For this Fourth of July, there are a lot of events you could go to. Here's a few that we'd like to highlight:
Coeur d’Alene does Fourth of July right with not just one, but two days of events. Festivities kick off with the annual Kids’ Parade on July 3, and this year’s theme is “Celebrating Ironman” (the triathlon, not the movie). Kiddos strut their stuff through downtown Coeur d’Alene on foot, bikes and floats donning costumes and with pets in tow. A second patriotic parade begins downtown July 4 at 11 am. The party continues with live music, food and games in the City Park all day long. Lounge on the city beach or take your boat out on the water to watch the fireworks display over the lake, ending the day with a bang.
Kids’ Parade, July 3 at 10 am; Fourth of July Celebration, July 4 from 10 am-dusk • Coeur d’Alene City Park • 115 NW Blvd. • cdachamber.org • (208) 292-1635
Fourth of July Celebration
To some, there’s arguably no better way to celebrate ’Merica than in small town ’Merica. The Sandpoint Lions Club hosts its annual Fourth of July party starting at 9 am in Sandpoint’s cozy downtown. After you’ve had your fill of patriotic floats, grab family and friends and head over to City Beach. Take a dip in Lake Pend Oreille or spend the day on the beach catching rays while listening to live music and joining in games. At the end of the day, snuggle into a blanket while lying back in a chair to watch the firework show beginning at dusk.
July 4 from 9 am-dusk • Downtown Sandpoint • sandpointlions.org • (208) 263-4118
Independence Day Festival
The people at Riverfront Park must bleed red, white and blue because they make Fourth of July one of the biggest events of the year. Jam-packed with festivities, the park offers a bouncy castle, live music, performers, food and beer gardens. Plus, all of the usual games and rides in the Pavilion amusement area are at a discounted price. Discounted ($10) tickets, which also include IMAX exclusives and access to mini-golf, will be available from 10 am to 1 pm. For the kids, performances by Magician Dick Frost and Spokane Area Square Dancers can be found in the Children’s Meadow, and the Spokane Jazz Orchestra will headline the day’s musical entertainment. Make sure to stake out a spot to watch the park’s always spectacular fireworks display at dusk.
July 4 starting at 11 am • Riverfront Park • 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • spokaneriverfrontpark.com • 625-6601
Nothing quite beats a community barbecue and fireworks display to raise patriotic spirits. At Pullman’s Sunnyside Park, all-American grub will be served starting at 5 pm in the park shelter. Live music starts at 5:30 pm featuring the Pullman Community Band, and folksinger Dan Maher, and The Fabulous Kingpins take the stage at 7 pm to rock your socks off with classic rock ’n’ roll hits. The city of Pullman promises this year’s fireworks will be substantially larger than last year. The bigger, better, booming fireworks take off at 10 pm. Pullman Transit is offering free rides to and from the park, so skip the hassle of parking and take the bus.
July 4 at 5 pm • Sunnyside Park • Old Wawawai Rd., Pullman • pullmanchamber.com • 334-3565
See our full July 4 events calendar here.