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Breaking: Boise Independence Day Parade Bans Open Carry for Participants

By • June 28, 2023

The Independence Day parade is back in the city of Boise.

The parade was gone for a few years. This year, a new group has come together to host the event.

We The People 4th of July Parade Celebration, Inc. (We The People) is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit. This organization is the facilitator of the parade. Additionally, Outdoor Event Group is contracted by We The People to function as the event organizer.”

The information about the event can be found on the new website, Idaho 4th of July Parade from Boise (

Participants have been preparing their floats and entries for the event, which is now just a few days away. Dated June 27, but sent out June 28, just 6 days ahead of the festivities, an email landed in their inboxes that caused some to pause.

The organizers of the parade have decided to add an addendum to the rules that were originally sent to entrants. The text of the addendum reads,

“Additionally, in consultation with local public safety officials, the parade organizers add the following parade entry requirement which all entries must follow:

No open carry of weapons or firearms will be permitted. The only exception to this is sworn law enforcement officers, uniformed military Honor Guard personnel or those participating in an authorized armed Color Guard.

This additional parade entry requirement ensures the focus on the parade’s intent to safely celebrate our Nation’s founding. The parade organizers greatly appreciate your adherence to this amended entry requirement.”

The addendum is an attached document that requires the parade participant to agree to the new terms, sign the addendum document, and return the signed document to the organizers before the parade on Tuesday.

Addendum letter

Greg Pruett of the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance responded to the addendum email sent to parade participants by saying,

“Just as we anticipated, the Supreme Court’s decision to undermine the right to keep and bear arms on public property in Idaho has already begun. Of all the days for the organizers of the parade to put restrictions on the second amendment, it has to be on “Independence Day.” These restrictions by private organizations on public property is only going to get worse. How long before Mayor McLean decides that all Boise city parks will be ran by a nonprofit organization who will then ban firearms throughout the city. It’s coming, unless the legislature acts and fixes the problem.”

Pruett is referencing the Idaho Supreme Court decision that came out just days ago. Idaho Dispatch reported on that here: Breaking: ISAA Loses in Idaho Supreme Court, Calls For Special Session of the Idaho Legislature – Idaho Dispatch

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45 thoughts on “Breaking: Boise Independence Day Parade Bans Open Carry for Participants

  1. Interesting concept, celebrating Independence Day, which, by the way was won with “guns,” only now to be celebrated in Boise by banning guns, odd. Some sense of history you all have going there.

    1. Great point. Maybe in protest, all audience members should open carry at the parade and all parade participants should at least concealed carry. Side note: The new Las Vegas attempted mass shooting was stopped by an armed employee, yet the fake news neglected to mention that.

  2. It wouldn’t be a normal day in Idaho, or the United States, unless the wanna-be fascist dictators known as the Democrat Party were trying to undermine our constitutional rights and remove them because they somehow believe they know what is right and good and true for everyone. Of course, there ideology and rhetoric is infectious because the IDGOP somehow thought it was a good idea to decide for the people who it is okay, and not okay, to vote for because we are too stupid to do it ourselves.

  3. Let’s change the name from “Independence Day” parade to to “Subjection Day” parade. And bring signs to alert attendees so they know what they are celebrating.

    I wonder what the far-left thinks that the fireworks displays are intended to simulate.

  4. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

  5. Only open carry isn’t allowed? So that means they don’t want to upset anyone with a visible gun but yet concealed is fine cause out of sight out of mind. Totally hilarious though about no guns in celebration of Independence Day in which guns where used for our independence. Hmmm

  6. Soooo it is ok for a City, town, or any other local government to thumb their noses at our state constitution and its laws as long as it is done by a “Vendor” who has paid a fee for the right to make money on “Public” property????? Sort of takes the teeth out of “Preemption”.

  7. Oh, this is going to be hilarious. I can see it now. The AR-15’s printing under the $2.00 rain ponchos.
    Hey, at least they’re concealed.

  8. Wow Idaho turning blue at a accelerated rate, five years from now it’ll be another west coast state drugs, crime, homeless people,police that won’t do anything about it. Next thing the commies in Boise will start taxing everything you do.

  9. While you might expect the above report to be satire, sadly it is not. We live in a clown world full of contradictions and insanity. The woke crowd wants to Celebrate Independence Day with oppression by undermining the constitutional rights of Idahoans. The irony is obvious to freedom loving Idahoans with critical thinking skills, but to the woke crowd, tyrannical edicts on Independence Day make perfect sense.

