The day of barbecues, fireworks, burn kits and above-average levels of patriotism is near, and if your Fourth of July plans consist of little more than cranking up Toby Keith and buying a flag or flag-design six pack of Budweiser, check out these happenings around the Treasure Valley.
Boise's annual Fourth of July Liberty Day Parade will kick off at 11 a.m. sharp. Departing from 10th and Jefferson streets, it will wind through downtown and end at 11th and Idaho streets. Get there early to claim your spot on the sidewalk and feel free to bring your water-launching devices. Visit boiseparade.blogspot.com for more info.
We'd be remiss not to mention the big ol' party in Ann Morrison Park, where throngs of people tote in chairs, blankets and tons of grub every year. Food vendors will be in the park if you don't want to grill up your own dinner, children's activities will take place from 1-7 p.m., and Desirae Bronson and Pilot Error will perform at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively.
The fireworks display begins at approximately 10:15 p.m. and will be broadcast on KIVI Channel 6, for those not wanting to duke it out over blanket space in the park. The show will be set to music broadcast on 107.1 FM K-HITS.
A chalk art display will precede the explosions in the sky and feature artists Ed Anderson, Karen Bubb, Fred Choate, Geoff Everts, Lauren Kistner and Marcus Pierce. Children ages 12 and older may participate for $10. Pre-registration is required at idahostatesman.com/chalkart.
While the Ann Morrison party is pretty huge, Meridian isn't to be outdone by its neighboring city. The Meridian Parks and Recreation Department and the Meridian Speedway have partnered up to provide an entire day of patriotic activities, including lots of kids' activities and music in Storey Park, featuring the Dakota Mad Band, Big Wow and Social Fallout. Races start at the Speedway at 6:30 p.m., and then fireworks start at approximately 10:15 p.m. Visit meridiancity.org/independenceday for more info.
Boise's boys of summer will take the field at Hawks' Memorial Stadium at 7:35 p.m. against the Tri City Dust Devils. The game will be followed by the "biggest fireworks show of the season." Visit milb.com for tickets.
If you'd rather fill your belly with pancakes than ballpark hot dogs, start your Independence Day off at Julia Davis Park, where the Gem State Kiwanis Club will host its 49th annual Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast from 7-11 a.m. near the band shell. Music, face painting and plenty of flap jacks will fill the park. Cost is $5 adults, $4 children and FREE for active-duty military members and their families.