With the sun bottoming out after 10 p.m. on summer evenings, Fourth of July fireworks displays in the Treasure Valley are not for the early birds. Luckily, there are a number of ways to get a daytime dose of red, white and blue before the late-night "oohs" and "ahs" fill the balmy air.
This year, the Boise Fourth of July Liberty Day Parade will be held on Saturday, July 3, at 10 a.m. The route begins at the corner of 10th and Bannock streets and then swings east from Bannock to Fourth Street, then south on Fourth Street to Idaho Street, west on Idaho to 12th Street and north on 12th Street back to Bannock Street. Parade organizers recommend you arrive early to snag a good spot. libertydayparade.com.
On the actual Fourth of July, make sure to stop by the annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast from 7-11 a.m. in Julia Davis Park next to the Band Shell on the west side. A meal ticket runs $5 for grownups and $4 for the lil'uns, with plenty of free clowning, music and face painting to keep all patriots entertained.
The 2010 Fourth of July fireworks show in Ann Morrison Park starts this year at approximately 10:15 p.m. Note that Ann Morrison Park will be closed to vehicle traffic all day, but the Boise State Towers parking lot and a number of downtown parking garages--Eastman Garage, Capitol Terrace Garage, City Centre Garage, Grove Street Garage, Boulevard Garage, Myrtle Street Garage, Avenue A West, Avenue A East--will provide free public parking all day. cityofboise.org.
For those outside of Boise, Meridian will host a full day of Fourth of July activities, including an obstacle course and concessions beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 4. Local bands Apple Thief, Craving Dawn and Big Wow start at 3 p.m. meridiancity.org/parks_rec.
Caldwell's Fourth of July Celebration kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 3, with a parade that begins in Caldwell Memorial Park and winds through downtown Caldwell. The city also hosts a fireworks display on Sunday, July 4, at Simplot Stadium at dusk. Entry costs $1. cityofcaldwell.com.