It is known as one of the most festive times in Sandpoint—the Fourth of July. For the past several decades, the Lions Club of Sandpoint has put on a day of activities that have locals and tourists flocking to Downtown Sandpoint to enjoy celebrations of this special day. “The Lions have been doing this since at least the late 1960s or the early 1970s,” said Lions member, June Dull.
The festivities will kick off with a children’s parade at 9am, followed by the Grand Parade at 10am. Participants for the Grand Parade will gather at the corner of 5th Avenue and Church Street and will circle the downtown area before returning back to the starting point.
“Typically, we have between 80 to 90 entries for the parade,” said June.
To raise money for the events, which include a fabulous fireworks display at City Beach at dusk, the Lions Club sells raffle tickets for various prizes. First prize this year is a large four-wheeler and a smaller one for kids. Second prize is $2,000 worth of “Bonner Bucks” which can be spent at any retailer in Bonner County. Third prize is $1,000 in cash.
Tickets are sold by all Lion members either in person or from one of their sites around town. “We are out every day between now and the Fourth of July including at the beach on the day. People can find us at Yokes, Co-op, Walmart and North 40,” said June. “And we may be at other locations which we haven't okayed yet. Pierce Auto has been very good about letting us have a day at their dealership also. Usually it's toward the end of June, and we serve free hamburgers. We have our awning set up and the four-wheelers on a trailer so people can see what the first prize is. Tell everyone to look for us out and about!”
After the parade, you can hang out at City Beach, go for a hike, go out on the water for a ride or enjoy a meal at one of the fabulous restaurants in and around Sandpoint. But whatever you do, be sure to return to City Beach by dusk to enjoy an incredible fireworks display.
A special “thank you” to the Lions Club of Sandpoint as well as the following businesses who have donated to assist with the expenses of putting on the Fourth of July festivities: Northern Lights, P1FCU, Sandpoint Super Drug, Waterfront Property Management and Johnson Heating and Cooling.