Celebrating & Honoring Our Nation's Founding Fathers & Mothers
In a letter to his wife, Abigail, John Adams wrote,
"The date will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more."
Mr. Adams wrote this one day before the public reading of the adopted Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
After three years of not having a parade, the patriotic celebration returns this summer. The 2023 theme is Honoring our Founding Fathers and Mothers.
Idaho 4th of July Parade from Boise - Complete Schedule
5:00am - 7:00am: CBS Live News from Idaho Capitol
6:30am: CapEd's Read to Rise hot air balloon launch from Capitol
7:00am - 11:00am: Veteran Entrepreneur Alliance's Community Breakfast, Cecil D. Andrus Park
9:00am: Presentation of Colors by the Boise Police Department Honor Guard
9:05am: National Anthem - Janice Gerard
9:17am: Reading of Declaration of Independence by state and local officials
10:00am: Idaho 4th of July Parade from Boise
Businesses, organizations, and families are invited to enter and participate in the parade. Corporate entries can choose to be judged and compete for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Winning entries will receive $10,000, $7,000, and $5,000 for their charities of choice.
Parade entries are closed for final parade preparations. We invite you to participate in 2024.
Idaho 4th of July Honor Marching Band and Color Guard
A parade isn't a parade without a marching band! Musicians in high school and college/university are invited to join the Idaho 4th of July Honor Marching Band and Color Guard presented by Armada and sponsored by Dunkley Music. Opens in new tab. Band Director Phil Hartman will help meld together student musicians through a few rehearsals before the parade. The band will be a spectacular site marching in harmony through downtown Boise. Register today to learn more and reserve your spot.
Band entries are closed for final practices. We invite you to participate in 2024.
Call for Volunteers
Many hands make light work. Your hands can help by volunteering prior, during and after the parade. Volunteers can fill many roles to ensure the patriotic celebration is memorable and safe.
Celebrate With the Community
Our community is invited to come together to celebrate at the Idaho 4th of July Parade from Boise starting at 7:00am on Tuesday, July 4, 2023. You, your family, and others can start the day in Cecil D. Andrus Park for the Veteran Entrepreneur Alliance. Opens in new tab. pancake breakfast sponsored by Albertsons. Opens in new tab. The parade starts at 10:00am. Come downtown early to receive an American Flag provide by Zamzows. Opens in new tab. to wave along the parade route.
The Idaho 4th of July Parade from Boise would not be possible without Albertsons. Opens in new tab., CapEd Credit Union. Opens in new tab., and Peterson Chevrolet. Opens in new tab. for their important corporate sponsorship, with thanks to CBS2. Opens in new tab., KBOI Radio. Opens in new tab. and Radio Rancho. Opens in new tab. for being our media partners. The parade is also made possible by Visit Boise. Opens in new tab. and the Idaho Democrat. Opens in new tab. and Republican. Opens in new tab. parties.
Below is the map of the route the Idaho 4th of July Parade from Boise will take. The parade will start at 10:00am and conclude around 11:30am.
If you are contacting us about entering the parade, please view our parade entry page for details and entry submission forms.