Celebrate the Fourth of July with drag racing, a chicken roundup and fireworks

Enjoy this year’s Boise Fourth of July Fireworks at Expo Idaho. The city moved the show from Ann Morrison Park because of the Boise River’s high water levels.
Enjoy this year’s Boise Fourth of July Fireworks at Expo Idaho. The city moved the show from Ann Morrison Park because of the Boise River’s high water levels. Idaho Statesman file


▪  Start your holiday morning with the 55th annual Gem State Kiwanis Fourth of July pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. in Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., next to the Gene Harris Bandshell. The Boise Community Band will play patriotic music from 9 to 11 a.m. It’s $8 general, $7 seniors, $5 children 13 and younger, $25 for a family, and free for active duty military and their family, at the gate or in advance at 331-1456. Proceeds go toward the Gem State Kiwanis’ service projects.

▪  This year’s annual “We the People Liberty Parade” is themed “The Good in America.” Event spokesperson Natalie Boston said the theme came from the parade committee’s desire to focus on the positive aspects of American culture. At 11 a.m. more than 40 groups will march through Downtown Boise. The route runs from 10th and Jefferson streets, east to 4th Street, then back on Bannock to 10th Street. Libertydayparade.com

▪  Boise’s Fourth of July Fireworks celebration won’t be at Ann Morrison Park this year because of the Boise River’s high water levels. Instead, the show will go on over at Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St. Gates open at 6 p.m. The fireworks start shooting off at 10:15 p.m. and will be simulcast on K-Hits, 107.1 FM. Food, beer and wine will be available on site. Coolers and handbags are allowed but will be searched. No outside alcohol. No pets. Free admission. ExpoIdaho.com and Parks.CityofBoise.org/4thofJuly.


▪  The Independence Day Festival in Meridian kicks off with music from Bread & Circus at 3 p.m. in Storey Park, 205 E. Franklin Road. Performances from Great Bait and Simple Ruckus will follow. Enjoy a range of family activities from three-legged races to slide and bounce houses. Bring your own picnic or buy food there.

▪  The annual Stinker Store Firecracker 50 drag races start at 6:30 at the Meridian Speedway, 335 S. Main St. Tickets are $13 adult, $10.50 seniors and active military, $6.50 for kids ages 7-11, $36 for a family pass. Free for 6 and younger. Stay after the races to watch the fireworks at dusk from inside the speedway for one of the best views. MeridianCitySpecialEvents.org/independence-day


Caldwell’s Independence Day Parade and Celebration kicks off with a parade at 9 a.m. The route will head down Kimball Street, turn onto Dearborn Street and make its way back on Everett Street. With the theme of “America’s Future Heroes Lie Within,” the parade’s marshals will be children dressed as their heroes from Superman to doctors. Then head to Memorial Park, 618 Irving St., at 10 a.m. for the pie-eating contest, most patriotic bike contest and other family activities. Check out the classic car show and music from JessAnn & The Lightning River Band until 3 p.m. Then, the fireworks go off at dusk at Brother’s Park, 4099 S. Indiana Ave. CityOfCaldwell.com.


Celebrate a “Hometown Fourth of July” in the city of Star. The festivities kick off at 7 a.m. with a fun run leaving from Star Elementary, 700 N. Star Road, followed by a parade down State Street between West Seneca Springs and Star Road at 10 a.m., and a burger and hot dog lunch ($5) and bake sale at LifeSpring Church, 174 N. Star Road, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Then the action moves to Hunter’s Creek Sports Park, 1500 N. Star Road, with kid/family activities from 3 to 6 p.m., the Hometown Talent Show at 6:30 p.m., the concert by classic rock ‘n’ rollers The Fabulous Chancellors at 8 p.m. and a fireworks display at 10:15 p.m. You can bring a picnic, or check out the food trucks. (No alcohol is allowed in the park.)


The Melba “Olde Tyme” 4th of July Celebration starts with a fun run at 6 a.m. and is followed by a parade, arts and crafts fair, car show, antique tractor pull, horseshoes, rock climbing wall, dunk tank and a chicken roundup. The parade themed “Land of the Free: Because of the Brave” winds through town starting at 10:30 a.m. There are three grand marshals: 95-year-old WWII veteran Gene Rutan, Army veteran Dick Bass and Korean War veteran Lee Cook. Entertainment starts at noon. Head to Melba High School stadium, 6870 Stokes Ave., for fireworks at dusk. Find the full schedule at MelbaOldeTyme4thofJuly.com


▪  Hailey’s Days of the Old West family fun celebration starts with a pancake breakfast at the Wood River Grange Hall, 609 S. 3rd Ave. Stop in at the annual antique fairs at Roberta McKercher Park and on Main Street. Then the “Red, White and Blue We Celebrate You” parade heads down Main Street at noon, and the Sawtooth Rangers Rodeo starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Hailey Rodeo Grounds. Fireworks go off at dusk over the city. Find the whole schedule at HaileyIdaho.com

▪  The third annual Wood River Land Trust RiverFest goes from 1 to 5 p.m. at Lions Park and Draper Wood River Preserve. Activities include a kids carnival, casting clinic and rock painting. Music is by Up A Creek and Rebecca Scott Band. Food and beer available for purchase.