How We Celebrate the 4th Of July

(Throwback to 4th of July 2012!)

When we were living in California, the 4th of July was a brutally hot holiday (Palm Springs in the summer is frequently 110-120 degrees). Our typical day involved hiding out somewhere inside until the sun went down, which at that point we would venture out to watch fireworks. Our favorite way to watch was to eat a late dinner at a restaurant with a rooftop patio (and misters!) where we could watch the fireworks in relatively cool comfort. While it was a lot of fun, I have to say I love celebrating the 4th here in Boise as we make it an all day fun celebration!

We always start our day with the Liberty Day Parade downtown Boise. My favorite place to watch is near the capital building – but you must get there early to snag a shaded spot! Because we try to get there early we typically pack along a breakfast in a cooler and snack while we wait. Yes it’s extra – but I like to bring a patriotic inspired breakfast – typically homemade blueberry muffins and strawberry milk. Just a little tip – parking in the downtown garages is free on the 4th!

After the parade we typically head home to BBQ and spend the afternoon swimming or even just playing at home in the sprinklers! Because it gets dark in Boise so late in the summer and the firework show doesn’t begin until around 10:15pm, we try to squeeze in an afternoon nap or at least lay down with a movie for a bit.

Around 7:00pm we typically start packing up and heading back downtown to Ann Morrison Park for the big firework show! While they do have food trucks at the park, we like to pack our own picnic along with balls, frisbees, and glow sticks! We always pack along chairs and blankets so we can lounge and relax while we wait for the show to begin! Here is my list of essentials for 4th of July…



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