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Southern Idaho to Celebrate the Fourth of July with Fireworks, Parades and Rodeos

July 4, 2014

By Tetona Dunlap, The Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho

July 04--BUHL -- Every year the population of Buhl doubles during the Fourth of July.

This year will be no different as hundreds flock to Buhl Sagebrush Days today and Saturday. The celebration will feature a pancake breakfast, parade, food and fireworks.

"A lot of families plan reunions and class reunions around the Fourth of July," said Michelle Olsen, an organizer of Buhl Sagebrush Days. "They grow up in the area and move and come back every Fourth."

The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. today with about 100 entries -- "one of the biggest parades in the area," Olsen said.

Visitors should get to Buhl early to avoid delays, she said. U.S. 30 will be closed at 9 a.m., with traffic detoured at North 1600 East and at Sawtooth Avenue.

Eastman Park will have live entertainment from noon to 5 p.m., and a fire hose competition is at McClusky Park from 1 to 2 p.m. It's like a tug-of-war, but with a barrel on a rope, Olsen said. The Buhl City Pool has free swimming all day, and fireworks at North Park start at dusk.

Buhl Sagebrush Days is more than 50 years old. "It's an old-fashioned, hometown Fourth of July," Olsen said.


7-10 a.m. -- Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at the West End Senior Center

7 a.m. -- Registration for the Buhl Fun Run at the Furniture Room parking lot.

8 a.m. -- Fun Run begins at the Furniture Room parking lot

10:15 a.m. -- Parade opening ceremonies downtown.

10:30 a.m. -- Parade begins.

Noon to 5 p.m. -- Live entertainment at Eastman Park.

1 to 2 p.m. -- Fire hose competition at McClusky Park

5-7 p.m. -- Bingo at the West End Senior Center.

9:30 p.m. -- Candy Cannon on north side of Popplewell Elementary.

Dusk -- Anvil firing, followed by fireworks


5 p.m. -- Tractor pull at the Buhl Rodeo Arena.

In Twin Falls, Lighthouse has been holding its Fourth of July Freedom Celebration for more than 10 years. It begins at 7 tonight on the northeast side of the Evergreen Building on the College of Southern Idaho campus. It will feature free hot dogs and root beer floats, bounce houses and live entertainment by Jason Houser with Seeds Family Worship and Lighthouse Worship Band. Last year, about 1,000 people attended.

"This event is organized to be a community outreach alongside the firework show, providing food, floats, entertainment and fun," said organizer Maresha Schmakeit of Lighthouse.

Twin Falls Municipal Band's concert starts at 8 tonight outside the Fine Arts Building with patriotic anthems and singalongs.

Capping the night will be the annual Magic Valley Citizens Fourth of July Fireworks Show at 10 p.m. till about 10:30 p.m.

Because of heavy traffic, police ask that people arrive early. North College Road will be closed from Washington Street North to Blue Lakes Boulevard North at 7 p.m. And at 9 p.m., sections of Falls Avenue from Washington Street North to Blue Lakes Boulevard North will close.

Police will need time to safely direct vehicle and pedestrian traffic off the campus. Visitors may be routed in a different direction and should expect delays.

Impaired drivers have caused traffic accidents in the past. The CSI area will be heavily patrolled, and all DUI suspects will be arrested.

Rupert's celebration theme is "Let Freedom Ring."

Today starts with the Firecracker 5K/10K/Duathlon Fourth of July Fun Run at 7 a.m. at 1805 H St.

The parade starts at 11 a.m. today, and a family rodeo at the fairgrounds begins at 8 p.m.The Historic Wilson Theatre will present "Summer Nights" at 7 tonight and Saturday.

In Bliss, the Fourth of July will be celebrated today with a car show at 4 p.m., parade at 5 p.m., lawnmower races at 6 p.m., white elephant auction at 7 p.m., barbecue dinner 5-9 p.m., and fireworks at dusk.

Burley's fireworks show will be at dusk at the Burley Golf Course Marina.

Gooding also will have fireworks at dusk, at Gooding Middle School, 1047 Seventh Ave. W.

In Hansen, the celebration begins with the parade line-up at 10:30 a.m. at the elementary school and the parade at 11 a.m. Bingo will be in the park at noon, followed by a community potluck at 6 p.m. (Bring two covered dishes and your own plates, utensils and chairs. Hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks will be provided.) Fireworks at 10 p.m. at Rolling Hills Park.

Hailey's parade, themed "Wood River Valley Inspires," starts at noon, with Idaho 75 closing for 90 minutes.

A pancake breakfast is from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Wood River Grange Hall. A children's carnival with bouncy houses and more will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. next to the Bank of America. Antique fairs will be open at Roberta McKercher Park on Idaho 75 and in the lot next to McDonald's. The fairs run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

After the parade, cyclists will take to the streets at 1:30 p.m. in the Fourth of July Criterium Bike Race.

The Sawtooth Rangers Fourth of July Rodeo starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Hailey rodeo park across from the airport. Pre-events at 6:30 p.m. include clown acts, mutton bustin' and hometown bull riding. Tickets are $11 for adults and $6 for children 10 and younger. Tickets are available at Atkinsons' Markets in Bellevue, Hailey and Ketchum and at the Hailey Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center, 781 S. Main St. Tickets are $15 and $10 at the gate.

The fireworks show will start at dusk and shot from a spot near Wood River High School.


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