North Idaho

Coeur d'Alene ready to celebrate Independence Day

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - CdA 4th of July celebration

Cooler temperatures promise to make Coeur d'Alene a great place to spend your 4th of July in North Idaho.

The American Heroes Parade gets underway at 11 a.m. along Sherman Avenue Thursday morning, followed by food, fun and live music in Coeur d'Alene City Park.

A 4th of July on a Thursday means Coeur d'Alene will be cooking right through an extended weekend. The crew at Porky G's have doubled up the amount of meat they're smoking for the holiday weekend.

"Tomorrow's meat will be cooked tonight before we leave. The pit will be running all night long. Every two hours we'll come down and put some wood on to keep it going. So we do it in about a 24 hour stretch. We change shifts," Gene Hills at Porky G's Southern Style BBQ said.

People picnicking on City Beach will find the water's warmed up dramatically during this week's hot spell. Kym Murdoch of the Coeur d'Alene Paddle Board Company delivers rental boards to the shoreline so even visitors without a boat can still get out on the lake.

"It's way easier than in looks. A couple of minutes you're up and paddling," Murdoch said.

There is a lot of construction going on along the waterfront and Tubbs Hill so if you plan on spending the day in Coeur d'Alene you'll need to give yourself some extra time to find a new parking spot.

The McEuen Field makeover eliminated hundreds of spaces, but business owners think a little hardship now will make Coeur d'Alene that much more attractive in the future.

"I'm not sure what they're doing down there either but I think the parking garage is going to be really good because I don't have any parking out there, so hopefully it will bring more people in," Murdoch said.

Coeur d'Alene Police worry as people crowd the waterfront to take in the fireworks Thursday night some will wander into the McEuen construction zone.

"Because of all of the people who have been going in there after hours, some of the vandalism that's been occurring, and out of concern for their safety the city has gone ahead and marked that as no trespassing and that will be enforced," Sergeant Christie Wood with the Coeur d'Alene Police Department said.

Wood added that people should remember you cannot bring glass containers or alcohol or fireworks into any Coeur d'Alene park on Thursday. She also said you need to leave your dogs at home; dogs really don't like fireworks anyway.