INDEPENDENCE DAY. Commonly known as the fourth of July, this holiday is a celebration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. This act declared our independence from Great Britain and helped give us the freedom we all enjoy. To honor this great act many of us celebrate with parades, barbecues, carnivals, and a large display of fireworks. Bonner County is no different.
Sandpoint’s holiday events kick off with the Independence Day parades, sponsored by the Lions Club, in the downtown area. A children’s parade will warm up the crowd at 9am by the City Parking Lot at 4th & Church, followed by the Grand Parade at 10am on the corner of 5th Ave and Church St. Participants will head up Church St, circle through the downtown area and end back at the starting point. Following the parade there will be children’s games at City Beach along with music from Fiddlin’ Red at 3pm and Frank Moore at 6pm. At dusk there will be the grand display of fireworks over Lake Pend Oreille.
In Laclede there promises to be family fun all day long! Join everyone at the Klondyke Cafe & Tavern for a good, old fashioned celebration. Starting at 2pm the kids will get to participate in free games along with receiving a raffle ticket for a special kids only raffle. There will also be an egg toss, dunk tank, silent auction, raffles, food booth, concession stand, beer garden and fabulous display of fireworks at dusk to conclude the evening.
On July 5th Garfield Bay is having their day-after celebration. Starting off with a pancake breakfast in the park from 8-10am and a parade at 11am by Anchor Gas, the fun keeps going throughout the day. Odies Bayside Grocery will be offering FREE hot dogs and drinks from 11:30-1pm followed by an ice cream social in the park from 12-1:30pm. There will be multiple kids games and activities all afternoon along with a horseshoe tournament, and music in the park by “Wastin’ Time Band” from 4-6pm. The night will end with an awesome display of fireworks over the bay, starting at dusk.
No matter what you choose to do this 4th, remember that Independence Day is meant to be celebrated. It’s the day that every American can proudly say “I am free” and mean it.