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Elk-calling contests. Fried chicken. And of course, fireworks. Your July 4 guide in SW Idaho

Come Independence Day, nearly every Idaho town or city across the state will be bustling with crowds enjoying barbecues, warm weather and, of course, fireworks.

Between all the events and celebrations, it wouldn't be inconceivable to be overwhelmed by the number of options for annual patriotic revelry. As such, we've compiled a list of some of the most notable Fourth of July celebrations across the Treasure Valley.

Boise’s Fourth of July Celebration

Boise’s Fourth of July celebration begins with the 55th Annual Gem State Kiwanis Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. The event will take place next to the Gene Harris Bandshell in Julia Davis Park.

Prices are: $8 for general admission, $7 for seniors, $5 for children (13 and younger) and $25 for families. Lastly, the event is free for those on active duty and their families. Admission can be paid for at the door or in advance at 208-331-1456.

After that, the Liberty Day Parade will begin at 11 a.m. at the corner of 10th Street and Jefferson Street. This year’s theme is “Embrace Independence. Live Local.” Information about entry into the parade can be found at

After extensive flooding last year, the 2018 Fireworks Celebration in Boise will return to Ann Morrison Park. Vehicle parking within the park itself will be closed to non-permitted vehicles. Events start at 4 p.m., and fireworks will begin at about 10:15 p.m.

Melba “Old Tyme” Fourth of July Celebration

Melba’s popular Fourth of July fireworks show will start at dusk after a day of activities beginning with a 7 a.m. Fun Run. Melba’s Fourth of July parade will start at 10:30 a.m. followed by a day of activities such as a car show, a fried chicken lunch at 11:30 p.m. and horseshoe pitching at 1 p.m.

Parking for the fireworks show can be found surrounding the park or along Kuna Mora Road. Traffic before and after the show is heavy, so be sure to find your spot early.

Crouch's July 4th Celebration

After some recent changes in the city’s policy regarding personal fireworks, Fourth of July in Crouch will look a little different this year. After a week-long Independence Day celebration in nearby Garden Valley, Fourth of July will begin with an 8 a.m. pancake breakfast at the Garden Valley Senior Center.

Festivities then continue with activities such as an elk calling competition at 3 p.m., ducks races at 4 p.m. and a designated time for personal fireworks at 7 p.m. at the Garden Valley Rodeo.

After that, a professional fireworks show will begin at Weilmunster Park.

Meridian Independence Day Celebration

Meridian’s day of Fourth of July festivities will begin at 3 p.m. at Storey Park. Family activities such as hula hoop contests and three-legged races will be available to the public, as well as several different food vendors. The celebration will also feature performances by Zack Quintana & Friends and Simple Ruckus, both Boise-based bands.

At 6:15 p.m., Meridian Speedway will host races and to top it off, a fireworks display will begin at about 10:15 p.m.

Star Hometown Celebration

Fourth of July celebrations in Star will begin with a Fun Run at 8 a.m., where participants are invited to wear their most patriotic gear. Then, a parade starts at 10 a.m. on W State Street in front of El Mariachi Loco and ends at the corner of Star Road and Third Street.

After the parade, festivities pick back up with a luncheon at LifeSpring Church and an evening talent show. Lastly, Star’s fireworks display will begin at 10:15 p.m. at the Hunter’s Creek Sports Complex. The west parking lot will be closed to vehicle traffic.

Brandon Rasmussen: 208-377-6486, @brandonrasmus1