July 4, 2018: What to Know 

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    Barbecues, baseball, fireworks, picnics, parades, you name it; they're all a part of today's festivities across the region, as the nation celebrates its 242nd birthday.

  • The celebration kicked off rather early in Boise today as the Gem State Kiwanis hosted its 4th of July Pancake Breakfast in Julia Davis Park.

  • The 2018 Liberty Day Parade stepped off at 11 a.m. today in downtown Boise, with a theme of "Embrace Independence: Live Local." Retired U.S Marine Corps Master Sergeant Jay Ortega was the grand marshal.

  • Parades are also being held in Caldwell, Glenns Ferry, McCall, Melba and Star, and the Hailey Days of the Old West will see some of the Wood River Valley's finest horsemen and women strut their stuff in a Main Street parade.

  • Meridian's Independence Day Family Celebration includes bounce houses, three-legged races, hula hoop contests and an inflatable obstacle course in Storey Park. Meridian Speedway will also host an evening of races beginning this evening at 6:30 p.m.

  • The City of McCall has again decided to ban alcohol from its lakefront parks on the 4th of July. This is the third straight year that McCall is forbidding booze in Art Roberts, Brown, Legacy and Rotary parks. Alcohol is also restricted from North Beach on the far side of Payette Lake.

  • The Downtown Boise Association will host a rare holiday edition of Alive After Five this afternoon in the Grove Plaza with special musical guest Lounge on Fire.

  • The Boise Hawks are back in town. The boys of summer will host the Eugene Emeralds tonight at Memorial Stadium, with a fireworks show scheduled at the end of game.

  • The all-ABBA celebration better known as Mamma Mia! is expected to pack the Idaho Shakespeare Festival's amphitheater tonight, The show, which just opened last weekend, is already the hottest ticket in town.
  • Boise's 12th annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration will light up the night sky over Ann Morrison Park tonight. Festivities in the park get underway at 4 p.m., and the park will be closed to vehicles throughout the day. Outside food and drinks are permitted in the park (no glass bottles though), plus there will be food and drink vendors set up for the celebration. The big fireworks spectacular should begin around 10:15 p.m. with music synced to a soundtrack to be broadcast by 107.1 K-HITS.
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