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Bursting with fun: Fourth of July celebrations across the Inland Northwest

Fireworks over Riverfront Park on July 4, 2018. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Fireworks over Riverfront Park on July 4, 2018. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Maybe your ideal Fourth of July celebration features a little baseball. Or maybe a lake cruise is your perfect way to celebrate.

Fireworks, food, live music – no matter how you hope to ring in the Fourth of July, and no matter where you live, there’s a celebration for you.


Riverfront Park will host a four-day carnival kicking off on July 4. There will be live entertainment, food, games, a beer garden in the Lilac Bowl and carnivals rides like the Tilt A Whirl, Ferris wheel and kiddie coaster. Riverfront attractions open at 10 a.m., and the carnival opens at noon. On the Fourth, there will be live music from Christy Lee and the Broken Rosary Whiskey Thieves from 7-10 p.m., followed by a fireworks show.

Join the Singing Nuns, sisters from St. Michael’s Convent, during their concert and fundraiser carnival, which benefits their Portico Restoration Project. There will be coffee from Higher Grounds Coffee Shop, food booths, balloon animals, a bouncy house, a fish pond game, face painting, piñatas, a photo book, a zip line and more. Gates open at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 8 p.m. Stay until 10 p.m. to watch the city fireworks. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and flashlight. $5 per person at the gate. One dessert ticket is included in the ticket price. Mount St. Michael’s, 8500 N. St. Michael’s Road.

Stop by the Kendall Yards Night Market for an evening of shopping and music from Cover2Cover Band from 6-10 p.m., then watch the city’s fireworks show. 1335 W. Summit Parkway.

The Spokane Indians are in Hillsboro on July 4, so join the team on July 3 as they play the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. Special-edition hats will be auctioned off to benefit Fairchild Force Support Squadron. After the game, there will be a fireworks show over Avista Stadium, 602 N. Havana St., Spokane Valley, presented by No-Li Brewhouse, KREM 2 and 98.9 KKZX. Tickets are $6-$20 adults; $5 ages 4-12, military and seniors and available through tickets/promotions.

Coeur d’Alene

With the theme of “America the Beautiful,” Coeur d’Alene’s Fourth of July celebration begins at 10 a.m. with the American Heroes Parade at 15th and Sherman avenues. From 10 a.m.-7 p.m., there will be food and craft vendors, carnival rides, entertainment from Route 9 and music from Nu Jack City in Coeur d’Alene City Park, 415 Mullan Road. At dusk, there will be fireworks over the lake.

Or get a little closer to the fireworks show by heading to Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second St., for Steaks N’ Sparklers. There will be a steak dinner served picnic-style on the resort’s front lawn from 7-9 p.m. followed by a no-host bar and music from Smash Hit Carnival from 8-10 p.m. Tickets are $85 adults; $35 children 3-12; free for children 2 and younger and available through

If a lakeside seat isn’t good enough, consider one of two fireworks cruises: family or VIP. The family cruise is $35.25 for adults, $31.25 for children 3-12 and free for children 2 and younger. The VIP cruise, for those 21 and older, includes hors d’oeuvres and two beverages. Tickets are $61.25. Both cruises are two hours and depart from Independence Point at 8:30 p.m.

You also could head to Cedars Floating Restaurant, 1514 N. Marina Drive, for dinner and a show. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat gourmet buffet featuring appetizers, dinner, dessert and champagne, then watch the fireworks. Tickets are $75 per person; $25 for children under 12. Reservations are required. Call (208) 664-2922.

Liberty Lake

At noon, take in the parade at Alpine Shores. Then at 6 p.m., head to Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Road, for a performance by Rub and Tuxedo Junction, followed by fireworks.

Silver Valley

Kellogg City Park (Hill Street and Railroad Avenue) is the place to be for an afternoon of Fourth fun. Check out a farmers market and craft fair, plus enjoy a local brewery beer garden. John Kelley will perform from 2-5 p.m., followed by a set from Hawthorne Roots from 5-8 p.m.


Spend the day at Harrison City Park, 251 Harrison St., to celebrate the Fourth. You can ride the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, enjoy lake activities, the public beach and marina or check out vendors from 2-6 p.m. There will be live music from Jam Shack from 4-8 p.m., then a fireworks show at dusk overlooking the water.


Head downtown in the morning for a parade sponsored by Sandpoint Lions Club, then head to City Beach in the afternoon for performances and a raffle, then a fireworks show at dusk.


Head to Sunnyside Park, 147 SW Cedar St., for music from Community Band of the Palouse, Dan Maher and the Fabulous Kingpins. There also will be inflatables for children, barbecue, cotton candy, caramel apples, popcorn, pie, ice cream and more. The fireworks show at the end of the night will be choreographed to music with help from Hits100, New Country 104.3 FM and KQQQ 1150 AM.

Airway Heights

Head to Northern Quest Resort and Casino’s outdoor concert venue at 4:30 p.m. for free activities for children, food, a beer garden and music. At 10 p.m., the “largest and longest fireworks display in the region” will begin.

Post a photo of the fireworks on Facebook, and you could win $400. If you’d like to enjoy the casino, there are hot seats from 4-8:30 p.m. and free cash drawings for $1,776 after the fireworks. For the grand finale, the person who guesses closest to the number of balls inside a truck in the lobby by Windfall without going over wins $4,000 cash.

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