Fourth of July guide: Fireworks, parades, pancakes, more

The City of Boise’s Fireworks will go off from Ann Morrison Park during Fourth of July festivities on Monday, July 4.
The City of Boise’s Fireworks will go off from Ann Morrison Park during Fourth of July festivities on Monday, July 4. Idaho Statesman file


▪  Start your Fourth off with the Gem State Kiwanis Club’s 52nd annual Pancake Breakfast. Club members will serve about 1,000 breakfasts from 7 to 11 a.m. in Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd. You’ll find patriotic music from the Treasure Valley Community Band. $8 general, $5 for kids, $7 seniors and $25 for a family, free for active military and their families. Proceeds benefit the Kiwanis’ scholarship fund.

▪  The “We the People Liberty Parade” will go on as scheduled this year, despite some earlier financial struggles. The veterans’ organization Mission43 came to the rescue. With the theme of “Industry and Service,” the parade will head through Downtown Boise starting at 11 a.m. The route runs from 10th and Jefferson streets, west to 4th Street, then back on Bannock to 10th Street. World War II veteran Johnny Compton will be one of the parade marshals. BoiseParade.blogspot.com.

▪  Head to Ann Morrison Park for Boise’s huge firework display that begins at 10:15 p.m. Arrive early and set up your picnic, or check out the fleet of food trucks and vendors starting at 5 p.m. You’ll find beverages for sale, but no beer or wine will be sold. Parks.CityOfBoise.org/4thOfJuly. (Note that the Chalk Art Festival, musical performances and children’s activities are not happening this year.)


The Independence Day festivities in Meridian will be at Storey Park, 205 E. Franklin Road. The fun starts at 3 p.m. with inflatables, food vendors and performances by the Zack Quintana Trio, Soul Patch and Simple Ruckus in the picnic shelter. The Stinker Store Firecracker 50 drag races will rev up at nearby Meridian Speedway, 335 S. Main St., at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 general, $10 seniors and active military, $6.50 for kids 7 and older at the gate, $36 for a family pass. Free for 6 and younger. Then stick around for the fireworks display. (Note: There will be no Safe and Sane Fireworks area.) Find more information at MeridianCity.org/IndependenceDay.


Caldwell’s Independence Day Parade and Celebration will kick off at 9 a.m. with a parade through downtown from Memorial Park, 618 Irving St., and back. Stick around for kids’ zones, a dunk tank, food vendors, wet zone, classic car show, pie-eating contest and more. JessAnn & The Lightning River Band will play at 11 a.m. Entertainment goes until 3 p.m. Then, the fireworks go off at dusk at Brother’s Park, 4099 S. Indiana Ave. CityOfCaldwell.com/July4th.

Dana Oland