The fourth of July is just around the corner and if you haven’t come up with a plan to celebrate Independence Day, don’t worry, you’ve still got time to figure it out. Here’s a look at some of the celebrations happening around the state to help inspire your plans. Have a happy and safe 4th of July!


Check out the creativity of local artists while wandering through a Chalk Art Festival in Boise. The festival runs from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. near the Americana Boulevard entrance to the park. The Chalk Art Festival is free to the public.  Around 10:15 p.m., enjoy a spectacular fireworks display in the park. If you can’t make it out, you can watch the fireworks on Today’s 6. For more information on the schedule of events and parking for this event, click here.


Photo Credit: City of Caldwell.

Bring the whole family and enjoy 4th of July events all day in Caldwell. Beginning at 9 a.m. watch the Patriotic Parachuter kick off the 4th of July Parade. Over the course of the day, enjoy a car show, bouncy houses for the kids, live music and even an apple pie eating contest. Watch the fireworks display at dusk in Brother’s Park (near Caldwell High School).


Spend the holiday at the Melba “Olde Tyme” 4th of July Celebration. The fun begins at 7 a.m. with a fun run followed by a parade at 10:30 a.m., a car show, a friend chicken lunch, antique tractor pull, live music and fireworks at dusk.


fireworks over a lake
Fireworks over Lake Payette. Photo Credit: John Poimiroo

Enjoy a family-friendly celebration on the shores of Payette Lake. Beginning at 11 a.m., check out live music, kids’ activities, arts and crafts, and delicious food and beverage offerings at locations around downtown McCall. After a full day of fun, pick your perfect seat on the shoreline to watch the fireworks over Payette Lake. Those fireworks begin at dusk.


Join in on all the Independence Day fun in Crouch. The day starts off with a pancake feed, followed by games for the kids in the local park, a river raft race, and an evening parade. Wrap up your night with an incredible fireworks display.


Kick your 4th of July celebration up a notch with Hailey’s Days of The Old West Celebration. The fun starts on Friday, July 1st with an antique market and the fun only gets better as the weekend goes on! On the 4th, enjoy a pancake breakfast, Children’s Carnival, parade, river festival and rodeo. The fireworks show begins at dusk for all to enjoy.

Coeur d’Alene

Spend your day on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene enjoying all the offerings of Coeur d’Alene’s Hometown 4th of July. The day kicks off with a parade, followed by a festival with food and craft vendors and live music. As the sunsets, enjoy fireworks over Lake Coeur d’Alene.


Kick off your festivities with Independence Parades in Sandpoint. A children’s parade will get things going at 9 a.m. followed by the Grand Parade at 10 a.m. After the parades, visitors can enjoy games and live music at City Beach. Fireworks will take place at dusk over Lake Pend Oreille.

Lava Hot Springs

Photo Credit: Idaho Tourism.
Photo Credit: Idaho Tourism.

Pull a seat up and enjoy a fireworks show in Lava Hot Springs. You’ll be able to see the show from just about anywhere, but the park next to the Lava Hot Springs Olympic Pool Complex is where all the action will take place. The show starts at 9 p.m. and will wrap up around 11 p.m.

Teton Balloon Festival

Celebrate the 4th in a different way at the Teton Valley Balloon Rally in Driggs. The festivities begin on July, 1st and last through the weekend. Grab the family and enjoy the balloon glow with kid’s activities and live music on the first night of the event. On the 4th,  head over to Victor to check out the July 4th Parade that gets under way at 10:30 a.m.

Feature Image provided by John Poimiroo

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Andrea Rayburn

Published on June 30, 2016