BOISE, Idaho — If you've been gearing up to celebrate the 4th of July, you're not alone!
Fireworks stands across the valley are reporting good sales so far this year. The big sellers Wednesday were snakes, tanks and anything that can be set off during the daylight. Operators are expecting a big rush on fountains as the sun starts to set.
Don't forget! In Idaho, any sort of aerial firework is against the law--including roman candles, mortars and bottle rockets. Investigators are expecting another busy night as they crack down on illegal 4th of July celebrations. Fire officials say illegal fireworks are the most dangerous and encourage anyone who sees them to call police.
One of the biggest concerns is increasingly dry conditions from the Treasure Valley to the mountains. Even a small spark can run the risk of starting a potentially catastrophic wildfire, so please be extremely careful with fire and fireworks. Be careful where you park and how you discard cigarette, and whether you're grilling at home or on a campfire, everyone must take proper precautions.
Besides the potential for loss of life and property, anyone starting a fire can be held liable for the cost of fighting it--a thousand dollars or more per hour. If you see the start of a wildfire, call 911.
Many people in the Treasure Valley are planning to leave the fireworks to the professionals. The City of Boise is throwing the valley's biggest fireworks extravaganza. Crews assembled the boxes Wednesday morning that will hold the shells.
They're set up near the clock tower at Ann Morrison Park, which you should avoid or you could get hurt or arrested.
The festivities kick off around 6:00 p.m. Thursday, but the park will begin filling up much earlier. The main fireworks show will begin at 10:15 p.m.
While you're enjoying the celebrations, remember that your pets do not. They can be startled by the loud noise, so the Idaho Humane Society recommends making sure they have a collar and an easily readable ID tag, or even better, a microchip.
Do not take your pets to any fireworks shows.
Thousands are expected to line the streets of downtown Boise tomorrow morning to watch the "We the People" Liberty Day Parade. The 2019 theme is "Keeping the flame of freedom." Organizers want to focus on the positive aspects of American culture. Like any 4th of July parade, you can expect floats and bands, and of course lots of fun for the crowds.
The parade starts at 10th and Jefferson streets, will go down 4th, turn onto Bannock, and will head back west.
The parade starts at 11:00 a.m.
Before you head to the parade, head to Julia Davis Park and have a stack of flapjacks.
The Gem State Kiwanis Club is holding their annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast starting at 7:00 a.m. The money raised will go toward youth activities.