Fourth of July revelers and fireworks aficionados will need to head west as the City of Boise moves its pyrotechnic spectacular to Expo Idaho in Garden City. The move was triggered by floodwaters turning Ann Morrison Park—which has been home to the annual fireworks display for 10 years—into a messy sponge.
"Where we traditionally had set off the fireworks is still underwater," Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan said one day before Boise city officials announced they had reached an agreement with Garden City officials and Ada County, owners of Expo Idaho. Doan told Boise Weekly that city staff had considered as many as three alternative sites before deciding on Expo Idaho.
"We were absolutely committed to make sure it happened. We invite everyone to come out and enjoy an amazing free show, and thank the sponsors who help make it happen year after year," said Boise Mayor Dave Bieter in a prepared statement. "We appreciate Ada County and Garden City working with the city to ensure this year's event quickly found a new home."
With the new home comes new rules. For example, while the fireworks are still expected to be ignited by around 10:15 p.m., the gates of Expo Idaho won't open on the Fourth of July until 6 p.m. Other rules include the following:
• No pets
• No backpacks
• Handbags will be searched
• No re-entry
• No tailgating
• No coolers, although Ada County officials said beer, wine and food will be sold by vendors.
The event is free to the public, and the fireworks will be synced to music broadcast by 107.1 K-Hits.