Fireworks

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The following Firework Displays are currently scheduled as part of events across the city. These professionally licensed shows have received permits from the Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue.  

The city asks individuals to refrain from setting off personal fireworks. Remember fireworks that leave the ground, explode or fragment, and similar more powerful fireworks are illegal in Colorado without a permit. 

Please Respect Vets, Pets & Neighbors. 

Firework Displays Event Location Estimated Time
Sunday, Dec. 22 Holiday Celebration Steamboat Ski Resort ~ 5:30PM
Tuesday, Dec. 31 New Year's Eve Steamboat Ski Resort ~ 5:30PM
Saturday, Feb. 8 Winter Carnival Night Show Howelsen Hill 7PM to 9PM
Friday, Feb. 14 Valentine's Day Steamboat Ski Resort 5:30PM to 6:30PM

The Boom Behind Steamboat's Fireworks

For years, Steamboat Springs fireworks enthusiast Tim Borden and Yampa Valley Bank have been donating the fireworks for the town’s Winter Carnival held every year during the second weekend of February.

Tim has been chasing the record for the largest shell ever launched in the world. The successful launch of a 48-inch shell on Feb. 11, 2017, was recognized as the largest shell ever launched in the Western Hemisphere. Their quest continues in 2020! 

Steamboat Fireworks

Illegal Fireworks

Fireworks that explode or leave the ground are illegal in Colorado, including Steamboat Springs. Illegal fireworks include (but are not limited to):

  • firecrackers
  • rockets (including bottle rockets)
  • roman candles
  • cherry bombs
  • mortars & similar items, such as M-80s
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Permissible Fireworks

Permissible fireworks in Steamboat Springs are non-explosive and are not intended to leave the ground. Specifically, these are small firework devices that produce audible or visual effects through combustion,  such as:

  • fountains
  • ground spinners
  • illuminating torches
  • dipped sticks and sparklers
  • toy propellants
  • trick noise makers  that crackle or whistle (but don't explode), and
  • tube devices

Fireworks Sensitivity

Some individuals have sensitivity to fireworks, especially the loud noises that accompany them. The following provides links to information to help people cope with fireworks, such as veterans with PTSD,  individuals with Autism or anxiety around fireworks in general.   

PETS

With loud noises, like fireworks, the shelter receives several stray animals. To help your pet get through these events or to quickly be reunited, the Routt County Humane Society suggests the following:

  • Take your pet for long walk during the morning/early afternoon. It helps them get exercise, tires them out and they take care of business. That evening, they can remain indoors where it’s calm and quite.
  • It’s best to leave you pet at home, especially during loud, crowded events like the parades or fireworks.
  • DO NOT leave pets in vehicles or unattended in town.
  • Never use fireworks around your pets
  • Ensure your pet is wearing an identification collar with current contact details. Many pets also get a microchip as an added step.
  • Report Animal Issues
    • An animal complaint or animal emergency, contact Steamboat Springs Animal Control at 970.879.1144.
    • For a lost or missing animal, call the Routt County Humane Society Animal Shelter at 970.879.7247 with a description of your pet, their name and your contact information.

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