Steamboat Springs Dana Schoewe and Liza and Sara Stout spent their Fourth of July morning in true American fashion -- manning a homemade lemonade stand at the corner of Seventh and Oak streets.
The girls took turns sneaking away from their post to peek at the parade passing a block away. Their efforts were rewarded by a flood of business from spectators leaving the parade.
"There was this one guy, he gave us a $15 tip," said 9-year-old Schoewe.
But most other children and adults spent their holiday morning away from work, watching the "100 Years of Western Heritage" parade on Lincoln Ave. Hundreds of people lined the street to watch the one-and-a-half-hour-show.
The parade's theme celebrated the 100th anniversary of Steamboat's Cowboy Roundup Days. The parade kicked off with city and county emergency vehicles sounding sirens all the way down the avenue.
More than 50 floats participated in the parade, ranging from cars with streamers to ornately decorated trucks and wagons carrying participants in celebratory costumes.
Many people in the parade threw or handed out food, drinks and candy to the crowds lining the streets.
The Perry-Mansfield and Emerald City Opera floats gave mini-performances as they traveled down the road.
Many children appeared in the parade riding bikes decorated with red, white and blue streamers provided by Sore Saddle Cyclery.
The spectators, many of whom tried to huddle under shade, didn't seem to mind getting cooled down with water guns and fire hoses sprayed by parade participants.
Alan Goodfellow, who was visiting from Rochester, N.Y., said he enjoyed the friendly parade. "It has a small-town atmosphere and a patriotic flavor," Goodfellow said. "It was fun. There was something for everyone."
He noted that people don't often acknowledge the true meaning of the holiday.
"I find it especially moving that the founding fathers really sacrificed everything they had," he said.
Following the parade, a large portion of the crowd migrated to Eighth and Oak streets for other festivities. The United Methodist Church served ice cream and lemonade and the Mahogany Grill served "Routt" beer floats.
The Boulder Brass returned to the Steamboat Springs Fourth of July celebration for the second time. The band played on the flatbed of a truck donated by Alpine Lumber for the occasion. "They're terrific," said Kay Clagett, president and CEO of Strings in the Mountains.
The Boulder Brass has also played at other Strings events. "We bring them in to play that wonderful American music that everyone loves," Clagett said. "They feel very much a part of Steamboat's (Fourth of July) celebration."