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31 affordable ways to celebrate Fourth of July in Steamboat Springs

Independence Day is supposed to be about tradition. But what can you do to give the usual celebrations a spark of spontaneity?

It's time to show your American pride. Grab the sunscreen, your best red, white and blue duds and meet us at any of the following events to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, which in Steamboat Springs officially begins Friday.

Events to go to:

Friday, June 30

Pro Rodeo Series

7:30 p.m. | Brent Romick Arena | 401 Howelsen Pkwy.

Featuring bull riding, bronc riding, roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and kids’ events.

Opening Day at Steamboat Resort

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10 a.m. to 7 p.m. |  Steamboat Ski Resort, 2305 Mount Werner Circle.

Steamboat Resort’s base area operations will open with the Coca-Cola Adventure Zone's new summer activities, including the 18-hole Maverick Mini-Golf course, urban ropes course and summer tubing. Other activities include the Wild West Bounce House, Slingshot Bungee Trampoline and WaterWalkerz. Adventure Zone day passes are available starting June 30 for $39, including all open activities. The gondola, Outlaw Mountain Coaster and Steamboat Bike Park are scheduled to open July 15.

Trail Tots: Owls

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. |  Yampa River State Park, 6185 W. U.S. Highway 40

Children age 3 to 7 are welcome to learn about owls and what they eat. During this session, participants will dissect owl pellets, put together some owl food chain puzzles, play a fun game of hide and squeak and make an owl craft. It’s sure to be a hoot.

Fourth of July Celebration Happy Hour

4 to 5:30 p.m. | Casey’s Pond, 2855 Owl Hoot Trail.

Celebrate the Fourth of July early at Casey's Pond. Enjoy tasty bites and refreshing sips while chatting with friends and family.

Live music at Butcherknife Brewing

5 p.m. | Butcherknife Brewing Company, 2875 Elk River Road

Enjoy live music performed by the Kamila Quartet while sipping beer at Butcherknife Brewing with 25 percent of sales donated to Strings Music Festival.

Steamboat Movement Fest: Outlaw Yoga

5:30 to 7 p.m. | Rakta Hot Yoga, 1169 Hilltop Parkway, Suite 202 A.

Join Justin Kaliszewski, as he leads a transformative yoga experience. Visit steamboatmovefest.com for more info.

Jay Roemer Band & Friends

7 p.m. |  Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.

An evening of local favorites featuring the Jay Roemer Band, show opener Ryan Fleming and Bella Hudson. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. They are available at chieftheater.com and All That, 601 Lincoln Ave.

Pro Rodeo Series

7:30 p.m. | Brent Romick Arena, 401 Howelsen Pkwy.

Professional rodeo series featuring bull riding, bronc riding, roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and kids events.

Saturday, July 1

Main Street Steamboat Farmers Market

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. |  Farmers Market, Seventh and Yampa streets, between Sixth and Eighth streets

The Main Street Steamboat Farmers Market features fresh fruit and vegetables each week. The market focuses on food and offers a variety of local and cottage industry products. Entertainment is provided by Steamboat Springs musicians.

Fourth of July Ski Jumping Extravaganza: Jump Training

9 to 10:30 a.m.|  Howelsen Hill, 845 Howelsen Pkwy.

Sixty of the nation's best athletes will be training at Howelsen Hill in preparation for Monday’s competition and Tuesday’s main event — the Jumpin' and Jammin' Competition and community party.

Art on the Mountain

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. |  Steamboat Ski Resort, 2305 Mount Werner Circle

Local and visiting artisans bring a variety of work to display and sell in Gondola Square at Steamboat Ski Area.

Flag for the Fourth: The True Story of Steamboat Springs’ First Independence Day

Noon to 12:45 p.m. | Bud Werner Memorial Library, 1289 Lincoln Ave.

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents an outdoor storytelling event with natural and cultural historian Marianne Capra, told at the site of Steamboat Springs’ first-ever Fourth of July celebration, which now happens to be the library. Travel back to 1876 as the Crawford pioneers celebrate, and find out who will save the day. Designed for audiences 10 and older; people are encouraged to bring their own chairs, blankets, Fourth of July picnics and more. After the 45-minute story, Capra will guide an optional mini walking tour to the Steamboat Spring across the street.

Free Summer Concert Series: Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers

5 p.m. | Howelsen Ampitheater, 845 Howelsen Pkwy.

Bruce Hornsby writes powerful songs from the heart that touch on several distinctly American traditions: pop, jazz, bluegrass and '60s soul. After working as a studio player and songwriter, Hornsby had his first hit in 1986 with the stirring and philosophical "The Way It Is."

Celebrate America Concert

7 to 8:30 p.m. |  Strings Music Pavilion, 900 Strings Road

Mark Gould conducts a brass and percussion ensemble in a Fourth of July program featuring the music of Sousa, Williams, Tchaikovsky and Ward. Enjoy a classic American barbecue before the show. Tickets are required.

Pro Rodeo Series

7:30 p.m. | Brent Romick Arena, 401 Howelsen Pkwy.

Professional rodeo series featuring bull riding, bronc riding, roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and kids’ events.

Fireworks Over Steamboat Lake

9 to 10 p.m.|  Steamboat Lake State Park, 61105 Routt County Road 129

Watch the fireworks sparkle under the stars and over the lake for the Fourth of July.