  10. So many upset to not be able to wave their stupid guns in the air at a family event. Just get a life would you? Do you feel naked without a gun? Grow a pair and realize not everything has to be about your weird dependence on guns. Or are you just too scared of big, bad, dangerous Boise, perhaps the most vanilla of cities in the west. You gun nuts are just bananas.

    1. Do you even have a clue what Independence Day is about? Possibly, you should study up on the history of our country.

      1. Do you even have a clue what celebrating independence day about? You should study up on what we do – grill burgers, drink beer, and watch parades and fireworks with our families. What do we not do? Go to war with Britain. We did that already, and they are not here in Boise, so please stop being such a scaredy cat of getting invaded (not going to happen), and just have a nice day, like everyone else wants.

    2. you sir, are an idiot! how do you think we won independence from britain? try using what is left of your brain before it to rots out from the constant brainwashing of the left, and vanilla city? there is tons of violent crime here, or do you have your snowflake blinders on?

      1. What the hell does getting independence from Britain have to do with waving guns around at a family-oriented parade? Let me answer you: Nothing. Literally, nothing. We are celebrating independence day, not going to war with anyone, doofus. And the only snowflakes around here are the ones too chicken-shit scared to go to downtown Boise without packing heat. What are you scared of? Your own shadow. Super, super lame, and you should be embarrassed to call yourself American if you can’t handle a gentle town like Boise without a gun poking out of your ass!

    3. Bet you take no issue though with the Alphabet groups waving their body party in front of children. Funny how I have never seen any 2A supporter or legal gun owner ever walk around in a Parade waving , shaking or shooting their guns No they are safely strapped , held and holstered. Learn the truth about Independence day and No it has nothing to do with 3 or 4 day weekends or BBQs and getting drunk in front of children and fighting.

      1. Incorrect! I am a British transplant living my best life. I’d like to carry on living it, rather than having stupid guns waved in my face in Boise. And yes, I am a US citizen, just trying to Make America Great Britain Again (yes, that’s a joke).

  11. Way to go you just gave any demonRAT/liberal/socialist/communist of drugs for depression notice of ,as we used to say in the Military , a target rich environment. If anything happens it will be on you idiots. I’m not going to the Parade for this reason alone, I will not be at any thing that a dictator has allowed to happen in this great state. Remember that all dictators have a vision that they want to impose on the public. This is all part of the vision of the mayor of Boise.

  12. This is unlawful under statute 30-501:

    “Every corporation organized for any lawful purpose or purposes, whether a general business corporation or a designated class of corporation, shall, by the act of filing incorporation documents with the state of Idaho, acknowledge and accept the provisions of the constitution of the state of Idaho as binding upon that corporation.”

  13. I would not attend this parade, but any parade I do attend I will wear my A2 tee shirts. Wear it proudly!

  14. Have huge signs across from the TV cameras stating your disdain for the leftist-Marxist Idaho Supreme Court! Hoping 2A Alliance will take their case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  15. This is what happens when we listen to transplants saying “ oh we will vote accordingly “ .
    They only vote according to however they voted in the previous state they ran away from. They’ve all had the plan of moving to our beloved states, posing as conservatives, and changing our laws. A lot of other states have had similar issues.
    It is our job to research these potential candidates and weed them out.
    Is it work? Yep. Is it worth it to save our state? Darn straight it is.
    Think about this or we are going to see 75,000 little Lunatic Lauren’s running every City in Idaho, doing this exact thing.
    It doesn’t matter if the crowd can still carry or not. You let one thing slide, then it’s another, then it’s another. People do not realize this.
    It’s got to stop now.

    1. And I wouldn’t bother to respond to any whining liberals who comment on here guys. They aren’t worth your time, seriously.
      They are just looking to pick fights.
      Don’t let them live rent free.
      Let them go whine somewhere else, like FB or Insta, or someone who actually cares to listen to their echo chamber of mental illness.

  16. Open carry anyway. They can’t arrest somebody for open carry on a public street. The addendum only says you reviewed the rule, not that you agreed to follow it.

  17. Gun grabbers need a mass shooting to take place at any public place or event in Idaho where many are gathered. They need it and they know they need it in their agenda. They need a crisis to happen. If it took place, and law abiding citizens left their protective devices at home; it is the perfect environment for a lunatic to go on a rampage that ends the lives of many. It’s why leftists in charge recoil at the slightest hint of allowing schools protection they demand at courthouses and airports they frequent.

  18. Not an expert.
    Question would be is it a typical watered down government bill and that is what the Idaho supreme court ruled on.
    How many times has this happened even though it has been brought up by numerous organizations how many loop holes a bill has and how to fix it, our so called Republican elected officials do nothing.
    What ever happened to the idea of term limits instead of enriching themselves at the tax payers expense.

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