This week’s exploding with fun. Parade, 4th of July celebrations at Ann Morrison Park, Storey Park in Meridian, and an all-day deal in Melba. Arts and crafts festivals in Roseberry and Meridian on Saturday, Alive After Five on Wednesday, and the Lavender You-Cut Harvest in Nampa.

-Don’t forget to check out the Appetite for Idaho Facebook page, with new things to see, do, and great Idaho restaurants to eat at each weekday. Also, the Appetite for Idaho book’s in print, and copies will be available super soon. Happy 4th!

Boise 4th of July Parade
Fri., July 4, 11 a.m.
Parade starts at 10th and Jefferson, circling east to Fifth, south to Idaho and west to 11th. FREE

Meridian Independence Day Festival
Friday, July 4, 3-10:15 pm
Storey Park/ Meridian Speedway
Bouncy houses, giant slide, obstacle course, live bands,safe and sane fireworks area, Meridian Speedway races. Fireworks display at 10:15.

4th of July Celebration in the Park
8am-10:15 pm and later
Spend the day at Ann Morrison Park with the Idaho Statesman Chalk Art Festival, children’s bike decorating contest and parade, entertainment stage, fireworks, and a movie!

Melba “Old Tyme” Fourth of July
7 am-after 10pm
Fun run, parade, arts and crafts fair, concessions, fly-over, car show, fairway of children’s games, fried chicken lunch, antique tractor pull, stage entertainment, horseshoe pitching, chicken round up, mud volleyball, fireworks display.

Roseberry Arts and Crafts Fair
Sat., July 5, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Sun., July 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Roseberry Townsite 2598 E. Roseberry Road, 1.5 miles from Donnelly
Local and regional artists and crafters present home décor, handicrafts, and much more in Historic Roseberry. FREE admission.

Meridian Summer Art Festival
Sat., July 5, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sun., July 6, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Storey Park corner of Main Street and Franklin Road, Meridian
Tents full of arts and crafts from the Treasure Valley’s best. Families welcome. FREE

Alive After Five: Eric Hutchinson
Wed., July 9, 5-8 p.m.
Grove Plaza Downtown on Eighth Street between Main and Front streets, Boise
With A Sea of Glass. FREE

Lakeside Lavender You-Cut Harvest

July 9-16, 12-4 p.m.
Lakeside Lavender Farm 1003 W. Locust Lane, Nampa
Harvest your own lavender, take lots of lavender photos, and relax while the fragrance and atmosphere envelope you in calm. $6 per bundle of lavender.