Boise officials have decided to move the city's 4th of July celebration to Expo Idaho.
The decision comes in the wake of significant flooding of sections of Ann Morrison Park, which has hosted the annual fireworks show for the past ten years. A section of the park, used in previous years as a staging area for the fireworks, remains under water due to this spring's near-record setting flood levels.
“We appreciate Ada County and Garden City working with the city to ensure this year’s event quickly found a new home at Expo Idaho," said Boise Mayor Dave Bieter in Tuesday's official announcement. "We invite everyone to come out and enjoy an amazing free show, and thank those sponsors who help make it happen year after year.”
On Tuesday, July 4, the gates of Expo Idaho will open at 6 p.m. in anticipation of the nighttime fireworks show. Organizers ask attendees to pay special attention to these rules:
- No personal fireworks or sparklers are allowed
- Consider bringing the following items: water, sunscreen, bug spray, flashlight and a blanket or chair to sit on
- No pets allowed
- No coolers or backpacks
- To help ensure a safe event, handbags will be searched
- No re-entry allowed
- Tailgating will not be permitted
- Smoking is prohibited, except in designated areas
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"Right now, we're struggling with a decision because where we traditionally set off the fireworks is still underwater," said Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan. "We're looking for an alternative."
Sections of the Greenbelt and Ann Morrison are closed to visitors due to record-setting flood levels on the Boise River. While water levels have started dropping—as of this morning, the river at Glenwood Bridge inched below flood stage—time is running out to decide where or if a Fourth of July fireworks show can be held.
"I can't tell you where we're looking just yet. I can tell you we're examining three or four possible locations as an alternative for the fireworks," said Doan. "But we're going to need to make a decision pretty soon."