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Liberty Lake to host July Fourth events

It would be difficult to find a place more appropriate to celebrate our nation’s independence than a lake named Liberty. The Friends of Pavillion Park in Liberty Lake will present its annual Fourth of July celebration starting today.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The Rev. J. Neilson Barry, of Spokane, tried to warn parents about the menaces of the annual injury festival called the Fourth of July.

Granitas are an easy, grown-up variation on snow cones

As cool as ice cream but lighter and more refreshing, granitas are quite possibly the perfect summertime treat. While they aren’t as dense or as heavy as ice cream, they still offer plenty of intense flavors. And the semi-frozen dessert is super-simple to make from scratch.

July 5th show

Sometimes, even America gets a belated birthday greeting. That was the case in Republic, Wash., where the Chamber of Commerce had to postpone the town’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show after the truck delivering the fireworks broke down.

Floating Fourth

The horde of floating craft looked like a cross between “Waterworld” and a Macy’s parade. As they have for decades, boaters on Loon Lake decked out their watercraft in stars and stripes and topped the event off with a war of water balloons as they paraded along the docks on Independence Day. “I was raised on the lake,” Shelly Weiland, of Spokane, said Thursday. “This is our favorite holiday of the year.”

Loon Lake celebrates Fourth with boat parade

The horde of floating craft looked like a cross between “Waterworld” and a Macy’s parade. As they have for decades, boaters on Loon Lake decked out their watercraft in stars and stripes and topped the event off with a war of water balloons as they paraded along the docks on Independence Day.

Loon Lake Fourth of July Boat parade

Loon Lake property owners for the past 30 years have celebrated Independence Day by decorating boats, gathering in a group and parading the craft amidst all vacationers along the docks. Assaulting each other with water balloons up to water cannons, boaters compete for prizes for everything from the most patriotic to the most original boat decorations.

Test your patriotic knowledge this Fourth

So you think you’re a good patriot. You wear a flag pin on your pajamas, know that the last two words to “The Star Spangled Banner” are not “Play ball,” and bleed red, white and blue.

Fourth of July activities

Riverfront Park, Spokane – Features the Larry H. Miller Fireworks at 10 p.m., Steven King, Spokane Taiko Drums, Numerica Children’s Area featuring face painting, inflatables and magician Dick Frost, and Spokane-area square dancers. Admission is free. Pavillion Park, Liberty Lake – Concert with 6 Foot Swing and Tuxedo Junction presented by Friends of Pavillion Park. Fireworks over the lake will follow the concert, at approximately 10:10 p.m. Audience is encouraged to show up with family and friends prior to the appointed start time with low-back chairs, blankets and a picnic supper. Concessions will be available through the Liberty Lake Kiwanis. Admission is free.

Getting There: Fewer folks hitting road for holiday

The sluggish economy is being blamed for holding down the expected number of travelers during the July Fourth holiday period, according to AAA. An estimated 40.8 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home Wednesday through Sunday, the auto club said.

Celebrate America’s birthday with free fireworks and music

Fireworks, barbecues and parades are making their way to the Inland Northwest for Fourth of July celebrations. Since it’s illegal to shoot off any kind of fireworks across much of Spokane County, you might want to leave it to the professionals. Check out these free fireworks shows going on around town instead.

Celebrate July Fourth at Greenacres Park

The North Greenacres neighborhood is rolling out the red carpet again with their second annual Fourth of July celebration Thursday in Greenacres Park. The event is somewhat scaled back from last year’s schedule, with no evening events planned. The day was just too long last year, said organizer Mary Pollard. She said a lot of families left after the morning events last year. “We learned something from our first event.”