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Plan ahead for Independence Day weekend at Steamboat Springs

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If you’re looking for something to do that’s Western and all-American, Steamboat Springs is an excellent alternative to the usual. First and foremost, it’s Cowboys’ Roundup Days, a Steamboat tradition for more than 100 years.

A Steamboat Fourth of July includes the Lincoln Avenue parade, the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series, including several special events (Ranch Rodeo and First Round Bull Riding) and what’s said to be one of the most dynamic Fourth of July fireworks displays in the state. But that’s not all. Here’s more of what you can expect…

Cowboys’ Roundup Days kick off on Thursday, July 3 with the Ranch Rodeo, marking an important milestone as the first ever Working Ranch Cowboys Association-sanctioned Ranch Rodeo in Steamboat Springs with teams of cowboys and cowgirls competing on horseback against the clock to complete ranch and cattle handling tasks.

On Independence Day, a classic pancake breakfast will be prepared before the Cross Country/Nordic Combined Roller Ski Race and the Steamboat Sprint, a 400-yard dash on Lincoln Avenue, which sets the stage for the 10 a.m. Fourth of July Parade. The parade is the largest of the year in Steamboat, so get there early to secure a good spot from which to view the myriad of floats.

After the parade, check out the Pioneer Day Block Party at the Tread of Pioneers Museum, featuring a free community concert and the famous Routt beer floats.

At 12:30 p.m., the Fourth of July Ski Jump Extravaganza ski jumping exhibition begins at Howelsen Hill, which remains the heart of the action as the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo event of the season kicks off there at 6:30 p.m., with fireworks later on that evening.

Then, on Saturday, July 5, it’s the Mountain Madness half marathon and 10K running race, the Mainstreet Farmers Market and a free summer concert at Howelsen Hill at 6:30 p.m. right next door to the Saturday night edition of the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series.

For a full schedule and more information on Cowboys’ Roundup Days, visit www.SteamboatSummer.com.

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