Celebrate the 4th of July in Steamboat Springs, CO

Celebrate the 4th of July in Steamboat Springs, CO

Celebrate the 4th of July in Steamboat Springs, CO

For a hearty helping of Americana, community love and passion for the outdoors, it's hard to beat spending the Fourth of July holiday in our little hometown of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. It's like a warm slice of apple pie with an extra large scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

Located in the northwest corner of Colorado, Steamboat is a (beautiful!) 3 hour drive from Denver...just long enough to dissuade folks that are looking for a quicker hit to the mountains. But if you make the trek to Ski and Bike Town USA for Independence Day, we promise you won't regret it. #iykyk

Here's our step-by-step plan for making the most out of the day, with some secret tips to avoid crowds as well.


6am: Parade Prep!

  • Get ready to spend the day downtown! You will want a front row seat to the parade on Lincoln Avenue, so head down when the sun comes up and place your blanket and chairs on the sidewalk to reserve your spot. (If you don't make it early, not to worry, you can still peek at the parade, but it just may not be as comfortable.) Also, by going early, you'll secure a great parking spot - with the road closures, plan to park northeast of Lincoln Ave along Oak and Pine Streets. Reminder, the free bus system in town is a huge help as well!

^^This was at 6am in 2023. 

7am: Pancake Breakfast

  • The great news? You are already downtown so head to Little Toots Park at 7am for the Lion's Club Pancake Breakfast. A delicious meal to fuel the whole family for a great day - $15 for adults, $10 for veterans, seniors and children under 12.
  • If you're looking for something other than pancakes, the eggs benedicts at Creekside are incredible, as are the cinnamon rolls at Winona's. Johnny B Good's on Lincoln is a great option too (with town's go-to milkshakes)!

9am: The Show is About to Begin

9:15am: Nordic Skiing in Summer?!

    10am: Sit back and get the Steamboat warm hug



    11am: Grab lunch and prep for an afternoon picnic under the soaring jumpers


    3pm: Keep the team moving and hit the water

    • After the final jumper lands and wins the competition, head back across the river and stop on the banks to dip your toes in. You may just have time to tube 'the town run' with Backdoor Sports who will rent you an inner tube to float the Yampa River and pick you up and shuttle you back to their doorstep.


    5pm: A fork in the road

    • Here's where the rubber meets the road and you have some decisions to make. 
    • Option 1: Stay downtown, enjoy the water, watch the kids play at Little Toots Park, cool down at the Bud Werner Memorial Library and indulge in a little Happy Hour at Mountain Tap, Barley or Yampa Brewing Company Hop House. And don't miss the Alpine Slide on Howelsen for incredible views of town and tons of fun. Then grab a bite at Laundry or Mambo before making your way to the Steamboat Pro Rodeo downtown. They'll have BBQ and music going at 6pm and the Rodeo starts at 7:30pm.
    • Option 2: Head to Steamboat Resort ("the mountain" as locals call it) and grab dinner at The Range. Live music is on the stage from 5:30-8:30. The kiddos can play in the river and at the "beach". With lawn games galore, there is something for everyone. At 9pm the Independence Day Fourth of July Drone Light Show starts. 
    • Two beautiful ways to cap off a fun-filled day in the 'Boat. 


    We hope you love your time in Steamboat and welcome to our little community. Have a wonderful, safe and lovely Fourth with family and friends. Keep your eyes peeled for our CEO and Co-Founder Robin Hall while out and about on the above itinerary. Sometimes she falls a little behind as she'll find a napportunity along the way to keep the dream alive as long as she can. Love Outside!