Steamboat Springs celebrates 107th Annual Cowboys’ Roundup Days
Fourth of July traditions include a genuine small-town parade, world class rodeo and an epic fireworks display…
Old-fashioned, Western fun is the name of the game for the Fourth of July weekend in Steamboat Springs. Steamboat’s Fourth of July weekend, affectionately known as “Cowboys’ Roundup Days” brings history, tradition and true Western spirit to the Yampa Valley to celebrate the birthday of the independence of our nation.
More than 100 years of Western heritage comes alive over the Fourth of July weekend in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. As the city’s longest standing tradition, the 107th Annual Cowboys’ Roundup Days aims high. Weekend festivities include the traditional downtown Lincoln Avenue parade, the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series including several Fourth of July special events (Ranch Rodeo and Cow Town Ranch Tours) and the Fourth of July fireworks display on Howelsen Hill–the largest, small town display in the state.
In May 2010, Liberty Mutual recognized that Old Glory wears a cowboy hat during Steamboat Springs’ Cowboys’ Roundup Days over Fourth of July Weekend and as such, announced Steamboat Springs as a Liberty Mutual Bring Back the 4th™ Contest Winner via email in June.
Cowboys’ Roundup Days kicks off on Friday, July 2nd. Learn about regional ranches at the Cow Town Ranch Tour organized by the Community Agriculture Alliance. This is an excellent opportunity to visit local, working ranches throughout the Yampa Valley and learn about the rich ranching heritage of Routt County. This unique experience is a hands-on activity that all age groups will enjoy. Space is limited, please call (970) 879-4370.
Also on Friday is the Mountain Valley Bank Ranch Rodeo at 5:00 p.m. at Romick Arena. Featuring approximately 20 four-person teams all competing on horseback against the clock with four ranch/cattle handling tasks underway at the same time, each team will be required to rope and brand a calf, rope and tie a steer, pen a steer and rope and milk a cow. The rodeo features teams from Steamboat, Hayden, Yampa, Oak Creek, Walden, Meeker, Colorado Springs, Kremmling and communities in Utah and Wyoming.
On Saturday, July 3rd look out for the Mountain Madness Road Race – Half Marathon & 10K beginning at Howelsen Ice Arena, a morning Nordic Ski Jumping Competition at Howelsen Hill, the MainStreet Steamboat Springs Farmers’ Market on 6th Street and Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series at Romick Arena.
Festivities continue Sunday, July 4th. Be sure to check out the Steamboat Springs Lions Club’s Pancake Breakfast at the Little Toots Park, witness the 5th Annual Cross Country/ Nordic Combined Roller Ski Race and the 19th Annual Steamboat Sprint – 400 yard dash on Lincoln Avenue before the Fourth of July Parade presented by Yampa Valley Bank on historic Lincoln Avenue.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of a small, mountain town parade starting at 10:00 a.m. This year’s parade theme is Cowboys Dig Downtown. The Bedell Family of Steamboat Springs will be the Grand Marshals for the Fourth of July Parade; Orval “Junior” Bedell, Chad Bedell and Travis Bedell. The Bedell family roots in the Yampa Valley date back more than 100 years and Orval, Chad and Travis have been working cowboys, hands-on ranchers and outfitters all their lives.
After the Fourth of July Parade, be sure to visit the Pioneer Day Block Party at the Tread of Pioneers Museum featuring a free community concert, the Fourth of July Ski Jump Extravaganza, Nordic Combined competition at Howelsen Hill and end a memorable day with the Fourth of July Fireworks display at dark following the end of the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series at Romick Arena at Howelsen Hill. Fireworks will begin around 9:30 p.m.