On July 4, 1776, colonists in New York were staring down 30 British battleships. On Monday, July 4, 2016—240 years later—you'll be staring down less imposing but still impressive ways to celebrate U.S. independence.
Join the Gem State Kiwanis for their annual Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast. The event runs 7-11 a.m. next to the Gene Harris Bandshell. The cost is $5-$25; active duty troops and their families get in free. Get tickets by calling 208-311-1456 or at the event.
Then head head to Ann Morrison Park where food and drink vendors will be set up by 5 p.m.—the fireworks display kicks off at 10:15 p.m. For more info, visit parks.cityofboise.org/4thofjuly.
Between breakfast and fireworks, catch local superstars Built to Spill at The Olympic for a Boise Hive benefit performance. The show starts at 7 p.m. and cover is $20. Openers include locals The Hand and Toy Zoo. Visit theduckclub.com for more info.
If you're looking for a bird's-eye view of the fireworks, head to Brady Street Garage at Boise State University for a free stargazing event 10 p.m.-midnight. Go for the explosions, stay for a viewing of Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. Bonus: July 4 marks the date when NASA's Juno Mission to explore Jupiter's interior will arrive at the planet. Go to bit.ly/BSUJupiterEvent for more.
Further from home, the city of Melba is launching its annual dawn-to-dusk Old Tyme Fourth of July celebration with tractor pulls, a parade, kids' games, food, drink and one of the best fireworks displays in the Treasure Valley. Go to melbaoldetyme4thofjuly.com for details.
Finally, there's the McCall Lakeside Liberty Fest, beginning at 11 a.m. in Legacy Park. There will be bounce houses, water slides, competitions, face painting, artists, activities, music and more. This year's Fourth of July will be decidedly more family friendly, as McCall has instituted stricter booze rules (see Page 6). Go to mccallparksandrec.com for all the particulars.