Fourth of July in Steamboat Springs, CO: Pro Rodeo, Summer Ski Jumping & More

Steamboat Springs Fourth of July EventsWith a rich history steeped in western Americana—think rodeo, ranching, the 19th-century Gold Rush, and a distinct small-town USA charm—Steamboat Springs, Colorado takes its Fourth of July celebrations seriously.

A significant share of Steamboat Springs' best summer events takes place over the 4th of July weekend every year, including the Cowboys' Roundup Days. This four-day event features a traditional hometown parade alongside events unique to the Steamboat area, including the summer's largest Pro Rodeo and Ski Jumping Extravaganza. This year marks the 121st Annual Cowboys' Roundup Days, and it promises tons of Western-themed patriotic fun and festivities. Although there won't be any fireworks displays in the interest of fire prevention, keep reading for the top Fourth of July events in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, in 2024.

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo

While the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo is held every Friday and Saturday from June 21 to August 24, there's a special Pro Rodeo Series for the Fourth of July happening July 3–4. The Steamboat Pro Rodeo facility is just across the Yampa River from Downtown Steamboat Springs. Thrilling rodeo events include classic rough-and-tumble competitions such as team and tie-down roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, bull riding, and bareback riding.

This rodeo will be Steamboat's largest of the summer, with events happening nightly from Wednesday, July 3, to Saturday, July 6. Beginning at 6:00 p.m. before every rodeo (one hour earlier on the Fourth of July), local artists perform live music, and a classic western BBQ dinner is available. The rodeo runs from 7:30–9:30 p.m. every night

  • Brent Romick Rodeo Arena: 401 Howelsen Parkway, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
  • Date/Time: July 3–6 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Ticket prices: General admission uncovered seating tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 7–15. Covered seating is $30 for everyone, and children under 6 get in free.
  • Pro Tip: It is highly recommended to purchase tickets in advance. Season tickets are also available at a significant discount (note that July 4th is excluded from the season passes).

Steamboat Springs Hometown Parade

The Hometown Parade is one of the most highly anticipated events of the entire Cowboys' Roundup Days. It always takes place on the morning of July 4th, proceeding down Lincoln Avenue in Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat Springs community groups, such as local businesses, schools, and meetup groups, are encouraged to collaborate to create parade floats. Local judges will rate floats based on creativity, originality, and spirit in several categories, including Best Overall Theme, Best Commercial Businesses (which also includes political candidates), Best Group, and Best Parade Theme. Anyone wishing to participate in the hometown parade should register by June 26.

    • Parade Location: Lincoln Avenue in Steamboat Springs (starting at Lincoln Ave & 10th St)
    • Date & Time: 10:00 a.m. on July 4, 2024

Lion's Club Pancake Breakfast

Before marching or watching the parade, be sure to fill your belly at the annual Lion's Club Pancake Breakfast. Held at Little Toots Park, this free event is beloved and always well-attended.

Jumpin' & Jammin' 4th of July Ski Jumping Extravaganza

The Jumpin' and Jammin' 4th of July Ski Jumping Extravaganza proves that slopeside fun in Steamboat doesn't stop in the summer. Steamboat is a major destination for winter sports, with many Winter Olympics hopefuls choosing to live and train here.

During Roundup Days, spectators can watch some of the world's best ski jumpers perform summer ski jumps at Howelsen Hill, one of the best ski resorts in the Steamboat Springs area. Bring snacks and a chair, blanket, or umbrella, and watch in awe! The athletes practice and train for three days, and the final elimination competition begins just after the parade on the 4th. The competition is followed by a community party with food vendors and live music.

      • Howelsen Hill Ski Area: 845 Howelsen Parkway, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
      • Training: Friday, June 28–Tuesday, July 2, 8:00–10:00 a.m.
      • Ski Jump Competition: Wednesday, July 3, from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    • Nordic Combined Competition: Thursday, July 4; 1K Run at 9:15 a.m.; 3K Roller Ski Race at 9:30 a.m.; Elimination Jump Competition from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
      • Ticket prices: Free

Steamboat Serves Up Old-Fashioned Fun on July 4th

With its close-knit community and small-town charm, it's no surprise that Steamboat Springs goes to great lengths to celebrate the Fourth of July. No matter which events interest you, they're a wonderful way to celebrate America's Independence and the town's rich Western heritage—and meet some community members, too!

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