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A Weekend to Celebrate!

Not one, but two days of Fourth of July fun in downtown Coeur d’Alene

By Jillian Chandler

With this year’s Independence Day falling on a Sunday, what better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than all weekend long? And that’s exactly what the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce has planned for 2021.

Independence Day—or should we say weekend—events will kick off on Saturday, July 3. The fun takes place at City Park downtown, where the community can gather from noon to 7pm to enjoy vendors, carnival rides, and live performances from the kids’ favorite Disney and Star Wars characters under the bandshell.

Come Sunday, one of the most notable community events of the season returns with much excitement and anticipation. The annual Fourth of July American Heroes Parade will begin at 11am and make its way down Sherman Avenue, beginning at 15th Street moving west to Government Way and Northwest Boulevard. After the parade, it’s time to head to the Festival in City Park. From noon to 7pm, it will again be host to live music, food vendors and carnival rides.

Once the festivities begin to die down, the real excitement begins, as the sky grows dark, and those young and old gather to find the perfect viewing spot for the annual fireworks extravaganza over the lake at Independence Point—one of the best shows in the Inland Northwest!

Parade and park festivities are funded entirely by the Coeur d’Alene Regional Chamber of Commerce through sponsorships, member businesses and citizens donations.

After a year of canceled events and so much disappointment, this annual celebration reminds us of the importance of our freedoms we often take for granted.

God bless America! And God bless North Idaho! Now … let’s celebrate!

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