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Fourth of July Celebration

Theme: Our Western Heritage – Homegrown Heroes

Since 1927, the Fourth of July in Steamboat Springs has celebrated more than national pride – it’s an annual opportunity for the Yampa Valley community to honor our Western heritage.  

The day is celebrated with fun for all. Events like the largest Pro Rodeo event of the summer and a hometown parade are deep-rooted Independence Day traditions we’re excited to bring back again this year.

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Cowboys' Roundup Days

Cowboys’ Roundup Days is celebrating again in true western fashion! The event will include a weekend full of family-friendly activities as well as the Pro Rodeo Series with four consecutive rodeos on July 3 - 6. 

Hometown Parade

July 4 | 10 AM | Lincoln Ave. between 6th and 10th St.

This year’s parade, led by grand marshals Donny and Jackie Hayes, will include 40+ floats registered by local businesses and organizations. Please review the following information to be prepared for this fun event!  

Fireworks and Preventing Wildfires

Steamboat Springs will not offer a firework display as part of its Independence Day Celebration. 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.

Parade Registration

Steamboat Springs 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



Community Group & Non-Profit: $125
For Profit Business & Political Party: $275

Registration opens on May 20th & will close end of the day on June 26, 2024. Learn more about parade float participation below.


Fourth of July Schedule 2024


8:30 - 10:30 AM Ski Jump Training, Howelsen Hill 



9:00 AM - 12:00 PM HS8, HS45, and HS75 Ski Jump Competition, Howelsen Hill 
7:30 PM Pro Rodeo Series, Brent Romick Arena


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


7:30 PM Pro Rodeo Series, Brent Romick Arena


7:30 PM 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 2024 Cowboys' Roundup Days weekend schedule as they become available.

Parking & Transportation

Multiple city streets from 12th to 5th St. will be closed from 6 AM to 2 PM on July 4, so please plan accordingly. The traffic plan will divert eastbound traffic to Yampa St. and westbound traffic to Oak St. Parking will be extremely limited downtown; we recommend carpooling and parking at the Rodeo Grounds, Howelsen Hill, Steamboat Springs High School, or the Stockbridge Transit Center (see bus schedules here). The police department will be ticketing for failure to follow special event parking.

Expect traffic delays due to street closures and the alternate traffic route. The traffic detour is in place to ensure that emergency vehicles can quickly and safely navigate through the town in case of  emergency. We appreciate your understanding as we work to keep everyone safe. 

Parade Participation


Float check-in starts at 7:45 AM on July 4. To keep traffic running smoothly, all floats must be checked in by 8:45 AM. Float staging will take place between 10th and 12th St. on Lincoln Ave., as well as in the 10th St. parking lot behind Steamboat Meat & Seafood. 

No Distribution Policy

Floats are not allowed to pass anything out to spectators including water, candy, and any other promotional goods. No exceptions. This requirement complies with insurance requirements for parades that include livestock and aligns with sustainability practices that reduce single-use plastics and waste.

Contact Cecilia Morter with any parade questions. 


If you’re interested in sponsoring this event, please email Angelica Salinas.

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

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