, public relations director for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association. "But to have the rodeo and Fourth of July celebration and the Cowboy Roundup Days, it's been 100 years."

Polumbus said more than 50 floats will appear in the parade.

She said she anticipates parking will be difficult today; besides holiday festivities there will be a rodeo tonight, as well as numerous Triple Crown teams in town.

"People should think ahead and try to park at a friend's house and walk into town, or take the bus," Polumbus said.

At 11:30 a.m. there will be a free concert in front of the Tread of Pioneers Museum at 800 Oak St. The Boulder Brass Ensemble will perform patriotic tunes. Also at 11:30 a.m., people can come to the lawn of the United Methodist Church at the corner of Oak and Eighth streets for ice cream and lemonade. At noon, the country band Alpine Posse will perform at a barbecue lunch held in the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena. A matinee rodeo will perform at 1:30 in the arena. Alpine Posse will also perform at 6 p.m. for a barbecue dinner in the arena.

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Romick Arena. Fireworks will be fired from Howelsen Hill at 9:30 p.m.

"There's a lot of great places to watch them in town," Polumbus said. The fireworks will be visible from anywhere downtown, she said.

Also, people at the rodeo are welcome to stay in the Romick Arena to watch the show.

The 96.9 KBCR radio station will be broadcasting live from Lincoln Avenue all day. Polumbus said people can tune in for a simulcast during the fireworks show.

"And please, no dogs," she said. "Dogs don't like fireworks."

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