The Fourth of July is just around the corner, but there’s still enough time to plan a fun one-day getaway. There are fun things happening across the state, but here are a couple fun options within driving distance.
Meridian’s Independence Day Celebration
Time: 3-11 p.m.
The Meridian’s Independence Day Festival starts at 3 p.m. in Storey Park with three-legged races, hula hoop contests and other games. The festival includes an inflatable obstacle course, slide and bounce houses, according to the city’s website. Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch or patronize one of the local food vendors at the park.
Races at Meridian Speedway will begin at 6:45 p.m.
The firework show will begin at approximately 10:15 p.m. Fireworks can be seen throughout the park or up close inside the Meridian Speedway at the conclusion of the races.
Boise’s Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration
Time: 4-10:15 p.m.
The city of Boise is hosting its 12th Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration in Ann Morrison Park. Food and beer sales will begin at 4 p.m., and fireworks start at 10:15 p.m., the city’s website said.
Ann Morrison will be closed to non-permitted vehicles from sunrise to sunset on July Fourth.
Fireworks will not be allowed in Anne Morrison Park during the celebration. Participants are encouraged to bring water, sunscreen and a blanket or chair to sit on.
Melba’s “Olde Tyme” Fourth of July Celebration
Time: 7 a.m. to dusk
Driving time from Meridian: 35 minutes
Melba’s annual “Olde Tyme” Fourth of July Celebration is known for its popular firework show. The day’s events start at 7 a.m. with a fun run, followed by an arts and crafts fair at 9 a.m. and parade at 10:30 a.m. Participants can also enjoy the fried chicken lunch, antique tractor pull or horseshoe pitching. The firework show begins at dusk.
Independence Day in Garden Valley
Time: 9 a.m. to dusk
Distance from Meridian: 1 hour 10 minutes
The Garden Valley Independence Day celebration starts with a flag raising ceremony at Weilmunster Park in downtown Crouch, a parade at 6 p.m. and fireworks in the park at dusk.
There will be a soapbox derby, children’s bike rodeo and a duck race.
Thunder Mountain Days in Cascade Fourth of July celebration
Time: 8 a.m. to dusk
Driving time from Meridian: 1 hour 45 minutes
While Lake Cascade is generally known as a great place to go boating, fishing, swimming or camping, it is also a good place to watch fireworks explode across the sky.
Cascade’s celebration starts with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. followed by a parade, barbecue lunch, games, vendors and live music.
The celebration ends with a firework show over the lake beginning at dusk, the city’s website said.
Lakeside Liberty Fest in McCall
Time: 10 a.m. to dusk
Distance from Meridian: 2 hours 30 minutes
The drive to McCall might seem daunting, but it is worth it to see the fireworks over Payette Lake.
McCall’s Independence Day celebration starts with a volleyball tournament at 10 a.m. and morning yoga at 10:30 a.m. in Legacy Park. Throughout the day there will be food vendors and retail booths and live music. The firework show starts at dusk over Payette Lake, the city’s website said.
‘World famous porcupine races,’ parade and fireworks in Council
Time: 11 a.m. to dusk
Distance from Meridian: About 2 hours
Council will once again hold one of the more unique ways to celebrate Independence Day — with porcupine races. “We encourage people the catch the porcupines the night before,” said Lyle Sall, publisher of the Adams County Record and porcupine race organizer. Sall said there are rules for humanely handling the prickly critters: they must have food, water and shade, and when race time comes, their handlers mustn’t touch them, but cheering them in the right direction is perfectly fine. “That’s the hilarious part,” Sall said. “A porcupine is hard to steer.”
The parade begins at 11 a.m. and includes all porcupine race entries. The parade begins at the bypass and ends at the high school football field, where the races are held. The porcupine races are noon to about 2:30 p.m.
Fireworks, also at the football field, end the day’s festivities. And don’t worry — all the porcupines are safely returned to where they were found, before sundown, so as not to overly disturb their circadian rhythm.