Celebrate the 4th of July in Idaho with These Cheap Things to Do

June 21, 2018 | By Louis Tully

With July 4th on the horizon, it’s time to start putting together your celebration plans. If you’re looking for fun and affordable ways to get in on this year’s July 4th festivities, here’s a quick list of just some of the fun Independence Day celebrations taking place throughout Idaho.

Places to Visit this 4th of July


Get an early start on Independence Day with the Gem Skate Kiwanis Annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast. It’s held at Julia Davis Park in Boise starting at 7:00 AM. Afterward, swing on by the We the People Parade starting at 11:00 AM. Fireworks will be held at 10:15 PM at Expo Idaho.


Celebrate July 4th the right way at the Independence Day Festival at Storey Park in Meridian. The fun starts at 3:00 PM with plenty of live music, food trucks and fun activities of all sorts for kids and adults alike. Stick around for the fireworks starting just after dusk.


Caldwell really knows how to celebrate the 4th of July. The day kicks off with a parade and wraps up with fireworks, and everything else in between that Caldwell has going on, which is plenty. There will be a car show, a pie eating contest and a whole variety of fun outdoor activities for the entire family. What more could you ask for? It all starts at 9:00 AM.


Melba may be a small town, but it sure does know how to throw a 4th of July celebration! Come see for yourself at the Melba “Olde Tyme” 4th of July Celebration this year.

The fun starts at 7:00 AM. Enjoy games, a parade, arts and crafts, a car show, great food and more. After the sun goes down, the fun really begins with a magical fireworks display complete with stadium seating to top off the day’s events.


If the wild west is what tickles your fancy, you’ll want to check out Hailey’s famous Days of the Old West Celebration. It begins July 1st and runs through the 4th.

On the day of the 4th, come see the Days of the Old West Parade on Main Street starting at noon. Afterward, the city is hosting its 3rd Annual Draper Preserve River Fest at 1:30 PM. Expect live music, good food, craft vendors, and carnival rides. Cap off the night with an evening rodeo followed by a firework show at dusk.


As far as Stanly residents are concerned, the party doesn’t start until you get there. Literally, the starting time actually says, “when you get in town.”

Celebrate the 4th of July with a relaxing day fishing, boating or even swimming. Later that day, head over to Pioneer Park no later than 5:30 PM for the parade. There will also be live music, dancing in the streets and of course, fireworks!


McCall doesn’t just celebrate the 4th of July on one day - it celebrates for 10 entire days! The 10 Days of Fourth of July Fun starts on June 30th. Of course, you don’t have to celebrate for all 10 days, but you’re more than welcome to try!

There will be a ton of games and activities including multiple parades, volleyball, art fairs, street dancing, and yes, a grand finale fireworks show over Payette Lake to end things on a high note.


Rupert doesn’t mess around when it comes to its 4th of July celebrations. The city will be hosting its annual multi-day “United We Stand Festival”. It’s a 5-day celebration with everything you can imagine from wild west shootouts to lawnmower races. There will also be live music, food and plenty of fireworks.

Coeur d’Alene

If you ever needed an excuse to come to northern Idaho, now’s your chance. Coeur d’Alene has the largest 4th of July Festival in the entire region. It kicks off with the American Heroes Parade on Sherman Avenue, then moves to Coeur d’Alene City Park where live music, great food and a whole lot of fun awaits you! At the end of the night, be sure to stick around for one of Idaho’s largest fireworks shows over Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Don't Sweat Your Finances this 4th of July

If recent financial hurdles have you doing “title loan near me” web searches, consider sticking to a budget for this years 4th of July fun. Any of the above-mentioned events are either free or very affordable.