Friday, June 13, 2014

Celebrate July 4th with fireworks & family fun at Ann Morrison Park

Join us on Independence Day for the eighth annual Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration in Ann Morrison Park.

The fireworks display will start at approximately 10:15 p.m. in the park. The event, which is free to the public, will be simulcast on Today’s 6 – with the fireworks synced to the music on 107.1 K-HITS.

The fireworks display is made possible due to the generous support from various organizations and individuals in the community, including City of Boise, Idaho Statesman, Journal Broadcast Group, Fred Meyer, Treasure Valley Ford Stores, Tomlinson & Associates, Inc., Boise Housing Corporation, College of Western Idaho J.R. Simplot Co., Intermountain Gas, George and Bev Harad, Micron Foundation and Idaho Power’s Boise Operations Center, Idaho Tourism and the Boise Convention & Visitors Bureau.

There are lots of new family-friendly activities this year, including capture the flag and parachute games, a children’s bike decorating contest and parade, live music coordinated by the Duck Club, and much more!

Chalk Art Festival

Festivities begin with The Idaho Statesman Chalk Art Festival, which runs from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. near the fountain in the west end of the park. Watch artists create chalk drawings. Voter foryour favorite for the People's Choice Award, sponsored by Primary Health. Children are invited to draw in Calk Land from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sponsored by Big Al's. Adult artists who want to create chalk art designs, are required to pre-register at idahostatesman.com/chalkart.

Mobile Recreation Program

Get your game on! Boise Parks & Recreation’s Mobile Recreation program will coordinate free games and art activities. Join us for free supervised games at:

  • 12:00-1:00 p.m. -- Dodge Ball
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m. -- Capture the Flag
  • 2:00-2:30 p.m. -- Art Project
  • 2:30-3:00 p.m. -- Water Games
  • 3:30-4:00 p.m. -- Parachute Games
  • 4:00-4:30 p.m. -- Diffusion Tag
  • 4:30-5:00 p.m. -- Independence Ball
  • 5:00-5:30 p.m. -- Art Project
  • 5:30-6:15 p.m. -- Soccer
  • 6:15-7:00 p.m. -- Dodge Ball

Live Music

Live music will begin at 3 p.m., at the Treasure Valley Ford Stores Entertainment Stage (located near the entrance to the park off Americana). 

Musical Entertainment arranged by Duck Club Presents

  • 3:00 p.m. -- Aaron Mark Brown (roots rock, singer/songwriter)
  • 4:20 p.m. -- Lounge On Fire (rockabilly funk)
  • 6:00 p.m. -- Virgil (folk, blues, pop)
  • 7:00 p.m. -- Modern Kin (rock, pop, indie)
  • 8:30 p.m. -- Radiation City (synthy upbeat indie soul, dream pop)

Food & Beverage Vendors

There will be food and beverage vendors in the park from noon to 11 p.m. A beer garden will be set up in the park with signs indicating where alcohol is prohibited. For food and beverage vendors and the alcohol zone, see the event map.

Schedule of events:

  • 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. -- Idaho Statesman Chalk Art Festival presented by Craft Warehouse
  • 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. -- Chalk Land for kids
  • Noon–7:00 p.m. -- Kid’s activities provided by Boise Parks & Recreation’s Mobile Recreation Program
  • 12:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. -- Idaho Mining and Geological Society - teaching gold panning
  • 12:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. -- Boise Fire – Safe House and BSU Fire Truck
  • 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – Food and alcohol vendors (alcohol sales stop at 10:00 p.m.)
  • 12:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. -- Bike Corral
  • 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Children’s Bike Decorating
  • 1:45 p.m. -– Children’s Bike Parade
  • 2:15 p.m. -– Decorating Contest Winners Announced – Best Decorated, Most Patriotic and Crowd Favorite
  • 5:30 p.m. -- Idaho Statesman Chalk Art Festival awards, including Primary Health People’s Choice Award
  • 10:15 p.m. -- Fireworks
  • 10:45 p.m. Movie in the Park – "Born to be Wild" from Swank Motion Pictures
  • Videos throughout the day -- “MJ Walking” with MJ from the Idaho Steelheads

Park Closure/Parking

On July 4th, Ann Morrison Park will be closed to vehicle traffic with a few exceptions.

