5 Ways to Get Outside and Celebrate the 4th of July in Idaho
Celebrate the best thing about America, the great outdoors.
Independence Day is right around the corner and while there is plenty to love about the traditional celebration of parades, big BBQs and fireworks, some of you out there might prefer to commemorate the day by exploring the best thing about America, the great outdoors. Idaho still flies slightly under the radar as an adventure destination, which is perfect for a holiday weekend, and the scenery will leave you in awe. Whether you want to push yourself on the trail or go for a casual swim (or both!), there are endless options for you and the whole family to get outside over the 4th of July weekend in Idaho.
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Located near Sun Valley and Ketchum, Idaho, this is one of the premier hikes to catch alpine wildflowers. Another big bonus is you’ll be near one of the biggest 4th of July celebrations in the state should you decide you can’t go without a good old fashioned hot dog of the 4th. Learn more.
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If your ideal celebration involves peace and quiet, it’s tough to find a better place to spend the night than Blue Lake. What it lacks in grandiosity, it more than makes up for in serenity. Learn more.
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Saddleback Lakes is a fishing, hiking, and star-gazing paradise. Spend a full day hanging by the crystal clear waters. Learn more.
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If you want to spend the 4th outside but maybe make it to Boise at the end of the night for some fireworks, this is the best bet for you. Spend the whole day exploring the beautiful area, then make the quick drive back to town. Learn more.
If you’re hoping to find a balance between exploring and joining in on the traditional celebration, check out some of these other awesome 4th of July events across the state:
Find more amazing things to do outside in the Gem State at Visit Idaho.
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