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Guide to Independence Day celebrations

Guide to Independence Day celebrations

by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on June 28, 2011 at 7:52 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 9:31 AM

Do you have plans for the 4th of July yet? If not, it's not too late to make plans. Kelly Kluksdal at the Idaho Department of Tourism sent me these great ideas to share with all of you! (Thanks Kelly!)


Some are near, some are a car trip away. With gas prices going down, you may want to take a road trip this weekend. Pack up the kids, and go on a new Idaho adventure! 

The Fourth of July is a busy day in Boise, beginning with the Gem State Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast. At 11:00 a.m. the We The People Liberty Day Parade moves through downtown. The Chalk Art Festival is in full swing at Ann Morrison Park. A dazzling fireworks display starts around 10:15 p.m in Ann Morrison Park.

The Meridian Freedom Festival 2011 begins Friday, July 1 at Storey Park and runs all the way through Sunday, July 3. Enjoy local bands and entertainment, kids activities, a BBQ contest, french fry eating contest and more. There will be a fireworks show both on Friday, Saturday, and on Monday, the 4th of July. The event is free to the public. The festival is also accepting school supply donations for area schools.

The McCall Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Fourth of July celebration beginning at noon and ending with fireworks over Payette Lake at dusk. All events take place in downtown McCall and include a kids corral, the mechanical bull open, a dunk tank and live music on the main stage.

A full day of fun starts at 9:00 a.m. in Hailey with a children’s carnival and a mock shootout by the Jack Shootout Gang. At high noon, the parade rolls down Main Street followed by the July Criterium Bike Race and an Ice Cream Social. The Fourth of July Rodeo begins at 7:30pm with a grand fireworks finale ending the day. For more information call (208) 788-3484.

Sagebrush Days runs July 2nd through the 4th in Buhl, ID. July 4th features a parade, fire hose competition and rodeo.  Food, crafts, music, and children's activities will be available from noon till dusk, when the fireworks steal the show.

Pocatello hosts the "Greatest Show in Idaho" celebration and fireworks at the Bannock County Fairgrounds. During the celebration, participants will be entertained with live music, local food favorites, games and activities and the largest fireworks show in Idaho. For more information call (208) 237-1340.

The Fourth of July Celebration in Sandpoint begins with a parade downtown in the morning at 10:00 a.m. followed by stage performances and a raffle at City Beach in the afternoon. The festivities close with a fireworks show at dusk at the Sandpoint City Beach.

Idaho Falls
In Idaho Falls, the Fourth of July kicks off with what is touted as Idaho's largest parade.  With over 100 floats displaying patriotic themes, the Independence Day Parade showcases the city’s best artistic talent. The AT&T Liberty Festival on the Falls bridges the gap between the parade in the morning and the fireworks display in the evening. Children’s games, arts and crafts, live music, food and fun contests fill the day with fireworks closing this citywide celebration.

Coeur d Alene
This day of festivities starts with the Sterling Savings American Heroes Parade at 11:00 a.m. on Sherman Ave. Spend the afternoon at City Park with activities, live music, food vendors and games. Don’t miss the spectacular fireworks display launched from the lake. With miles of lakeside viewing, there’s not a bad seat in the house!

Join in the celebration of Lewiston’s Sesquicentennial (150 years) Commemoration at Pioneer Park.  This free, fun-filled family event offers a children's parade of wheels, local food vendors, square dancing demonstrations, local musicians, a time period photo booth, dunk tank, pie contest, wagon rides and more. The festivities run from noon to 4:00 p.m. on July 4th. This event is FREE! 

A parade will begin on July 4th, 6 p.m. at the Sawtooth Hotel.  A fireworks display will begin after 9 p.m.

HAPPY 4th of JULY!