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Fourth of July Celebration

The Fourth of July in Steamboat is more than a celebration of national pride; it’s an opportunity to honor the Yampa Valley’s rich western heritage with fun for all.

Events like the Ski Jumping Extravaganza, hometown parade, and the largest Pro Rodeo event of the summer, have visitors proclaiming independence at this 120-year-old event.

120th Annual Cowboys' Roundup Days

For 120 years, Steamboat Springs, Colorado has celebrated Independence Day in true Western fashion. This is a special holiday and Steamboat does it right with an iconic hometown parade.

Fireworks and Preventing Wildfires

Steamboat Springs will not offer a firework display as part of its Independence Day Celebration. Colorado’s low humidity has its perks but can also create dry conditions. Our community places a high value on wildfire prevention, and we thank visitors and residents in advance for not using fireworks in Steamboat Springs this Fourth of July. Learn more about preventing wildfires.

Parking & Transportation

Please note that during all events over the July 4th weekend, there will be additional parking available at Steamboat Springs High School and the Stockbridge Transit Center. 

The traffic plan will use a circular configuration that sees US40 eastbound traffic diverted onto Yampa Street and US40 westbound traffic onto Oak Street. During the closure, temporary bus stops for westbound Steamboat Springs Transit (SST) routes will be on Oak at 5th, 7th, & 9th. Eastbound SST routes will use the same cross streets but with temporary stops on Yampa St. Buses will return to normal operations when Lincoln Avenue reopens.

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Parade Registration

Registration opens Tuesday, May 30 at 8 AM, and closes June 28 at 5 PM. Steamboat community groups are strongly encouraged to join forces to create a float. Judging will occur in front of the judge’s stage on the corner of 8th & Lincoln Ave. Performances will be judged on originality, creativity, and spirit in the following categories:

Best Theme

Best Group

Best Commercial

Best Parade Theme

Parade Theme

“Let Freedom Flow: We Salute the Mighty Yampa” 


Parade Location

The parade returns to Lincoln Avenue this year in Downtown Steamboat Springs!

Fourth of July Schedule 2023


8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Jumpin and Jammin Ski Jump Training, Howelsen Hill 
7:30 p.m. Pro Rodeo Series, Brent Romick Arena



8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. & 4 - 5:30 p.m. Jumpin and Jammin Ski Jump Training, Howelsen Hill 
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Farmers Market, Downtown Steamboat 
7:30 p.m. Pro Rodeo Series, Brent Romick Arena



8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Jumpin and Jammin Ski Jump Training, Howelsen Hill 



8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. HS8, HS45 & HS75 Jumpin and Jammin Ski Jump Competition, Howelsen Hill 
7:30 p.m. Pro Rodeo Series, Brent Romick Arena


7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Lion's Club Pancake Breakfast, Little Toots Park
9:15 a.m. Nordic Combined 1K run
9:30 a.m. 3k roller ski
10:00 a.m. Fourth of July Parade, presented by Yampa Valley Bank, Downtown Steamboat, Lincoln Avenue
11:00 - 2:30 p.m. Jumpin and Jammin Elimination Ski Jumping Competition, Howelsen Hill
7:30 p.m. Pro Rodeo Series, Brent Romick Arena


View the full calendar of events for the Fourth of July weekend by clicking on the link below. Please continue to check back as more events will be added to the 2023 Cowboys' Roundup Days weekend schedule as they become available.

Parade Participation

Support This Year’s Fourth of July Parade

To help keep this special holiday tradition alive, we are seeking sponsorships from members of the community and businesses.

New this year is the "Individual" sponsorship level which is open for any entrepreneur or individual from the community who would like to contribute. Benefits for this level include a tax credit as well as a logo listing and link on the event website.

If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, please email


On July 4, all entries must check in from 8:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. We will provide a laminated number to add to your float and direct you to your staging placement. Judging will occur on the judge’s stage on the corner of 8th and Lincoln Ave. Performances will be judged on originality, creativity, and spirit. Performances are limited to 1 minute. Floats are not allowed to pass anything out to spectators, including water, candy, and other promotional goods. No exceptions. Please respect this rule so that we can have a safe and successful community parade.

After the parade, all floats will exit onto 6th Street towards the rodeo grounds.

Celebrate the fourth of July at the parade in downtown Steamboat Springs

Celebrate the Fourth of July at the Parade in Downtown Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Parade Day Procedure

Parade check-in begins at 8:15 a.m. All participants must be checked in by 9:30 a.m. Parade procession order and day of event details will be sent via email by June 30th.

Contact Cecilia Morter with any parade questions. 

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