Caldwell

Caldwell hosts its 4th of July Celebration beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Park. There is no admission to parade or park activities; $1 admission for fireworks in Simplot Stadium for ages 12 and older, 50 cents 11 and under.

Melba

Olde Tyme 4th of July celebrates Independence Day with a bang. Once again the city plans to host one of the largest 4th of July events in the Treasure Valley. The festivities begin early and go late and promise excitement and endless fun for everyone.

The Melba Quick Response Fun Run kicks off the celebration at 7:45 a.m., followed by the Craft Fair and food concessions starting at 9.

The 2009 Olde Tyme parade pays tribute to veterans with the theme "Honoring Our American Heroes." Veterans will be honored as co-grand marshals and ride in the parade where they can be thanked. It steps off at 10:30 a.m. Those still interested in participating with a float, hot rod, decorated bike or horse should show up at the corner of Southside and Base Line between 9:30-10 a.m. There is no fee to be in the parade.

After the parade the Faireway of Games opens. The event also features live entertainment all day and an antique tractor pull at 11 a.m. Kids won't want to miss the ever-popular afternoon Chicken Run.

A spectacular fireworks display caps off the celebration at dusk. For a complete schedule of events go to www.melba4thofjuly.com

Marsing

The 4th of July events begin tonight with the Lions Club barbecue, Doodlebug race and fireworks at dusk. On the 4th, see the parade and show of classic cars, as well as another BBQ.

Middleton

"The Spirit of Middleton Goes Fourth" is a fun-filled family celebration of Independence Day, sponsored by the Middleton Chamber of Commerce. The day begins with a fireman's breakfast from 6:30-11 a.m., the popular and rapidly growing car show and this year's 4th of July parade. Car show registration begins at 10 a.m. at the Middleton Fine Arts parking lot. The fee is $10. Millcreek Elementary School is the staging area and starting point for the parade. This year, thanks to the local fire department, a wet zone will be designated for those wishing to cool off. The parade steps off at noon.

Other activities include a wide assortment of vendors, the Canyon County Sheriff K-9 demonstration, entertainment, a horseshoe tournament in the City Park, and bingo at the Trolley Station. The First Baptist Church will host a live trout fish tank and bounce houses for the kids. Kids can fish and take home their catch.

The day-long celebration culminates with a sensational evening fireworks display at dusk. www.middletonchamber.org

Greenleaf

Let Freedom Ring 4th of July opens with the Buckaroo breakfast, 7-9 a.m.; parade,10; a patriotic program, 11; craft booths, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; activities, 1 p.m. Grand marshals are Gary and Dianna, Christy, Melissa, Matt and Mike Brown.

Wilder

The Wilder Chamber of Commerce sponsors the community's "Land of the Free, Home of the Brave" 4th of July event featuring a 100-plus unit parade beginning at noon, an afternoon of kiddie rides, live music, food and raffles in the Wilder City Park, and the evening's dazzling fireworks show that families can view from the park. The parade steps off from the corner of Chula Vista and Hwy. 95 at noon.  There are prizes for the top float is several categories and for equestrian entries. They'll also be antique cars, patriotic decorated bikes, horsedrawn wagons and law enforcement from Wilder and neighboring communities. The Howling Coyotes band provides live musical entertainment during the afternoon.

From 1-5 p.m. kids can search of coins in the sand pit, play games and ride rides. Raffles to benefit the fireworks fund also will be held throughout the day.

The fireworks display begins at dusk and can be viewed from the parking lot of Wilder City Park. All the activities are free. www.CityofWilder.org

Notus

Notus Community Center is the site for the annual 4th of July event. Activities include a flag raising, 7:45 a.m.; breakfast, 8 to 9:45 a.m. ($6 adults; $3 children; $20 families); parade, 10 a.m.; and car show.

Homedale

Demolition Derby is at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Owyhee County Fairgrounds. After the derby, see fireworks and a concert by Straight Away. Tickets at Owyhee Auto Supply in Homedale or Marsing. www.homedalelionsclub.com

Boise

The City of Boise presents the 2009 Fourth of July Fireworks Show in Ann Morrison Park at approximately 10:15 p.m. The event is free to the public and will be simulcast on Today's Channel 6 and 107.1 K-Hits.

In addition, the Boise Parks and Recreation Department hosts a special program the same day in honor of the 50 year anniversary of the park. Children's activities are open to the public and from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The Boise Municipal Band performs from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and a ceremony follows at 6:30 p.m.

Ann Morrison Park will be closed to vehicle traffic on July 4 with a few exceptions.

Free parking will be available at Boise State University at the Towers parking lot and parking structure #1 at Brady and University. There's free downtown parking all day.

The "We the People" Liberty Day Parade in downtown Boise steps off at 11 a.m. This year's fly-over is set for 10 a.m. and spectators are encouraged to arrive early. The fly-over includes two HUEY's and two Apache helicopters. The Capital City Farmer's Market will be open on 8th Street on the morning.

The theme of this year's parade is "Land of the Free, Home of the Brave!"

Garden City

*; ALS-TDI and Major League Baseball have joined to make July 4 ALS Awareness Day in memory and celebration of the 70th anniversary of Lou Gehrig's farewell speech at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939. Join the Hawks for some baseball, great food and fireworks, and show your support to those who are suffering from ALS and their families.

The Hawks' 4th of July ball game is always a sellout event with post-game fireworks that light up the Boise skies from Memorial Stadium on Glenwood. For $25 each attendee receives a ticket behind home plate or on the third base line (shaded) for the Hawks vs. Eugene Emeralds game at 7:35 p.m. and an exclusive all-you-can-eat pregame picnic in the area known as the Hawks' nest. The first 300 supporters to show up receive a free T-shirt. The pregame picnic begins at 6 p.m. Packets not picked up before July 2 will be at stadium will call.

*; The 7th annual Northwest Motorfest is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Expo Idaho; Saturday night Capital City Cruise, 7-9:30 p.m., downtown Boise. Special recession busting $5 admission, 7 and older; under 7 free with an adult

Idaho City

Take the short, scenic drive up Highway 21 to enjoy Idaho City's Old Fashion 4th of July Fun Family Day celebration. The event takes place at John Brogan Park, the Visitor Center and the streets of Idaho City beginning with a noon parade followed by food, family games and activities until 4 p.m.

Retired Supreme Court Justice Byron Johnson will read the Declaration of Independence following the parade.

The day-long celebration concludes with a dazzling fireworks show at  dark (10 p.m.).

Other events

Nampa

The Summer Slide Idaho Center, an American Quarter Horse Association approved event, will be held July 3-5 at the Idaho Center Horse Park. The event will test horses' abilities in different classes. All American Quarter horse owners and anyone who has a passion for horses are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Scott D Wagner, 442-3335.

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