Celebrate July 4th with fireworks, chalk art, kids' bike parade and more!
The city of Boise and media sponsors Idaho Statesman, 6 on Your Side, and 107.1 K-HITS are proud to present the 9th annual Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration on Saturday, July 4, in Ann Morrison Park.
FUN, GAMES & FIREWORKS TOO!
Celebrate our nation’s birthday with music & entertainment, a chalk art festival, children’s bike rodeo and parade, and a day of family fun in Boise’s beautiful Ann Morrison Park.
The event culminates at 10:15 p.m. with a spectacular fireworks show produced by Western Display Fireworks.
IDAHO STATESMAN CHALK ART FESTIVAL
Idaho Statesman Chalk Art Festival is a celebration of art on July 4 in Ann Morrison Park. The festival highlights featured local artists who donate their time to create wonderful works of art at the festival. Chalk Land is a separate and free area for children 11 and younger who want to draw with chalk and create their own sidewalk chalk art.
Participants will be creating their sidewalk chalk art from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 4. The public is invited to watch the chalk artists create their designs. The public is encouraged to vote for their favorite chalkart drawings from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the festival. Judging takes place after 4 p.m., followed by an announcement of the award winners.
MOBILE RECREATION VAN KIDS' GAMES
Hey kids, get ready to play! Boise Parks & Recreation’s Mobile Recreation staff members will coordinate free supervised drop-in activities from noon-7 p.m.. Activities change on the hour. Your kids will love playing dodge ball, capture the flag, an art project, soccer games, face painting, and more!
Balloon artist Eric Floyd will delight children and adults alike with fantastical animals and other designs from 2:00-10:00 p.m. at a location in the shade near the playground.
EDUCATION AND ART BOOTHS
Join our instructors for some free educational activities at the Old Timer’s Shelter next to the Greenbelt in the northeast corner of the park. Activities include dance, yoga, an overview of the fireworks show and more!
1-5 p.m. -- Savannah Goode of the Fort Boise Art Center will offer a variety of creative art activities for children, including tempra paint marbled paper in a fireworks theme, model magic animal sculptures, and watercolor pencil flower still life drawing/painting
2-3 p.m. -- The Lotus Tree will teach a yoga/dance/art lesson
3-5 p.m. -- Play Live Nation will teach kids about engineering with Legos in a Building Blocks session
5-6 p.m.-- Western Display Fireworks will teach you about what goes into producing the evening's blockbuster fireworks show
Boise Parks & Recreation has partnered with George’s Cycles to provide multiple bicycle events throughout the day near the playground at Ann Morrison Park. A bike rodeo will be held from noon-7 p.m.
The fun begins at noon for the children's bike decorating contest. Bikes can either be decorated in advance or festooned with decorations provided by Zurchers (while supplies last) at the park through 1:30 p.m.
Starting at 1:30 p.m., kids are invited to join Boise Police bike patrol officers on a parade through the center of the park.
At 1:45 p.m., winners of best decorated, most patriotic and crowd favorite will be announced.
Adult riders will enjoy a new 4-Mile Bike Slow Roll that will begin and end in Ann Morrison Park. Displaying your patriotism through decoration during the ride is encouraged!
Derrick Boles of Stand Up America will emcee a day of great live entertainment from noon-4 p.m. and 6:30-10 p.m. with breaks for load-in, load-out of the acts.
|12:00-12:30 p.m. -- Danza Azteca Quetzalcoatl
Danza Azteca Quetzalcoatl is a local group that showcases their Aztec heritage through dance, movement and drums.
|12:45-1:30 p.m. -- Galen Louis
A Boise-based singer-songwriter, Louis' repertoire of music include many of his original tunes as well as an eclectic collection of folk, pop, oldies and standards. His mellow delivery has made him a regular at local establishments throughout the Treasure Valley.
|2:00-4:00 p.m. -- Raketooth
Raketooth is a local five-piece alternative country/rock band that comprises the very best parts of Big Blue Johnson, The Flavors, Border Crossing and Mudd Pye. Raketooth has a unique vocal-based sound that includes plenty of covers and originals -- something for everyone. Band members are: Barry Carlman (former drummer for Eddie Money)--drums/percussion; Kevin Jensen--bass/vocals; Frank Dugger--lead guitar/vocals; Greg Breidinger--guitar/vocals; Steve Brown--acoustic guitar/vocals
|6:30-8:00 p.m. -- Possum Livin'
Possum Livin is a Boise-based string band that brings you high energy tunes. They keep the music and their lives simple. Possum Livin'smusicians come from all over the US (and Canada...) and serve up specials ranging from bluegrass and old timey traditionals to raging punk rock. A hoedown’s just a moshpit in overalls! Lace up your boots and get ready for some dancing!