Limited vehicle access (short-term) will be allowed in the parking lot near the Royal Blvd. entrance for river floater pickup. The shuttle bus pick up for river floaters will have regular access to the park. Equipment rental at Barber Park will be open until 6 p.m.  The last shuttle bus pick up will depart from Ann Morrison Park at 9:00 p.m.

Parking for disabled people is provided in Ann Morrison lots off of Americana Boulevard.  Official disability license plate or placard required for access to these lots.

Vehicles parked illegally or blocking access for emergency vehicles will be towed.

Free public parking will be provided by Boise State University in the Towers surface lot and the Brady Garage (accessible from Brady Street).

Capital City Development Corporation is providing FREE parking from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. on the 4th of July in downtown Boise at the following public garages:

  • Eastman: 848 W. Main St.
  • Capitol Terrace: 770 W. Main St.
  • City Centre: 312 S. 9th St.
  • Grove Street: 234 S. 10th St.
  • Boulevard: 245 S. Capitol Blvd.
  • Myrtle Street: 789 W. Broad Street

Visit IdahoStatesman.com/fireworks for a link to maps of the parking garage locations downtown and at BSU.

Starting at 6:30 p.m. July 4, the Crescent Rim neighborhood will be restricted to those who have "neighborhood passes.  Crescent Rim will be accessible by foot/bicycle throughout the night.  Barricades will be in place at Crescent Rim/Latah, Crescent Rim/Eastover Terrace, Peasley/Alpine, Kipling/Camrose, and Morris Hill/Owyhee. 

Kathryn Albertson Park will be available for passenger pick up and drop off only.

After the Fireworks

At the conclusion of the fireworks, Americana will be closed for approximately 45 minutes to allow pedestrians to exit the park. Officers will assist pedestrians exiting the park and will also be staffing closures at Americana/Shoreline and Americana/Emerald/Latah. Officers will also be in the area of Capitol/University to assist pedestrians crossing Capitol Blvd.   

Traffic may be heavily congested as you leave Ann Morrison Park.  Please be courteous and careful as you exit.

Helpful Tips

  • If you plan to visit the park to view the fireworks, please come prepared and be mindful of the following:
  • No fireworks or sparklers are allowed in the park.
  • Please leave pets at home.
  • Consider bringing the following items: water, sunscreen, bug spray, flashlight and a blanket or chair to sit on. 
  • No glass bottles or containers are allowed in the park.
  • Please use the recycle receptacles in the park for cans, plastic bottles and plastic cups.
  • Alcoholic beverages are illegal within 250 feet of the Boise River.
  • Smoking is prohibited except in a designated area in the southwest corner of the park near the duck pond.
  • The Disk Golf Course will be closed July 3rd and 4th in Ann Morrison Park.
  • The organizers and sponsors thank you in advance for your cooperation and look forward to seeing you on the Fourth of July!

Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for a number of shifts starting as early as 6 a.m. on Friday, July 4th.  Shifts are approximately 4 hours and run through the end of the event at 11:30 p.m.

We welcome all sorts of volunteer support, ranging from friendly faces at the information and check-in booths to folks securing the fireworks perimeter to help keep everyone safe. We also need a few volunteers July 5. Volunteers must be age 18 or older.

Volunteers help make these community events a success. We hope you will consider participating – or send it on to a group who might want to help out! The volunteer sign-up link is:

https://app.volunteer2.com/Public/Organization/fc852371-1fc5-485e-a686-0426e8f89c21.

To learn more about volunteering for the event, please contact Diana Lachiondo, dlachiondo@cityofboise.org or 208-384-4406