BOISE, Idaho — The Fourth of July has now come and gone, but people will likely continue the celebration into the weekend.
One Treasure Valley family tell us all the food, fireworks and summer fun hold an extra meaning for them this year. Gearing up for the festivities, a pair of refugee cousins and their families celebrated a peaceful holiday on a blanket in Ann Morrison Park.
For Boise resident Salma Hamad, this year marked her first Fourth of July as a United States citizen.
"I feel like it's more welcome for us, for us yeah, because yeah, we are from Sudan, the Sudanese people right now they're suffering from war," said Salma.
She says the United Nations brought her here five years ago and she brings her family to Ann Morrison every week for a picnic. She enjoys the park for its sense of safety, peace and quiet.