Boise’s Ann Morrison Park, 1000 Americana Blvd., becomes party central on Independence Day. It starts with the Idaho Statesman’s Chalk Art Festival from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with professional and community artists creating chalk murals on the park’s sidewalks. (The winners will be announced at 5 p.m.) Kids 11 and younger can draw for free in Chalk Land from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Music and entertainment stages, bicycle events, hands-on children’s activities and other events kick in at noon as part of Boise City’s 4th of July Celebration. You’ll also find food trucks, vendors, beer and wine in the central part of the park. Don’t forget to cool off from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Slide the City, a 1,000-foot inflatable water slide that will go down Americana Boulevard ($30-$65 for day-of registration at SlidetheCity.com/events/boise). And, of course, a fireworks extravaganza will fill the sky at 10:21 p.m. You can also watch it simulcast on Channel 6; the music is synced to 107.1 FM K-HITS. Come early, stay late.
Skip the exiting traffic jam and stay for “Under the Sea IMAX.” The movie will be shown on an inflatable big screen (Rated G).
Note: The Capitol Terrace Parking Garage is closed. Find free parking at the Eastman, Grove Street, Boulevard, City Centre and Myrtle Street garages, Boise State’s Brady Garage and the Morrison Center parking lot.
OTHER BOISE EVENTS
• TheGem State Kiwanis Club annual Pancake Breakfast
will go from 7 to 11 a.m. in Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd. You’ll find food galore, patriotic music from the Boise Community Band, face-painting and clowns. $8 general, $5 for kids, $7 seniors and $25 for a family. Free for active military and their families.
• The“We the People Liberty Parade”
will head through Downtown Boise at 11 a.m. from 10th and Jefferson streets, west to 4th Street, then back on Bannock to 10th Street. This year’s theme is “Everything Idaho” to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Idaho statehood.
WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND THE VALLEY
• Caldwell’sIndependence Day Parade and Celebration
“It’s a Grand Old Flag” will kick off at 10 a.m. with a parade from downtown to Memorial Park, 618 Irving St. Stick around for kids zones, a dunk tank, food vendors, a classic car show and music. Fireworks go off at dusk.
• TheIndependence Day festivities
in Meridian will center around Storey Park, 205 E. Franklin Road, with inflatables, food and music starting at 3 p.m. You’ll hear Zack Quintana Trio, Soul Patch and Simple Ruckus. You can shoot off your own “safe and sane” fireworks in the adjacent Chamber of Commerce parking lot starting at 9:30 p.m. before the city’s fireworks show at 10:15 p.m. atMeridian Speedway
, 335 S. Main St. Also at the speedway, check out the Firecracker 50 races starting at 6:30 p.m. (Gates open at 4 p.m.)
Find information about Fourth of July celebrations in Melba, Hailey, Atlanta and other Idaho communities in 10 Days Out.