Coeur d’Alene residents host July 4th car parade in place of canceled one

COEUR d’ALENE, Idaho — Coeur d’Alene’s annual Fourth of July Festival and Parade may have been canceled this year, but that didn’t stop people in North Idaho from celebrating. 

People lined the streets of downtown on Saturday morning, decked out in red, white and blue. 

Cars drove past, waving American flags. To some, the celebration was an indicator of people coming together despite difficult times. 

“I think it feels the same as always,” said Idaho resident Rosemary Phillips. “We love the USA, we love the patriotism, nothing’s changed. We can still take the kids fishing, the fireworks, sparklers… nothing’s changed.”

Each year, hundreds flock to Coeur d’Alene to watch the car parade and fireworks display over the lake. Those events were canceled this year because of a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases statewide

“We were disappointed, but it was very exciting to see the other parade come,” said Debbie Levis, visiting from California. “We wanted to, we all bought the Old Navy shirts and we were going to come down and be patriotic.”

There are currently 6,994 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Idaho. 357 of the people who have tested positive are from Kootenai County, where one person has died. 

Events in Spokane were canceled for similar reasons. Instead of the usual fireworks show at Riverfront Park, you can catch a drive-in display at one of four locations around Spokane.

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