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Fourth of July Fun

Events, Nightlife, Things to Do — By njensen on June 30, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Idaho has a unique relationship with July 4th.  When Idaho’s forefathers were planning to be added to the union in 1890, they faced an interesting dilemma. You see, all states that joined the union after July 4 had their star added to the flag the following year. Idaho wanted to get its star as soon as possible, so we became a state on July 3, in order to avoid conflict with the national birthday on July 4.

While this has absolutely no impact on your holiday plans, I think it is interesting.

Most of Idaho is made up of small rural towns, and they celebrate the 4th in their own special small-town ways. If you find yourself in one of those towns on the 4th, just ask anyone what there is to do,and they’ll tell  you. You’ll find parades, fireworks, rubber duck races, pancake feeds, historical reenactments, and more.

In Boise, Idaho’s capital, the 4th is celebrated with a full day of community activities.

First thing in the morning, you’ll want to head for Julia Davis Park where the Kiwanis pancake breakfast is held from 7:00-11:00 a.m.

At 11:00, the We the People Parade careens through downtown Boise. Like most parades on this day, emphasis is on military units, clowns, silly cars, and lots of candy tossed out to children. There is also a tradition of firetrucks spraying spectators, so stand well back from the curb if you don’t want to get wet.

Over at Ann Morrison Park, games and fun go on all day for families. A Chalk Art Festival produces truly artistic creations from ordinary sidewalk chalk.

From 5:00 until 10:00 p.m. the park comes alive with live music from local bands.

Speaking of music, you won’t want to miss the special Organ Fireworks! Concert at the First United Methodist Church (Cathedral of the Rockies) at 7:30 p.m. performed by Richard Elliott, principal organist at the Mormon Tabernacle (Salt Lake City) on Idaho’s largest pipe organ. Tickets are available at http://www.idahotickets.com.

If you’d rather watch America’s national sport, then take in the Boise Hawks baseball team playing Yakima at 7:35, with a fireworks display following the game.

Fireworks at Ann Morrison Park are scheduled to begin at 10:15. There is no vehicle traffic allowed in the park, so plan to park and walk or take a shuttle. Riding bikes works well, as they are allowed in the park.

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