July 4th in Steamboat Springs
If you haven’t been to Steamboat for July 4th, you should it make it a TOP priority this year. No other small town does Independence day bigger or better. Kicking of the weekend of events on Thursday, the Steamboat Springs Chamber has assembled an amalgam of events that are sure to please the peculiarities of us all. Here are just a few of the highlights:
FRIDAY JULY 1ST: PRO RODEO SERIES AT THE BRENT ROMICK ARENA
This wild ride of an event is sure to get your excitement up for the whole July 4th weekend! The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association has voted the Steamboat Springs Rodeo the best small outdoor rodeo in the series (of about 500 others). If you’ve never experienced a rodeo before, or consider yourself a seasoned rodeo-goer you really do not want to miss this one. The events bring in riders, ropers and wranglers from all over and include competitors from raw rookies all the way to world class champions. Come out for the history, stay for the adrenaline pumping excitement, but be sure to grab your seats early as the events start at 7:30.
SATURDAY JULY 2ND: FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES FEATURING KARL DENSON’S TINY UNIVERSE
Howelsen Hill is the perfect backdrop for summertime music. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe brings the jams to a new level this year. Fresh off The Rolling Stones Ole’ Tour, which had the iconic group performing in numerous stadiums throughout Central and South America culminating in a historic free concert in Cuba, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is back in action. In anticipation of his upcoming release in late 2016, Karl and his band The Tiny Universe, embark on a Nationwide run that will give new and old fans the chance to experience what is highly regarded as one of the best live bands on the planet. The current touring lineup is comprised of Richmond guitarist DJ Williams, Soulive drummer Alan Evans, Greyboy Allstars bassist Chris Stillwell, Crush Effects David Veith on the keys, Seattle’s Chris Littlefield on trumpet and ace slide and lap steel guitarist Seth Freeman. Check out the band’s page here and get ready to get your groove on. Get up front and center to dance with the best of them or set out your favorite blanket on the grass for a more relaxing take on a summer concert. The music starts at 6:30.
SUNDAY JULY 3RD: BRENT ROWAN & FRIENDS PRESENTED BY STRINGS MUSIC FESTIVAL
If you’re not already familiar with Brent’s music check out a write-up on his upcoming summer tour. If you are familiar, what are you waiting for? book your tickets. Brent has won the academy award for best country music guitarist of the year, TWICE! His touring partners are no slouches either though, with multiple chart topping hits written for globally touring performers such as The Dixie Chicks, Brad Paisley, and Darryl Worley just to name a few. Find the strings pavilion on the mountain side of town just off of Mt Werner Rd. The show starts at 8:00 but make sure to buy tickets before you get to town, its sure to be a packed house.
MONDAY JULY 4TH: PANCAKES, PARADES, and FIREWORKS, OH MY!
Fuel up with pancakes courtesy of the Steamboat Springs Lions Club at Little Toots Park or head to Creekside Cafe for riverside brunch and eggs benedict. Then stake out a spot along Lincoln Avenue for the annual Fourth of July Parade at 10am. After the floats cruise through downtown, pop on over to the Pioneer Day Block Party at the Tread of Pioneers Museum for some good old fashioned “Routt” Beer Floats and fun. After the dust settles and the sun sets, get ready for Steamboat to light up the sky with the Howelsen Hill fireworks show. For the full 4th of July day schedule, head on over here. Other great spots for fireworks viewing, Sunpie’s, Sweetpea Market and Restaurant, or E3 Chophouse, or just gather the crew and curl up old school style with blankies and picnic baskets on the grass near Olympian Hall.
TUESDAY JULY 5TH: A SHOW FOR KIDS (AND ADULTS), WE’RE NOT CLOWNS
If the activities of July 4th weekend have left you with tons of energy (or with kids with tons of energy) head back to the Strings Music Pavillion for a morning performance by We’re Not Clowns, a wild and local favorite juggling act. if you’ve got kids ages 3-7, bring them!
So for food, friends, freedom and fireworks in a FANTASTIC mountain town, look no further than Steamboat Springs, Colorado. It’ll be a Simply Steamboat 4th of July you won’t want to miss.