America is about to hit the big 2-3-7 and there are plenty of rapturous celebrations going on across the valley to mark the occasion.
It's going to be a long day of flag waving and cheering, so fuel up at the annual Gem State Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, where the bacon will sizzle in Boise's Julia Davis Park from 7-11 a.m., Thursday, July 4. Tickets cost $6 for adults and $5 for children, but active military personnel and their families eat for free.
If your Fourth isn't complete without an old-fashioned parade, pick out a spot in downtown Boise for the We The People parade. Floats hit the streets at 11 a.m., and this year's theme—Keep the Wagon Wheels of Liberty Rolling: 150 Years of Idaho Pioneers—commemorates the city's sesquicentennial.
Lay out blankets to enjoy the flashing lights and booming explosions of the Boise Fourth of July celebration fireworks display at Ann Morrison Park. Fuses are lit at 10:15 p.m., filling the Boise skyline with kaleidoscopic bursts of chroma. The brightly colored combustibles are coordinated with patriotic tunes on 107.1 FM for Boise's largest annual fireworks display.
Of course, you don't have to be in Boise to enjoy some community celebration. Meridian will host its own party at Storey Park beginning at 3 p.m., with kids activities and live music. A large-scale fireworks display at Meridian Speedway begins around dusk, following an evening of racing. For those who want some DIY fireworks, head to the Meridian Chamber of Commerce parking lot. The public can set off their own "safe and sane" displays in an area where accidental fires are less of a threat (no aerial fireworks).
Hawks Memorial Stadium will get in on the action with its own display following another all-American event—a baseball game, with the first pitch thrown at 7:35 p.m..