There is nothing like Independence Day and the celebrations that we’ve all come to know and love here in Sandpoint. It was recently announced that due to health and safety concerns for the community amid COVID-19, Sandpoint’s Lion Club has decided to cancel the annual Fourth of July events usually put on by its organization and members.
But, there is good news—and great news! After hearing this unfortunate news, Sandpoint resident Ron Korn wanted to do something about it. As a result, he went to social media, where he created a public Facebook page—Save Independence Day, Sandpoint. With help promoting the campaign from Steve Wasylko, the page had already garnered more than 1,400 members by the end of May, all who share the same patriotic goal—to keep Sandpoint's Fourth of July celebration alive.
It was quickly confirmed that the parade would continue, following the same route as previous years, with planning underway to feature family fun at Travers Park, filled with outdoor events and activities such threelegged races, a dunk tank, water balloon toss and more, along with live performances and food vendors.
The biggest task at hand? Raising the funds for the annual fireworks display over City Beach, with a cost of nearly $17,000.
In less than two weeks, initial monetary goals were not only met but surpassed! According to a Facebook post posted by Ron on Sandpoint Independence Day’s page on May 23, Ron was excited to announce that they had raised $19,000. "... Now I've raised our goal of $25,000 to cover all of the costs for the full day of events, parade, picnic day at the park, and the fireworks show. ... And we have our awesome community to thank for all of this!"
If you want to help ensure that the Fourth of July traditions continue in Sandpoint, there are several ways you can help. If you, your organization or business are interested in participating in this year's parade, you can donate $20 (non-refundable) via Paypal for pre-registration by June 29; with fees increasing to $30 after that date, and must be paid the day of the event.
Fireworks Show sponsorships are also available, and they are also seeking prize donations for the parade and festival games and contests.
Help make 2020 the best Fourth of July in Sandpoint. For additional details including registration and sponsorship opportunities, visit Sandpoint4th.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Ron Korn at 208.290.2354.
It’s incredible, yet no surprise, how quickly Sandpoint residents and business owners stepped up and took action to make this year’s Fourth of July a day to be cherished and sure to be remembered.