Celebrate July 4th with fireworks, chalk art, live music, a children’s bike parade and much more!
Join The City of Boise in celebrating our nation’s birthday with a day of family fun in Boise’s beautiful Ann Morrison Park. The event culminates at 10:21 p.m. with a spectacular fireworks show. Featured attractions include:
IDAHO STATESMAN CHALK ART FESTIVAL
The public is invited to watch the chalk artists create their designs on the west side of Ann Morrison Park, near Americana Boulevard entrance to the park. Artists will create their sidewalk chalk art from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Judging takes place after 4 p.m., followed by an announcement of the award winners. Public voting for favorite artists is ongoing throughout the festival.
Chalk Land, a free area for children age 11 and younger, is designated for kids who want to draw with chalk and create their own sidewalk chalk art. The Chalk Art Festival is FREE to the public.
MOBILE RECREATION VAN KIDS’ GAMES
Boise Parks & Recreation’s Mobile Recreation staff members will coordinate free supervised drop-in activities from noon-7 p.m.. Activities change on the hour. Kids will love playing dodge ball, capture the flag, an art project, soccer games, face painting, and more!
Balloon artist Eric Floyd will delight children and adults alike with fantastical animals and other designs from 2:00-10:00 p.m. at a location in the shade near the playground.
Boise Parks & Recreation has partnered with George’s Cycles to provide multiple bicycle events throughout the day near the playground at Ann Morrison Park. A bike rodeo will be held from noon-7 p.m.
The fun begins at noon for the children’s bike decorating contest. Bikes can either be decorated in advance or festooned with decorations provided by Zurchers (while supplies last) at the park through 1:30 p.m.
Starting at 1:30 p.m., kids are invited to join Boise Police bike patrol officers on a parade through the center of the park. For the parade route, please see the map.
At 1:45 p.m., winners of best decorated, most patriotic and crowd favorite will be announced.
Adult riders will enjoy a new 4-Mile Bike Slow Roll that will begin and end in Ann Morrison Park. Displaying your patriotism through decoration during the ride is encouraged!
EDUCATION AND ART BOOTHS
Join instructors for free educational activities at the Old Timer’s Shelter next to the Greenbelt in the northeast corner of the park. Activities include dance, yoga, an overview of the fireworks show and more!
1:00-5:00 p.m. — Savannah Goode of the Fort Boise Art Center will offer a variety of creative art activities for children, including tempera paint marbled paper in a fireworks theme, model magic animal sculptures, and watercolor pencil flower still life drawing/painting
2:00-3:00 p.m. — The Lotus Tree will teach a yoga/dance/art lesson.
3:00-5:00 p.m. — Play Live Nation will teach kids about engineering with Legos in a Building Blocks session
5:00-6:00 p.m.. — Western Display Fireworks will teach you about what goes into producing the evening’s blockbuster fireworks show
SLIDE THE CITY
Slip and slide on a 1,000-foot Slide the City water slide down Americana Boulevard! This giant water slide is located at the entrance of Ann Morrison Park. The slide will be open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. This is a great way to beat the heat. Admission information is available at http://www.slidethecity.com/events/boise/.
The fireworks are expected to begin at about 10:15 p.m. This spectacular and memorable display will once again be simulcast on Today’s 6 and synced to music on 107.1 K-HITS
3D MOVIE: UNDER THE SEA
After the fireworks, sit back and relax while many people are exiting the park. Enjoy the G-rated IMAX 3D film “Under the Sea,” an underwater look at the diverse coastal regions of Southern Australia, New Guinea and the Indo-Pacific areas and the impact of global warming on the oceans. Narrated by Jim Carrey.