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BOISE -- The Fourth of July celebrations started long before the fireworks at Boise's Ann Morrison Park.

Hundreds gathered at the park to enjoy food trucks, the fountain, music, and art. They also got there early to stake out spots for the fireworks show.

Some people took part in one of American's favorite pastimes, eating.

I like to go to the baseball game and eat a hot dog. It's not so much the baseball as the hot dog, said one man.

Despite the hot temperatures, people also really enjoyed the chalk art.

It's pretty hot, but I come from Louisiana where it can get hot and humid, so this is mild, it's dry, said one woman. And so what I like about it, because I like art is going around to watch, and to observe all the people working on their art projects

Many kids decided to beat the heat by taking a splash in the fountain, some of them even dragged their parents in, too. The whole day was filled with families spending quality time together.

My dad served in Vietnam, so I just think about him and the solider, and they fought for our freedom, and it's fun to get out with family and have a good time, said a young woman who was visiting from Washington.

Some traveled from outside the country to be in Boise.

Boise is good for my family, my kids, everybody, everybody is happy every year, said a man who moved to the U.S. from Mexico about 10 years ago.

We came here to be a family, freedom with our family, my friend from Vietnam, from Mexico, everybody, because we love America, said a man who came from Mexico City for the holiday.

This marks the eighth year that fireworks have been set off at Ann Morrison Park.

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