Celebrate July 4th with games, chalk art, fireworks

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The Idaho Statesman and Journal Broadcast Group are proud to join the City of Boise in presenting the 2010 Fourth of July Fireworks show in Ann Morrison Park.  The fireworks display will start at approximately 10:15 p.m. The event will be free to the public and will be simulcast on Today’s Channel 6 and 107.1 K-Hits.

Festivities in Ann Morrison Park include the Idaho Statesman Chalk Art Festival, a new event in cooperation with the City of Boise, Craft Warehouse and the 4th of July Fireworks.  Artists age 12 and older are encouraged to share their artistic talents in chalk from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Pre-registration is required.  A $10 fee is payable at the event.  The event will benefit children’s programs at the Boise Art Museum.  Spectators will be able to watch featured artists Liz Wolf, Ward Hooper, Rick Thomson and Geoff Everts create chalk art drawings.

Kids under 12 can enjoy Chalk Land for free from 1-4 p.m. Boise Parks & Recreation will host free kids activities from 1-7 p.m.  There will be limited food vendors in the park.

In anticipation and celebration of the Fourth of July, organizers ask that the public be aware of the following to help ensure this is a spectacular event for all to enjoy:

Park Closure

Ann Morrison Park will be closed the Fourth of July to vehicle traffic with a few exceptions.  Limited vehicle access will be allowed through the park entrance off Americana Boulevard to pick up river floaters.  Vehicles must be attended at all times.   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 7:00 p.m. Only vehicles with special permits or handicapped parking stickers will be allowed otherwise.  Handicapped parking is provided in the Ann Morrison Duck Island Parking lot off of Americana Boulevard and in the Ann Morrison Drive parking lot off Capitol Boulevard. Vehicles parked illegally or blocking access will be towed.

There will be road closures in the Crescent Rim area as well.

Parking

Free public parking is provided by Boise State University at the Towers parking lot and Parking Structure #1 (Brady Street and University Drive).

Capital City Development Corporation is providing FREE parking all day in downtown Boise in the following public garages:

Eastman Garage – 866 W. Main St.
Capitol Terrace Garage – 770 W. Main St.
City Centre Garage – 312 S. 9th St.
Grove Street Garage – 234 S. 10th St.
Boulevard Garage – 245 S. Capitol Blvd.
Myrtle Street Garage – 789 W. Broad Street
Avenue A West – 190 E. Front St.
Avenue A East – 252 E. Front St.

Visit www.IdahoStatesman.com/fireworks or www.KIVITV.com for a link to maps of the parking garage locations and BSU parking lots.

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

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. This will be strictly enforced.

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 are allowed in the park.

Please use recycle receptacles in the park for cans, plastic bottles and plastic cups.

Alcoholic beverages are illegal within 250 feet of the Boise River.

The organizers and sponsors thank you in advance for your cooperation and look forward to seeing you on the Fourth of July!

Volunteers are needed to help in the park on July 4 and 5. Various shifts are available.  If interested, please contact Binna Jensen at 377-6475 or Sandy Anderson at 947-5404 or visit www.IdahoStatesman.com or www.KIVITV.com for more information.

The fireworks display is possible due to the generous support from various organizations and individuals in the community including City of Boise, Idaho Statesman, KIVI Today’s 6, 107.1 K-Hits, Boise Housing Corporation, Tomlinson & Associates, CHF Home Furnishings, Idaho Independent Bank, Idaho Lottery, Larry Miller Subaru and Larry Miller Honda, New Balance Boise, Shasta, URS Corporation, Vista Pawn, Northwest Nazarene University School of Business, 8th Street Marketplace @ BoDo, George and Bev Harad,  Idaho Power, J.R. Simplot Company, and Micron Foundation.

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