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Key points ¤ Alpen Brass Patriotic Community Concert ¤ After the Fourth of July parade -- about 11 a.m. Monday ¤ Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St. ¤ Free

No matter how much Steamboat Springs grows, there's something about Fourth of July that brings back that small-town feeling.

After watching a parade of people waving from the windows of heavy equipment and confused toddlers tossing candy from their wagons, you'll be in the mood for more small-town fun. Fortunately, just a block away on Oak Street, the festivities continue.

Thanks to Strings in the Mountains, the Alpen Brass will play a free patriotic concert in front of the Tread of Pioneers Museum.

This is the sixth year for the Pioneer Block Party, started by the previous director of the museum, Marty Woodbury, as a throw back to the days when communities often gathered for block parties.

During the Block Party, admission to the museum is free. Nonprofit organizations such as the Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra and Horizons Specialized Services will set up information booths. The United Methodist Church will hold a quilt raffle and sell strawberries and cream as part of its strawberry festival. The Tread of Pioneers Museum will sell their famous Routt Beer Floats for $3. St. Paul's Episcopal Church and Whiteman Primary School will be giving away free hot dogs.

The street will be closed to car traffic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Oak Street to the alley on Eighth Street.

After he finishes his duties at the parade and greets visitors during a brief "whistle stop" at the Depot Art Center, Teddy Roosevelt will join the Pioneer Block Party.

Played by Steve Stark of Fargo, N.D., Roosevelt will be in town all weekend making appearances in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Routt National Forest.

President Theodore Roosevelt gave official designation to the Routt National Forest in 1905.

The staff of the Tread of Pioneers Museum will be dressed Victorian costume to celebrate the pioneers who settled the area.

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