Want to take advantage of up the upcoming holiday weekend but haven’t made any plans? Don’t worry! Southern Idaho is chock full of fun adventures and events — and they’re all just a short drive away. Here are some great ideas for your Independence Day Weekend.

Rupert 4th of July

June 30-July 4

Rupert July 4 Celebration. The entire city of Rupert puts on a big celebration for July 4, including food booths opening at 11 a.m. every day (10:30 a.m. July 4) and:

  • 6-10 a.m. June 30: “Christmas in July” breakfast
  • 6 p.m. June 30 and July 1, 3: “Sounds of Freedom” in the park
  • 7:30 p.m. June 30: The Salamanders
  • Dusk June 30: Fireworks display by Rupert City Fire & Rescue
  • 7:30 p.m. July 1: The Long Run (Eagles tribute band)
  • 5:30-7:30 pm.: Mutton Bustin’ at the Minidoka County Fairgrounds
  • July 1-2: Horse racing at the fairgrounds
  • 6 p.m. July 2: Patriotic program in the park
  • 6 p.m. July 2: Wild West Shootout at Wilson Theater
  • 8 p.m. July 2: Triple Shot
  • 7:30 p.m. July 3: The Chancellors
  • 6 p.m. July 3: The Firecracker 500 Lawnmower Races at the Fairgrounds
  • 7 a.m. July 4: Firecracker 5K/10K/40K Bike Race at East Minico
  • 11 a.m. July 4: Fourth of July Parade

More information: http://www.rupert4th.com/index.html

While you’re there: Cool off at Lake Walcott State Park, located about 25 minutes away from the city. Try your hand at disc golf, picnic in the shade, or hit the water to fish or water ski. Want to stay closer to Rupert? Check out Henry’s at the Drift Inn and enjoy a cold brew and lunch or dinner. The Drift Inn has six newly remodeled suites for overnight guests.


July 1- 4

Fireworks Shows. Enjoy a spectacular fireworks show in many of Southern Idaho’s communities: Camas County, City of Gooding, City of Shoshone, City of Burley, City of Jerome, and City of Twin Falls. Many of the shows start with food, fun and music. Show starts at dusk. Free.

Check out Southern Idaho’s adventure map for other things to do while you’re in the area.


July 1-8

Buhl Sagebrush Days. Experience an authentic, old-time American celebration that’s full of down-home country charm. Highlights include:

July 1st
Community Celebration of God and Country
7-8pm McClusky Park (6th & Poplar) Bring your family and your lawn chairs.

July 3rd
Trout Festival Downtown
Event starts at 4pm live music by Copperhead starts at 7pm.
Trout dinner will be served featuring Clear Springs Trout and all the trimmings starting at 4pm at the West End Senior Center. The cost is $8 per plate for all you can eat. There will be local vendors as well as a beer and wine garden featuring Magic Valle Brewing and live music.

July 4th
8am Buhl Key Club Fun Run, check in at the Furniture Room parking lot on Main Street.

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast
7am-10am at the West End Senior Center
Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for kids 6-12
Children 5 and under are free

10:30am Parade
Grand Marshall Kathy West; Fly over by the “Buhl Airforce” and our National Anthem performed by Hope Hale.

11am vendors open in Eastman Park:

  • There will be a beer and wine garden brought to you by Holesinsky and Magic Valley Brewing.
  • Live Music: CopperHead at Noon
  • Free Swimming at the Buhl City Pool
  • Fire Hose Competition at McClusky Park
  • Anvil firing at dusk
  • Fireworks

Rodeo at the Buhl Rodeo Grounds
Starts at 7pm; admission is $8 for adults, $5 for kids5-12 and children 4 free.

To sign up call Janet at 208-308-0770 or Bill at 208-420-5173; cost is $75 per event pre-pay or $85 per event at rodeo.

July 5th
Rodeo at the Buhl Rodeo Grounds
Starts at 7pm; admission is $8 for adults, $5 for kids5-12 and children 4 free.

July 8th
Magic Valley Antique Tractor Pullers Sagebrush Days Tractor Pull at the Buhl Rodeo Grounds.
Event starts at 5pm and admission is free.

While you’re there: Buhl is the Trout Capitol of the World. Anglers can find plenty of fly fishing (and golfing!) opportunities at Clear Lake Country Club, which features a 15-acre lake.