North Idaho

American Heroes parade kicks of 4th of July festivities

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - By 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning, thousands lined the streets of downtown Coeur d'Alene for the annual "American Heroes" parade. 

Men, women and children packed the sidewalks along Sherman Avenue to catch a glimpse of fire trucks, marching bands and veterans. The parade kicked off a long day of 4th of July celebrations in Coeur d'Alene, all organized by the Chamber of Commerce.

"It's a great day to have my job," said Chamber of Commerce President Steve Wilson.  "It's a beautiful day - the parade is spectacular, the weather couldn't be better. We moved the parade a little bit earlier, little cooler, I think it's working out good - my staff did an awesome job putting it together."

Following the parade - the park and downtown streets were filled with live music and food, all leading up to one of the regions oldest firework traditions at 10 p.m.