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The Spokane area saw few emergencies that could be traced back to Fourth of July fireworks over the weekend. Assistant chief Brian Schaeffer of Spokane Fire said his department saw only two small house fires and three brush fires that were likely caused by fireworks and none of them caused much damage.
The Fourth of July is more about duty than barbecues and fireworks – at least to many who celebrated on Sunday.
The Spokane Valley fireworks company responsible for most of the July Fourth shows in the Inland Northwest is gearing up for its busiest day of the year. Entertainment Fireworks stages 46 of the fireworks shows around this area, including those in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, Pullman, Harrison, Sandpoint, Bayview and Wenatchee. This year, said Rich Vaughan, the company’s eastern regional manager, an old debate seems to have reared its head: Which is the biggest?
Fourth of July, Sandpoint - Saturday, kiddie parade, 9 a.m.; grand parade, 10 a.m.; live music throughout the day; fireworks at dusk, City Beach. Free. (208) 263-7796 Fourth of July, Riverfront Park – Saturday-Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. each day with park pass specials, food, vendors, arts and crafts, beer garden. Live music each day at 1 p.m. on the Clocktower Stage and 3 p.m. on the Lilac Bowl Stage. Saturday, “Blazing Guns at Roaring Gulch,” live Western melodrama by Ignite Community Theatre, 7:30 p.m.; outdoor showing of Spokane-filmed movie “The Basket,” 9:15 p.m., Lilac Bowl Stage. Sunday, opening ceremony, 7 p.m.; Spokane Jazz Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., Lilac Bowl stage, followed by fireworks at 10 p.m. Free; reserved fireworks seating available on stairs across from Floating Stage for $8. (509) 625-6600
The mountains are waiting for hikers, boaters and campers to arrive on Fourth of July holiday weekend, but not necessarily with open arms. Snow still plugs some of the high-country trails and access roads.
SPOKANE – The Spokane Humane Society will waive adoption fees through Saturday on cats, kittens and select dogs, during their “Freedom by the 4th” event.
A 74-year-old man killed Tuesday in an all-terrain vehicle crash near the Fourth of July Pass parking lot in Kootenai County was identified Wednesday as Cleo B. “Bud” Dodge, of Coeur d’Alene. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department reported that Dodge was with three friends, all ATV riders, about 1:45 p.m. when he crashed into a gate on Forest Service Trail 800.
RIVERSIDE – Riverfront Park will celebrate Independence Day all weekend long.
A 74-year-old man killed Tuesday in an all-terrain vehicle crash near the Fourth of July Pass parking lot in Kootenai County was identified this morning as Cleo B. “Bud” Dodge, of Coeur d’Alene.