City: Steamboat’s July 4 fireworks biggest in state

City encourages residents to walk, ride bikes or take bus to Howelsen Hill

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— Tim Borden promises that residents and visitors won’t be disappointed by Steamboat Springs’ annual Fourth of July fireworks show.

Borden said he and his son, Scott, try to make the fireworks show bigger and better every year. This year, he said, there are five launch sites on Howelsen Hill and organizers plan to use at least one 16-inch, 50-pound firework shell (shells in most commercial shows are 1 1/2 to 6 inches).

“They’re going to probably see one of the better shows out here in the Rocky Mountain West,” Borden said.

The 20- to 22-minute show starts at about 9:30 p.m. after the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series and will be choreographed with music broadcast on KBCR 96.9 FM. The city encourages people to walk, ride their bikes or take the bus.

Deputy City Manager Wendy DuBord said the city’s show is the biggest in the state and maybe the region, based on an informal study of other communities. She said with how much the Bordens work and donate to put on the city’s fireworks show, the $25,000 event is valued at nearly $100,000.

“Nobody puts on a show that big. Nobody,” DuBord said. “Not in Denver, not in Colorado Springs, not in Fort Collins, not anywhere. Mainly it’s because we have great volunteers and a great location.”

Borden said the show was designed to be seen from almost everywhere in town.

Steamboat Pilot & Today readers suggested on Facebook a number of good viewing locations in addition to Howelsen. They include Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus, the deck at Double Z Bar & BBQ, the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, Steamboat Springs Cemetery, the lawn of City Hall, Buffalo Pass and the deck at Sweetwater Grill.

But not all readers were that forthcoming.

“Wouldn’t it be silly to reveal our favorite locations, and then have it be too crowded for us to view from that location,” Patti Muhme wrote in a Facebook post.

The fireworks show isn’t the only event Monday. The city’s festivities also include the annual Fourth of July Parade, which will take place from 10 to about 11 a.m. on Lincoln Avenue. Lincoln Avenue from Fifth Street to 11th Street will be closed from 5 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Pioneer Day Block Party at the Tread of Pioneers Museum at Eighth and Oak streets is after the parade.

The town of Yampa also is hosting a parade at 1 p.m. on Moffat Avenue followed by a barbecue beef lunch at South Routt Elementary School. The town’s fireworks show will start when it gets dark.

Routt County Office of Emergency Management Director Bob Struble urged residents in a news release to be careful this weekend. He said fireworks should be used only outdoors, with water handy and by people 12 and older.

Struble also said that all fireworks were illegal on U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands.

DuBord said sponsors contributed $2,000 each to help pay for Steamboat’s fireworks show. They are Yampa Valley Bank, Native Excavating, The Industrial Company, Steamboat Resorts, Ace at the Curve, KBCR and Explore Steamboat. She said the city paid the other $11,000.

Borden praised the sponsors and the volunteers who help Scott and him with the annual fireworks show.

“It’s really quite a team effort,” he said. “I know they call me about it, (and) my son, but there are a great many people that spend a good portion of the year getting ready for this. This is a volunteer event that nobody’s ever objected to. Everybody likes fireworks.”

Fourth of July weekend events

Friday

5 p.m. Electric Hot Tuna plays as part of the Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series at Howelsen Hill

5 to 8 p.m. First Friday Artwalk at venues across Steamboat

7 p.m. Mountain Valley Bank Ranch Rodeo at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, free

Saturday

7:30 a.m. Mountain Madness Half Marathon starting at the Howelsen Ice Arena at River Road, a 10K starts at 8 a.m., $25, pre-register at Ski Haus or at www.runningseries.com

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 10th annual Art on the Mountain takes place Saturday, Sunday and Monday in Gondola Square

7:30 p.m. Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, $15 at the gate for adults, $8 for children 7 to 15 and free for children 6 and younger

Sunday

9 a.m. Independence Day Ski Jumping Extravaganza and Nordic combined competition at Howelsen Hill

9:30 to 11:30 a.m. A reception for Colori Deliziosi, an exhibit of delicious color photographs, at Ciao Gelato

1:30 to 3 p.m. Historical tour of Yampa from the Yampa-Egeria Historical Museum, 100 Main St.

5 p.m. Ninth annual My Hometown community picnic at Yackey Park in Yampa, $10 for families, $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger. Dinner includes a pulled pork sandwich, coleslaw, beans, chips, cake and a drink, and there will be fire-roasted hot dogs and marshmallows for children.

7 p.m. Brent Rowan and friends Deborah Allen and Jim Photoglo perform at Strings Music Pavilion, $40 in advance or $45 the day of the show. Visit stringsmusicfestival.com or call 970-879-5056, ext. 105.

7:30 p.m. Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, $15 at the gate for adults, $8 for children 7 to 15 and free for children 6 and younger

JULY FOURTH

7 to 10 a.m. The Steamboat Springs Lions Club’s annual all-you-can-eat pancake at Little Toots Park, $8 for adults, $6 for seniors older than 65 and children younger than 10

7 to 10:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast at Ladies Aid Hall in Yampa.

9 a.m. Sixth annual cross-country/Nordic combined roller ski race on Lincoln Avenue.

9:30 to 10 a.m. Veterans, military men and women, Reservists and National Guard members who want to walk in the Steamboat Springs’ Fourth of July Parade while the Holy Name Chorus sings patriotic songs should go to the staging area on Yampa Street. Participants are asked to wear uniforms, veterans’ organization attire or a patriotic T-shirt. Look for “Uncle Sam” and the “God Bless America” banner.

9:40 a.m. Steamboat Sprint 400-yard dash starting at Lyon Drug Store at Lincoln Avenue and Ninth Street, register from 9 to 9:15 a.m. at Lyon Drug

10 a.m. Parents and children are invited to walk in the parade with First Impressions of Routt County, meet the group between Fifth Street and Sixth Street on Yampa Street before the parade.

10 a.m. Steamboat Springs Fourth of July Parade on Lincoln Avenue.

11 a.m. Pioneer Day Block Party follows at the Tread of Pioneers Museum at Eighth and Oak streets, which includes “Routt” beer floats, free hot dogs donated by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, free admission to the museum and kids activities

11 a.m. United Method Church hosts a Strawberry Festival on its lawn at Eighth and Oak streets. The festival includes ice cream sundaes for $3, cones and lemonade for $1. Proceeds benefit local charities.

Noon. The Independence Day Ski Jumping Extravaganza and Nordic combined competition at Howelsen Hill

1 p.m. Town of Yampa Fourth of July parade on Moffat Avenue. Participants should line up at River Park before noon. The parade will be followed by a barbecue beef lunch at South Routt Elementary School. Barbecue beef or hot dog plates, which include chips and beans are $5, hot dogs are $1 each and chips are 50 cents.

4 p.m. Horse polo followed by a horse race on Moffat Avenue in Yampa. Contact Tammy Delto at 970-638-1104.

6:30 p.m. Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, $20 at the gate for adults, $10 for children 7 to 15 and free for children 6 and younger.

8 p.m. Free country dancing until the fireworks start at the Ghost Ranch Saloon.

9:30 p.m. The city of Steamboat Springs Fourth of July fireworks will begin at Howelsen Hill after the rodeo; a music simulcast will be on KBCR 96.9 FM

Dark. Town of Yampa Fourth of July fireworks show

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