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Jun 29, 2020

Fun 4th of July Ideas in Boise

City fireworks may be canceled but that doesn’t mean the 4th of July is. Falling on a Saturday, there are so many ways to turn the 4th of July into a fun weekend event.

Here are some ways to celebrate the 4th of July this year.

Make it a neighborly celebration:

Gatherings of 50 or less are allowed. Get with neighbors and collaborate on some fun ideas. Make it a potluck, stop by any nearby firework stand, or possibly put a projector up and screen a movie for everyone to enjoy. This is not only a great way to socialize at a distance but to get to know neighbors.

Camping:

Boise has so many campsites, whether you are looking for reserving a spot or just winging it, here are some campgrounds or areas to think about. Camping is a great way to continue social distance while exploring Idaho and all of its beauty.

  • Lucky Peak
  • Hells Canyon
  • Anderson Reservoir

Check out some more camping locations within 3 hours of Boise here:

Camping Locations

BBQ and Chill:

There are tons of local parks around town that can be reserved for the 4th of July. Make it a day of grilling and yard games by reserving a spot. Ann Morrison Park, Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park, and other local parks are all available for reservation in Boise. Meridian Parks include Heroes Park, Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park, and many more. All parks can be reserved in time blocks. Fees range depending on which park you would like to reserve a spot at. However, there are some parks that are on a first-come-first-served basis. Call your Boise of Meridian Parks and Recreation for more information.

Note: not all areas offer a grill, when making a reservation specify if one is needed or if there are any other amenities you are looking to enjoy, like a nearby volleyball court. If you would also like to drink, a beer and wine permit is required, the fee is $10 for Boise and included in Meridian Park reservations. Make sure to mention you will need a permit during the reservation process.

Ways to reserve a spot at your local Boise Park:

Call: (208) 608-7600

Email: reserve@cityofboise.org

Stop by: 1104 Royal Blvd, Boise, ID

Ways to reserve a spot at your local Meridian Park:

Call: (208) 888- 3579

Email: recreation@meridiancity.org

Stop by: 33 E. Broadway Ave, Meridian, ID

Picnic:

A free way to enjoy any of the local parks is to grab a bike and head down and pick a spot by the greenbelt. There are numerous hidden spots along the greenbelt to enjoy, make it a day to explore the Boise greenbelt. Pack some games, a lunch (or order from any local restaurant) and a blanket and you are good to go!

Do an at-home firework show. Here is a list of Firework Stands:

Fat City Fireworks:

  • Boise: Corner of Cloverdale and Ustick at Big Tobacco Connection
  • Meridian: Corner of Main and Franklin across from the speedway behind Maverick
  • Nampa: Corner of Southside and Greenhurst

Website: Fat City Fireworks Locations

TNT Fireworks:

Boise:

  • 10700 Ustick Rd.
  • 1520 N. Cole Rd.
  • 897 S. Cole Rd.
  • 10355 Fairview
  • 405 N. Milwaukee
  • 1290 N. Five Mile Rd.
  • Five Mile & Overland Rd.
  • 10751 W. Overland Rd.

Meridian:

  • 4051 E. Fairview Ave.
  • 1274 E. Overland Rd.

Website: TNT Fireworks Locations

Firework Shows Going on in the Valley:

Brother's Park in Caldwell

Keeping the community safe from a distance, Caldwell has decided to continue their annual 4th of July Fireworks show beginning at dusk. If you choose to attend the show at Brother's Park, families are strongly encouraged to social distance, wear masks, and practice good hygiene. 

Location: 4099 S. Indiana Ave, Caldwell, Idaho

 

List of food places serving up some traditional 4th of July menus and Independence Day specials:

  • Dickey’s BBQ
  • St. Lawrence GridIron
  • Goodwood BBQ
  • Donut + Dogs
  • Boise Fry Company
  • Tupelo Honey
  • Smoky Mountain Pizza
  • Mister BBQ
  • 4thof July Grill Kit from KIN Boise

List of Togo and/or delivery beers and cocktails:

  • Barbarian Brewing
  • The Handlebar
  • The Mode
  • Lost Grove Brewing
  • Hops and Bottles
  • Western Collective Brewing
  • Bardenay
  • The Fork
  • Gas Lantern Drinking Company
  • Water Bear Bar

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