From pyrotechnics to parades, chalk art to baseball, there is something for everyone this July Fourth. Nearly every community in the Treasure Valley and beyond will light up and party.
Fuel up for your day with a pancake breakfast served by the Gem State Kiwanis Club from 7 to 11 a.m. in Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd. You'll find big band patriotic music on the Gene Harris Bandshell, face-painting and lots of food. It costs $6 general, $5 for 8 and younger and 65 and older. Free for active military personnel and their families.
The fourth annual Idaho Statesman Chalk Art Festival is sure to draw a crowd again this year to watch dozens of amateur and professional artists create beautiful chalk murals on the sidewalks of Ann Morrison Park, 1000 Americana Blvd., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Awards will be announced at 5:30 p.m.
The We the People Liberty Day parade will wind through Downtown Boise starting at 11 a.m. This year's theme is in honor of the city's sesquicentennial: "Keep the Wagon Wheels of Liberty Rolling: 150 Years of Idaho Pioneers."
Kick off the celebration at Ann Morrison Park with onstage entertainment.
3 p.m.: Edmond Dantes mixes Motown and synth sounds.
4:30 p.m.: Hear Soul Serene's blend of reggae, rock and pop.
6 p.m.: Pilot Error plays rock from the '70s, '80s and '90s to now.
8 p.m.: Part of the Country Music Association's list of "Who New to Watch in 2013," singer Dave Russell takes the stage until the fireworks start.
10:15 p.m.: The choreographed fireworks go off at dusk on the east side of the Ann Morrison Park fountain. The glittering spectacle presented by the City of Boise, Idaho Statesman and Journal Broadcast Group will be shown live on KIVI Channel 6 and simulcast on 107.1 FM K-Hits.
For parking and other information, visit IdahoStatesman.com/fireworks.
AROUND THE TREASURE VALLEY
Ring in the Fourth with hot dogs, baseball and fireworks at Memorial Stadium as the Boise Hawks take on the Tri-City Dust Devils at 7:35 p.m. followed by a fireworks spectacular.
Caldwell will celebrate the Fourth with the "Proud to be an American" parade at 10 a.m., which honors first responders and features Gov. Butch Otter and Lori Otter. Then head to Memorial Park for the "Pathway of Fallen Heroes" (honoring Idahoans who've died in combat since Sept. 11), a farmers market, show 'n' shine, inflatables, wet zone, live music and more from noon to 4 p.m. Fireworks go off at dusk at Simplot Stadium, 2200 Blaine St.
The Meridian Independence Day Festival features inflatables, climbing wall, bands, food and more in Storey Park, 215 E. Franklin Road, starting at 3 p.m. Shoot off your own safe-and-sane fireworks at 9:30 p.m. in the Chamber of Commerce parking lot. City fireworks go off at 10:15 p.m. Or, head to the Firecracker 50 and Fireworks Spectacular at the Meridian Speedway, 335 S. Main St., at 6:30 p.m. $12 general, $9.50 for seniors and military, $8 for ages 7-11, free for 6 and younger. Family pass: $36 for two adults and up to four kids ages 7-11.
Find more celebrations in Garden Valley, Sun Valley, Hailey, Melba and more in 10 Days Out, PAGE 26.