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Ka-boom! City of Boise fireworks show to return after COVID absence

The City of Boise will bring back its annual Independence Day fireworks display to Ann Morrison Park this summer. Boise Mayor Lauren McLean made the announcement Wednesday.

The city hosted the display and related events for 13 straight years, before canceling it in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Summer fireworks displays in the park date back to 1990 with the Idaho Centennial celebration, through to the Boise River Festival, and finally the city-sponsored display each Fourth of July.

“We will have fireworks on the Fourth of July,” Boise Mayor Lauren McLean said. “We shelved those fireworks a year ago. We hoped we’d have them this year, and with the progress we made with COVID, we are confident we can do them safely.”

Crews traditionally start lighting off aerial shells at 10:15pm on Sunday, July 4th in the park. The display is viewable for a wide variety of locations around the Boise area.

The city will not have food and beverage vendors this year. The park will be closed to cars, and spectators can bring in their own food or drinks. The city said it will ask groups to practice distance.

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Boise events start to return

It’s one of a smattering of events starting to return to Boise this summer. Though the Downtown Boise Association decided to cancel the long-running Alive After Five concert series, a new Jump, Jam & Jive event will start at JUMP next month. The Capital City Public Market said it intends to return to Downtown Boise later this summer after starting in Garden City.

Event organizers tell BoiseDev the annual Twilight Criterium event should return to Downtown Boise, and The Treefort Music Festival says it will return this September.

The city also resumed accepting applications for special events that use city resources. The Bogus Marathon and Music on the Water events are pending review by the city’s special events team.

Don Day - BoiseDev editor
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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