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5 1/2 Things About the 4th of July

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Let me describe the perfect day to you. Friends, family, hot weather, hot dogs, sparklers, and a cool soda in hand. Sounds about right. Well, we’ve rounded up some events from around the whole state so you can pick and choose the best places to celebrate the 4th of July.

1) Of course, fireworks!

The big fireworks celebration is at 10:15 p.m. at Ann Morrison park. Make sure to find a spot at the park (or up above the city) early to get a great view. There’s also other fireworks displays going off around the valley — and beyond — in Meridian, Caldwell, McCall, Coeur d’Alene, and more.

2) BBQ and food

What else is the 4th of July known for? Yeah, killer eats too. If you decide to check out either of the Boise or Meridian celebrations, they’ll have food trucks and vendors on site. Food served up fresh and you don’t even have to make it yourself.

3) Parades galore!

We love a good 4th of July parade. I mean, who doesn’t? While there might not be a parade happening in Boise, you can still check some spectacular ones out across the state. The Spirit of America parade is happening in Coeur d’Alene, Days of the Old West Parade in Sun Valley, and the Passion for Patriotism parade in Caldwell.

4) A music festival — for FREE

You heard right. Brundage resort, in McCall, is hosting a free music festival from 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on July 4. So, if you’re thinking about a road trip over the holiday weekend, this might be a fun one to check out.

5) There’s even going to be a game night

If you just want to stay local, Boise July nights are always wonderful in themselves. Grab a bite to eat, walk around the streets of downtown, enjoy the warm breeze, and maybe even stop by a local trivia night if you’re feeling adventurous.

5 1/2 ) Celebrate a (late) Idaho statehood day too

We officially became a state on July 3, 1890. I know! Neat, right? So, while celebrating Independence Day, give a little cheer for Idaho too.

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