July 4 is next week - and we've got you covered no matter how you're planning to spend it.
A day in the park? Join the celebration in Ann Morrison Park. Volunteer. Participate in the Statesman's Chalk Art Festival. Fireworks are at 10:15 p.m. More information: idahostatesman.com/fireworks.
A backyard BBQ? Wednesday's Life section includes tips for cooking out, drinks to cool you down, and a few gourmet additions to spice up the holiday.
A hike in the mountains? Check out Thursday's Idaho Outdoors for trip ideas, including some high-country trails that are open early.
Fireworks at home? There is a ban on fireworks in unincorporated Ada County.