Though many will have the day off, the Fourth of July is no time to be lazy. Activities and festivals happen all over the Treasure Valley--morning, noon and night.
The Gem State Kiwanis 48th Annual Pancake Breakfast will be held at Julia Davis Park near the Gene Harris Band Shell from 7-11 a.m. A heap of flapjacks costs $5 for adults, $4 for kids and is FREE for active-duty military and their families. Clowns will join the crowds and there will be face painting for last-minute flourishes.
The annual Liberty Day Parade will circle through downtown Boise starting at 11 a.m., running along 11th, Jefferson, Fifth and Idaho streets. You can tote along your super-soakers and water balloons but parade patrons are reminded: "Don't spray unless sprayed upon." For more info, visit libertydayparade.com.
The First United Methodist Church Cathedral of the Rockies, will host the Organ Fireworks! Concert at 7:30 p.m., featuring organist Richard Elliott from Salt Lake City. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for kids and available at idahotickets.com or at the door. For more info, visit cathedraloftherockies.org.
Ann Morrison Park will have its annual fireworks display beginning about 10:15 p.m. The Mystics, Boise Community Band and Pilot Error will perform before the show.
The Boise Hawks will play the all-American game against the Yakima Bears at Memorial Stadium, starting at 7:35 p.m. A fireworks show will follow.
For a good, old-fashioned time, head up to Idaho City, which kicks off its Fourth of July festivities with a parade at noon and activities in John Brogan Park, including a hot dog roast, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, games, races and contests. Fireworks will be shot off at dusk.
Meridian Parks and Recreation will hold its Independence Day Festival at Storey Park near Meridian Speedway. An endless list of activities for kids and adults begins at 3 p.m. Races start at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks start at 10:15 p.m. For more info, visit meridiancity.org/independenceday.
The City of Caldwell's We the People Celebration begins with a parade through the city at 10 a.m., followed by fireworks at dusk at Simplot Stadium. For more info, visit cityofcaldwell.com.