After nearly 20 years, the family organizing the annual 4th of July Parade in Boise has called it quits. In an open letter dated June 8, the “We the People 4th of July Celebration Committee” stated they are unable to continue organizing the parade.
Specifically, the letter states, “’We the People 4th of July Celebration Committee’ has been primarily a family operation. Family members grow up, get married, start their families, and need to pursue the personal and family dreams that are in their hearts. It is exciting to see these developments in their lives. The challenging times and restrictions of the last year have added to the difficulties of staging this parade beyond our current capacity.”
Some residents of Boise are questioning why the decision to quit was made with less than a month before the national holiday. “If we were given more notice, someone else could have picked up the mantle,” said a Boisean who gave his name as David. Other residents have expressed disappointment that Mayor McLean didn’t move to make alternative arrangements.
The Committee is listed with the Secretary of State’s office as a non-profit corporation. The open letter states that in keeping with the organization’s by-laws, all remaining assets will be distributed to worthy community service organizations.
The family’s decision to stop organizing the 4th of July parade opens the door for another organization to take the reins for 2022.
Residents wishing to attend an Independence Day parade in the Treasure Valley in 2021 will need to celebrate a day early and go to Caldwell. The City of Caldwell is hosting an Independence Day parade on Saturday, July 3, at 9:00 AM at Memorial Park.
Fireworks Reinstated for Boise’s Ann Morrison Park
After a year with no fireworks due to the state’s 2020 lockdown issued by Governor Brad Little, Boise has announced that fireworks will once again be launched at Ann Morrison Park for 2021.
A few key factors to note:
- No motor vehicles will be allowed in Ann Morrison Park on July 4th. Visitors to the park should plan to walk or ride their bicycles.
- The city is not allowing food or drink vendors at the park this year. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own food and drink. No glass bottles or glass containers are allowed.
- Alcoholic beverages are not allowed within 250 feet of the Boise River Greenbelt.
- The city asks that all drones, pets, and fireworks/sparklers be left at home.
Fireworks at Ann Morrison Park start at 10:15 pm.
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