COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

Communities across the Inland Northwest celebrated Independence Day, among them Coeur d'Alene, where thousands lined Sherman Avenue Friday morning for the annual American Heroes parade.

"With everybody out here and the parade, this is what community is all about,” parade watcher Chris Visconti said.

But beyond the parade, Visconti and many others appreciate even more the reason behind the parade.

"It's Americana, it's appreciating what our veterans have done,” Visconti said.

"I think it's a lot of celebrating America, there is a lot of 'Go USA' and celebrating our great rights here in USA,” Laurie Brown, who's visiting the Lake City from Seattle, said.

“It is very festive, I think families come back from all over the country just to meet for the 4th of July,” she added.

Browne loves to spend Independence Day in her hometown with her family at this special parade.

"We knew based on tradition that you have to come really early and put your seats out so we were here at 8,” she said.

What capped off the day was the beautiful weather which made the parade even better.

“Beautiful resort town, this is our backyard, you can't ask for anything more,” Visconti said.