Forgive us for being skeptical earlier this week. We had our reasons.
That reason was pretty simple. Alive After Five and the Father's Day Car Show were canceled back in February. We took that as a sign that we shouldn't get our hopes up that there would be any big summer events in Boise, so we're pleasantly surprised with Mayor McLean's announcement that the Ann Morrison Park fireworks display this Fourth of July after all! Fireworks will start at 10:15 p.m. on Sunday, July 4.
The City of Boise is still exercising caution, so there won't be any food or drink vendors this year. You are, however, permitted to bring your own picnic to enjoy at Ann Morrison Park. Just remember to leave the glass containers and bottles at home. If you're having an adult beverage, you need to keep it 250 feet from the greenbelt.
We don't know when the official start date of Boise River Float season is yet, but the only year in recent history that it hasn't begun before or on Fourth of July weekend was the year of the Snowpocalypse floods. That's why we're giving you a heads up that if you DO plan on floating the river on the Fourth of July, you won't be able to park your car in Ann Morrison Park. It will be closed to non-permitted vehicles from sunrise to sunset on the 4th of July. You'll need to take the shuttle back to Barber Park!
As for the parade? The We the People Liberty Day Parade committee has not yet made an official statement about the 2021 parade.