Community rallies to ensure a grand event
By Colin Anderson
As the state of Idaho moved into Phase 4 of re-opening in mid-June, it was apparent that larger group activities would be allowed come Fourth of July weekend. The annual celebration put on by the Sandpoint Lions Club had been canceled because of uncertainty during the onset of the pandemic. In May, resident Ron Korn saw the timeline for re-opening and began a campaign to put on a Fourth of July celebration. Within weeks, the idea became a reality.
Almost immediately businesses and community members started sharing the idea on social media and directing people to Korn’s website, Sandpoint4th.com. Within just a few weeks enough donations were raised (many businesses offering up $1,000 or more) to fund the celebration that will include family fun activities, a parade and a brilliant fireworks display.
You can start lining up early for the parade, which is scheduled to begin at 10am. Floats and displays will gather at 4th and Church and make their way through downtown.
Immediately following the parade, families can head over to Travers Park, where the celebration will keep going throughout the afternoon. Following an opening ceremony, there will be all kinds of fun to be had. There will be a large barbecue on-site as well as various other food and beverage vendors. A DJ will play music throughout the day, and there will also be a silent auction to help fund the event. Play softball or volleyball, or challenge someone to a game of corn hole. Gunny sack, three-legged races and a dunk tank will keep the kids entertained throughout the day.
A fireworks display will be set off over City Beach at 10pm to conclude the holiday festivities. For additional information or to make a donation, visit Sandpoint4th.com.