by Andrew Crisp
Boise's annual fireworks display begins after the sun sets on Wednesday, July 4, in Ann Morrison Park, with crews preparing the area this weekend.
Thousands of shells will be launched airborne for a crowd estimated to be larger than the almost 30,000 who came in 2011. The Idaho Statesman will host a huge chalk art area adjacent to a food court and stage, with Boise Police, Fire and first aid on hand.
In Twin Falls, however, the fireworks display almost didn't happen. A fund-raising campaign was required to assemble enough money to put on the show, with costs estimated at $1,000 per minute of fireworks.
The Times-News reported that the Magic Valley Citizens Fourth of July fell short of their original goal of $40,000, raising only $18,000. Twin Falls will have a 20-minute fireworks show on Independence Day.
In McCall, city officials blocked off a dock at Payette Lake, where a floating platform was filled with fireworks tubes. The Independence Day audience will assemble on the banks of the lake, while the fireworks display is launched from the water.
A whole host of Independence Day activities are planned around the valley.