NEWS RELEASE

 

June 28, 2012

For Additional Information:

Shelly Houston, Meridian Mayor’s Office

(208) 489-0531

 

 

Meridian to Host Independence Day Festival

Residents Urged by Meridian Fire Department to Have a Safe and Fun 4th

 

Meridian, ID – (July 4, 2012) – The Meridian Parks and Recreation Department will once again partner with the Meridian Speedway to present an afternoon and evening of family activities in celebration of the Fourth of July.  Meridian’s Independence Day Festival will kick off at 3:00 p.m. in Storey Park and culminate with a spectacular professional fireworks show shortly after dusk (estimated time is 10:15 p.m.).

 

Families are encouraged to bring picnics and games and to enjoy time together in a fun and festive atmosphere. Attractions will include bounce houses, a climbing wall, an obstacle course, and a variety of food vendors. Live music will include performances by the Dakota Mad Band at 3:00 p.m., Social Fallout at 5:30 p.m., and Big Wow at 7:30 p.m.

 

“Our partnership with the Meridian Speedway has really been an asset to the growth and success of this annual festival and is part of our vision of being a vibrant community,” said Steve Siddoway, Meridian Parks and Recreation Director. “The City shares the values and principles of our residents who want to have a safe and fun Independence Day celebration and fireworks display they can be proud of.”

 

Races at Meridian Speedway begin that evening at 6:30 p.m. Anyone wishing to watch the races or fireworks from the Speedway stands will need to purchase admission tickets at the Speedway box office at 335 S. Main Street in Meridian. (For details, go to: www.meridianspeedwayonline.com).  The gate to the baseball fields in Storey Park will be opened to provide an additional area from which to watch the professional fireworks display.

 

Families are also welcome to bring non-aerial, “safe & sane” fireworks to set off in a protected area of the Meridian Chamber of Commerce parking lot beginning at 9:30 p.m.  Adult supervision is required.

 

Chief Mark Niemeyer of the Meridian Fire Department is urging residents to have a safe and fun 4th of July.  “As many of you will be purchasing fireworks and lighting them off this week, I want to remind all citizens to be extremely cautious when and where fireworks are used due to the severe fire conditions in the Treasure Valley. A fire resulting in the misuse or illegal use of fireworks could result in the responsible party being financially liable for the fire response and/or being criminally prosecuted. It is the responsibility of all of us to keep our neighborhoods safe -- please help us in meeting that mission.”

 

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The City of Meridian is located at the center of the Treasure Valley in southwest Idaho, minutes from the State Capitol. Founded in 1893 and incorporated as a city in 1903, Meridian is now one of Idaho’s largest and fastest growing communities. As the home to many young families, Meridian is a vibrant community whose mission is to be a premier city to live, work and raise a family and was selected in 2010 by Family Circle Magazine as one of their Top 10 Best Cities for Families, by Money Magazine as one of its 100 Best Places to Live, and by America’s Promise Alliance and ING as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People For more information about Meridian, visit www.meridiancity.org.