Sunday, July 2

Art on the Mountain

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Steamboat Ski Resort, 2305 Mount Werner Circle

Local and visiting artisans bring a variety of work to display and sell in Gondola Square at Steamboat Ski Area.

Fourth of July Ski Jumping Extravaganza: Jump Training

3 to 5 p.m. | Howelsen Hill, 845 Howelsen Pkwy.

Sixty of the nation's best athletes will be training at Howelsen Hill in preparation for Monday’s competition and Tuesday’s main event — the Jumpin' and Jammin' Competition and community party.

Ranch Rodeo

7:30 p.m. | Brent Romick Arena, 401 Howelsen Pkwy.

The Ranch Rodeo is the kick-off event for the 114th annual Cowboys’ Round Up Days Celebration and will mark an important milestone as the first-ever Working Ranch Cowboys Association-sanctioned Ranch Rodeo in Steamboat Springs.

Monday, July 3

Fourth of July Ski Jumping Extravaganza: Jump Training

9 a.m. to noon |  Howelsen Hill, 845 Howelsen Pkwy.

Watch Day 2 of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Ski Jumping Extravaganza as Nordic combined and ski jumping athletes soar off of the HS45 and HS75 meter jumps.

Art on the Mountain

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. |  Steamboat Ski Resort, 2305 Mount Werner Circle

Local and visiting artisans bring a variety of work to display and sell in Gondola Square at Steamboat Ski Area.

Historical Tour of Yampa

3 p.m. | Yampa-Egeria Museum, 129 East Main St., Yampa

Join local historian Rita Harold for an informative tour of historical sites.

“My Hometown” Community Picnic

5 to 7 p.m. | Yackey Park, Yampa

A family-friendly event event, the community picnic will feature pulled pork sandwiches or hotdogs, coleslaw, beans, chips, cake and a beverage. Live music will be by the Greenridge Ramblers.

Pro Rodeo Series

7:30 p.m. | Brent Romick Arena, 401 Howelsen Pkwy.

These special Steamboat Pro Rodeo events on July 3 and 4 feature bull riding, bronc riding, roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and kids’ events including the calf and ram scrambles.

Tuesday, July 4

Ski Town Lions Club pancake breakfast

7 a.m. | Eighth Street between Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street

The Lions will be serving a full pancake breakfast with eggs, sausage, coffee and juice. The cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children.

Nordic Combined Roller Ski Race

9:15 a.m. | Downtown, Lincoln Avenue

Head down to the Lincoln Avenue before the Fourth of July Parade to cheer on Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes and other athletes from around the nation as they race down Lincoln Avenue on roller skis in day 3 of the Ski Jumping Extravaganza.

Fourth of July Parade

10 a.m. | Downtown Steamboat, 10 a.m.

This year's parade theme is American Legends and grand marshals are Dennis and Joy Swanson. Parade check-in begins at 8:15 a.m. between Fifth and Sixth streets on Yampa Avenue.

Pioneer Day Block Party

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. |  Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St.

Don’t miss this fun-filled Fourth of July tradition. After the parade on Lincoln Avenue, head to the Tread of the Pioneers Museum and enjoy a free community concert, kids’ activities, free hot dogs and the famous Routt beer floats. Be sure to stop in the museum; free admission for all.

Yampa Parade

1 p.m. | Main Street, Yampa

Commemorate Independence day with the Yampa parade followed by a large barbecue at the school grounds with a craft fair and many kid games. Later there are horse races on Moffat Avenue followed by Cowboy Polo. The day wraps up with a large fireworks display.

Jumpin’ & Jammin Competition and Community Party

Noon to 4 p.m. |  Howelsen Hill, 845 Howelsen Pkwy.

Celebrate the Fourth of July at Howelsen Hill with 60 of the nation’s best Nordic combined and ski jumping athletes as they soar off the HS75 meter jump. Enjoy local food and drink vendors, music and festivities.

Pro Rodeo 

6:30 p.m.  | Brent Romick Arena, 401 Howelsen Pkwy.

Featuring bull riding, bronc riding, roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and kids’ events including the calf and ram scrambles.

Fireworks Show

9:30 p.m. |  Howelsen Hill, 845 Howelsen Pkwy.

Known as one of the biggest firework shows in the country, Tim Borden, a Steamboat Springs resident and fireworks enthusiast who donates the fireworks each year, said to be on the lookout for two big surprises, especially the last firework. This event is free to the public and put on by the city of Steamboat Springs.

Want to know how to celebrate like a local? See what they had to say here. 

Getting around downtown:

  • Carpool
  • Bike if at all possible. There will be a lot of traffic and the best way to get around and find parking would be to bike.
  • Park somewhere near a free bus stop. The free bus is running all weekend and is a great way to get around town.
  • Bring lots of bug spray
  • Wear plenty of sunscreen, even in the late afternoon.

Patriotic playlist:

Put together a list from the great American songbook. (“My Country Tis of Thee;” “Oh Shenandoah”) or just a lot of songs that make you feel all American (“Born in the USA,” “American Pie”). Or maybe you could get crafty and feature songs that mention the colors red, white or blue. To help you out, we've made a playlist (see sidebar).

Host a red, white and blue potluck:

Put a twist on the traditional potluck by requesting that everyone bring only red, white or blue food or have everyone wear only red, white and blue (see recipes).

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