Steamboat Springs Tonight's highly anticipated fireworks show will top off a Fourth of July packed full of fun. There isn't a moment or excuse to rest today, with activities taking place throughout Steamboat Springs.
Fireworks will light up the sky over Howelsen Hill tonight in arguably the best fireworks show on the Western Slope. Locals and visitors will see about 3,000 fireworks set off in 22 minutes, in what organizers Tim and Scott Borden are calling Steamboat's biggest fireworks display yet. Tune in to local radio station KBCR - "Big Country" 96.9 FM and 1230 AM, the ESPN affiliate - as the station simulcasts patriotic tunes along with the show.
Although fun is a priority, city officials also are concerned about safety during the show and will close much of Howelsen Hill early today to prevent people from adventuring too close to the pyrotechnics. To avoid traffic jams, Deputy City Manager Wendy DuBord said, more buses than usual will be running and city officials are encouraging people to use them or other means of alternative transportation to get to and from Howelsen Hill.
Hungry patriots can start the day with a steaming pancake breakfast at Little Toots Park on 13th Street. Hosted by The Steamboat Lions Club, the breakfast starts at 7 a.m. and all proceeds will go to local projects.
After fueling up on pancakes, runners participating in the 17th annual Steamboat Sprint will start the 400-yard race at 9:30 a.m. on Lincoln Avenue. The sprint is part of the Steamboat Springs Running Series, though no points will be awarded to overall standings. There will be more than $400 in prizes, and all participants will be entered into a raffle. The race is open to everyone and will see competitors of all ages and levels.
The third annual Fourth of July Ski Jumping Extravaganza will include a skate-ski event on Lincoln Avenue at 9:45 a.m., followed by the ski jumping event at 12:30 p.m. at Howelsen Hill. Catch five national teams and a number of up-and-coming ski jumpers in this special summer event for winter sports.
The First National Bank of Steamboat Springs Fourth of July parade through downtown begins at 10 a.m. Organizers say this will be one of the biggest parades in Steamboat's history with appearances by the All Broads Kazoo Band, local musicians and Dangerous Curves Motorcycle Club. Steamboat Springs firefighters will be collecting donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the parade, and Heeling Friends will feature a few of its therapeutic horses and dogs.
After the parade, the Strings Music Festival and Tread of Pioneers Museum will host the Pioneer Day Block Party at the museum at Eighth and Oak streets. Boulder Brass, a unique brass and percussion chamber group, will treat partygoers to festive music while the museum's famous "Routt Beer Floats" will be served to cool off the crowd. Admission to the museum will be free.
For an artistic take on festivities, Art on the Mountain in Gondola Square is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the base of Steamboat Ski Area. When that ends, head downtown for July's First Friday ArtWalk from 5 to 8 p.m. at 15 downtown venues. There will be new artists, shows, food, live music and several opening-night receptions.
Across the Yampa River, the 2008 Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series starts 30 minutes earlier than usual at 7 p.m. at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena at Howelsen Hill. There will be bareback riding, team roping, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and bull riding. For children ages 5 and younger, there is the ram scramble, and for children ages 6 to 12 there is a calf scramble. Barbecue and entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m.
For folks celebrating in Yampa, the "Great American Heroes" Fourth of July Celebration begins with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. There will be a parade at 1 p.m., following line-up and judging before noon at River Park. Organizer Arlene Porteus said about 500 people will attend the festivities, and this year, there will be a mule pack train during the parade. After the parade, a marching band and barbecue beef lunch will take place on the South Routt Elementary School grounds with games and crafts planned for the children. Live music and horse polo will round out the day and a fireworks show will top off the night.