There is no such thing as being unpatriotic in this town of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Yesterday, the town did itself proud to show off the Olympic spirit. The street was lined with locals and visitors to the area sporting red, white and blue clothing as they watched the 4th of July Parade. Stars and stripes were every where.
Cutting up strawberries for the United Methodist Church fundraiser started my Independence Day morning. After the parade, while the church sold strawberry sundaes, The Tred of Pioneers Museum passed out Routt beer floats and all American hotdogs. Next year, I must remember to get up a little bit earlier to take in breakfast in the park, offered up by the one of the many service clubs of Steamboat.
After the parade, the action moved to Howelson Hill where medalists – Nordic combined Olympic skiers and aspiring young athletes compete in ski jumping. You don’t see that kind of activity in every town in America on a hot summer day. There are only a few select places that even have ski jumping facilities across the country. It is no wonder “Ski Town U.S.A.” is home to many Olympians who reside here year round.
In early evening, many took in another customary Steamboat-style event – the Rodeo. Fireworks were not on the agenda this year, too dangerous with the draught conditions. But, the fireworks were replaced with another exceptional event at dusk. Event coordinators brought in a band that sells out at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in the Denver area every time they appear. The band 1964 really got the crowd going with their rendition of Beatles tunes. It was a wonderful sing-a-long evening. The band was so close in appearance and vocally to the original “Beatles” , it was amazing. A great choice of entertainment for an Independence Day celebration!
All in all, yesterday was a fulfilling Independence Day in a town that exhibits it’s excellence day after day as a top-rated recreational resort area. Clearly, the reason the town is able to pull off their special events so successfully is the huge number of people who are willing to lend a hand to make wonderful things happen.
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