|8:30-10:00 p.m. -- Patrick Dansereau
Densereau is a soft rock/folk artist whose music has been greatly inspired by his French Canadian ancestry and time spent in Quebec. He is currently recording demos at his home-recording studio (available for free online at http://patrickdansereau.bandcamp.com/). His music has been influenced by artists such as Jack Johnson, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Iron and Wine. Band members are Patrick Dansereau – guitar; Jeff Poole – drums; Mike Stamper – bass; Brian Palmer – electric guitar
SLIDE THE CITY
Slip and slide on a 1,000-foot Slide the City water slide down Americana Boulevard! This giant water slide is located at the entrance of Ann Morrison Park. The slide will be open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. This is a great way to beat the heat. Admission information is available at http://www.slidethecity.com/events/boise/.
Enjoy a cold beverage and some delicious food from noon-10:30 p.m. in the park. Food booths include Rice Works, Mustard's, Mosaic Crepe Co., Pronto Pups, Sweet Classics, B's Lemonade, Summer Salads, Idaho Pizza, Basilio's Tacos, Tiki's Shave Ice, Delsa's Ice Cream, and Eve's Espresso. The End Zone beer garden will be in the park during the event. Signs will be posted defining areas where alcohol is not allowed.
The fireworks are expected to begin at about 10:15 p.m. This spectacular and memorable display will once again be simulcast on Today's 6 and synced to music on 107.1 K-HITS.
3D MOVE: UNDER THE SEA
After the fireworks, sit back and relax while many people are exiting the park. Enjoy the G-rated IMAX 3D film "Under the Sea," an underwater look at the diverse coastal regions of Southern Australia, New Guinea and the Indo-Pacific areas and the impact of global warming on the oceans. Narrated by Jim Carrey.
Parents are encouraged to obtain a free wrist band for their children. The wrist bands are available from volunteer event workers, security and at the information tent. The band will include parents' cell phone numbers. Each year, children are separated from their parents during this large event There will be a children’s safe house near the BSU fire truck. Parents are encouraged to locate the fire truck and be sure their children understand if they get lost to go to the truck where event staff can contact their parent via the number on the wrist band.
We need your help to make this family-oriented event a success! Volunteers are needed for a variety of positions, from helping kids in the arts and crafts booth to assisting with public safety. Sign up to be a part of this spectacular annual event at http://parks.cityofboise.org/volunteers/.
Ann Morrison Park will be closed to all vehicle traffic except for those with disability placards. Downtown parking garages will be open and free to the public for parking all day on the 4th of July. Note that the Capitol Terrace Parking Garage will be closed July 2-5.
See the map for available parking at Boise State University. Kathryn Albertson Park will be closed to all vehicle traffic/parking.
MAP and UPDATES
Event Map: City of Boise Event map
For maps and updated information, please see: http://parks.cityofboise.org/reserve-a-park-facility/4th-of-july/.
Americana Boulevard will be closed from 4 a.m. July 4th until approximately 2 a.m. July 5th from Shoreline/Americana to Latah/Americana. Barricades will be in place around the Crescent Rim neighborhood.
Crescent Rim will be signed as “No Parking” July 2-6. The following streets will be barricaded: Kipling/Owyhee, Owyhee/Morris Hill, Crescent Rim/Morris Hill, Crescent Rim/Latah, Crescent Rim/W. Kipling, Crescent Rim/S. Peasley and at the roundabout near the Boise Depot. Crescent Rim will be closed to all traffic on July 4th (except for residents and their guests with passes)
TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL EVENT
If you plan to visit the park to view the fireworks, please come prepared and be mindful of the following:
- No fireworks or sparklers are allowed in the park. Attendees with fireworks are subject to a citation.
- Please leave pets at home.
- Consider bringing the following items: water, sunscreen, bug spray, flashlight and a blanket or chair to sit on.
- No glass bottles or containers are allowed in the park.
- Please use the recycle receptacles in the park for cans, plastic bottles and plastic cups.
- Alcoholic beverages are illegal within 250 feet of the Boise River.
- Smoking is prohibited except in a designated area in the southwest corner of the park near the duck pond.
- The Disk Golf Course will be closed July 3rd and 4th in Ann Morrison Park.
The organizers and sponsors thank you in advance for your cooperation!
For more information, please contact Boise Parks & Recreation at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (208) 608-7600.