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CdA fireworks show will go on despite funding shortfall

CdA fireworks show will go on despite funding shortfall

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Freedom isn't free and fireworks aren't either, so while the annual Fourth of July fireworks show in Coeur d'Alene is scheduled for this Friday, the Chamber of Commerce still needs $10,000 to pick up the tab for the pyrotechnics.

Every year thousands of people head to the Lake City on the morning of the Fourth to line Sherman Avenue and prepare to spend the day celebrating our nation's independence.

"The fireworks show is always magnificent everyone goes out on their boat and it just really brings everyone together," Rhiannon Reese said.

The problem is that there's a pretty big price tag for that celebration. Steve Wilson with the Chamber of Commerce says they've raised about $15,000 for the annual show.

"We are about $10,000 short," he said.

"I think the Fourth has caught everybody by surprise, the town is just recovering from a fabulous Ironman," Wilson added.

The funding for the show is paid for entirely by donations from the community.

"We always felt it was a grassroots effort so we want the community to be part of it and hopefully they will continue to contribute," Wilson said.

Rhiannon Reese spends every Fourth of July in Coeur d'Alene and the fireworks are her favorite part.

"I can't imagine what it would be like without the huge fireworks show, that is what I am always excited about," she said.

Short on funds or not, the show will go on, as the fireworks have already been purchased, so the Chamber is going to be asking for donations during the parade Friday. They'll have roller derby girls with buckets riding around hoping to collect some last-minute cash.

Wilson said they've never failed to raise enough cash to cover the fireworks show and is confident the community will pull together and come up with the money.