You can get an early start to your celebrations with some pancakes at the Gem State Kiwanis pancake breakfast at Julia Davis Park in Boise. You can fill up for just $8, $7 for seniors and $5 for kids under 13 years old. The Boise Community Band will play patriotic music at 9 o'clock, and you have until 11 a.m. to grab some food. Proceeds will go toward the Gem State Kiwanis' service projects.
After pancakes you can walk over to the 2017 Liberty Day parade in downtown Boise. This year's theme is "The Good in America". Starting at 11 Tuesday morning more than 40 different groups will march from 10th and Jefferson, east to 4th street, then back on Bannock to 10th street. You'll want to get there early for a good spot.
The finishing touches are being put in place for the big firework show at Expo Idaho tonight. The show was forced to move from Ann Morrison because of soggy ground. The fireworks will be synced to music on K-HITS 107.1. Doors open at 6 p.m. The event itself is free but there are some rules. No tailgating, no pets, no coolers, no back-packs, no personal fireworks of any kind and handbags will be checked. The fireworks should start around 10:15 tonight.
In Melba a Treasure Valley 4th of July tradition kicked off early Tuesday morning. The Melba "Olde Tyme" 4th of July celebration started with a fun run at 6 a.m. The "Land of the free because of the brave" parade starts at 10:30 this morning. The rest of the festivities including an arts and crafts fair, car show and antique tractor pull will get underway at noon. You won't want to miss their fireworks show at dusk.
You can celebrate a "Hometown Fourth of July" in Star today. Festivities there will kick off with a fun run leaving from Star Elementary. That will be followed by a parade at 10 a.m. Then you can stop by LifeSpring church for a hot dog and hot dog or stop by the bake sale for some sweets, that runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The action will move to Hunter's Creek Sports Park for a hometown talent show, a concert and the fireworks display later tonight.
Caldwell's Independence Day parade and celebration will get an early start this morning. The parade will run down Kimball Street onto Dearborn and make it's way back on Everett starting at 9 o'clock this morning. Then you can head to Memorial Park for a pie-eating contest, most patriotic bike contest and other family activities. The fireworks will go off in Brother's Park near Caldwell High School at dusk.
Meridian's Independence Day Festival will kick off at 3 p.m. in Storey Park. Activities include: three-legged races, hula hoop contests and other games for the whole family. You can take your own picnic or eat at one of the numerous food trucks. Races at the Meridian Speedway will start at 6:30 tonight and their fireworks show will round out the evening at 10:15 p.m.