Mayor Lauren McLean and the Boise Parks and Recreation Department are excited to announce that fireworks will once again light up the sky above Boise on the Fourth of July in 2021. The event is part of a summer of celebration as Boise recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have made huge strides in recent months in the fight against COVID-19 and I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate our citizens’ resiliency than with a state-of-the-art firework display for all to enjoy,” said Mayor McLean.
As is tradition, the fireworks will launch from Ann Morrison Park. Citizens can bring a blanket and chairs to the park to enjoy the show, but attendees should keep six feet of physical distance between themselves and anyone outside their household. For the health and safety of everyone on site, there will be no food or drink vendors this year.
The fireworks will start at 10:15 p.m. (dusk) on Independence Day. Ann Morrison Park will be closed to vehicles all day on the Fourth of July, but people who plan to watch the fireworks are still welcome to walk or ride a bike into the park throughout the day. Outside food and drinks are also permitted in the park, but please remember no glass bottles or containers are allowed, and alcoholic beverages are not allowed within 250 feet of the Boise River Greenbelt. Thank you for leaving drones, pets, and fireworks/sparklers at home.
Additional details on parking, road closures and helpful tips for attendees are available online.
Pools Opening Day & Swim Team Clinic
The City of Boise is also pleased to offer summer fun and recreation for families at four of the city’s outdoor municipal pools. The 2021 swimming season at Borah Pool, Fairmont Pool, Ivywild Pool and the Natatorium & Hydrotube kicks off on Friday, June 11. Season pass holders can start reserving swim time in two-hour blocks up to seven days in advance using the Boise Parks and Recreation Department’s online registration system. Parks and Recreation will continue communicating with pool season pass holders about this process as opening day approaches. More information about the upcoming season, including how to buy a $15 season pass, can be found on the city’s pool information web page. Borah, Fairmont, and Ivywild Pools along with the Natatorium & Hydrotube will be open for swimming through Labor Day weekend.
Boise Parks and Recreation will also host a modified Swim Team Clinic in 2021. The program will be open to youth ages 9 to18-years-old. Due to capacity limits, swimmers who participate in year-round competitive swimming are not eligible for Swim Team Clinic this summer. Space is limited and only inter-squad competition will be allowed due to health and safety protocols in place for the 2021 season.
Registration for Boise residents will start Monday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 19 for non-residents. Anyone planning to register for Swim Team should sign-up for an account through the Boise Parks and Recreation online registration system.
For more information on this year’s modified program, click here.
Thank you to everyone who has sacrificed over the last year to keep our community safe. We’re looking forward to the return of many of Boise’s favorite outdoor activities and events this summer.