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Fireworks fund grows

Donations coming in, but more are needed

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Posted: Sunday, June 24, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 11:21 am, Fri Nov 16, 2012.

COEUR d'ALENE - If freedom isn't free, then the celebratory fake bombs sure aren't either.

So far, the Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce is about one third of the way to its $60,000 fundraising goal for the town's Fourth of July celebration that is highlighted by the exploding fireworks show - the biggest of its kind in North Idaho.

Donations come in a variety of ways - from event sponsors to last-minute contributions dropped off during the Bucket Brigade right before the start of the parade - but around 33 percent of the total is in hand, according to Diane Higdem, events coordinator.

Sixty grand is a big goal, but it takes a lot to put on a day-long celebration.

It begins at 11 a.m. with the annual Fourth of July parade, emceed by Press columnist Kerri Thoreson. After the hour-long parade, City Park will be set up with vendors offering anything from elk burgers to karate lessons.

At 2 p.m., music kicks up the fun with the band "Nu Jack City," a local favorite playing the Motown sound.

The 2012 Marina Challenge has also hit the docks.

This year's participating marinas, Blackwell Island, Boardwalk, Silver Beach and Delavan's, all have empty buckets waiting to be filled with contributions.

The Coeur d'Alene Community Fireworks are solely funded by the community. Donations should be made to the Coeur d'Alene Chamber or mail to: Coeur d'Alene Community Fireworks, 105 N. 1st St. Coeur d'Alene, 83814, Attention: Diane Higdem.

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  • BrokerSinclair posted at 11:07 pm on Sun, Jun 24, 2012.

    BrokerSinclair Posts: 12

    As a father of 5 we are more than happy to contribute toward the fireworks celebration. It's our favorite time of the year in CdA. I'm happy to live in a town with enough giving people to make this event possible. What a great place we love. Proud to call CdA home.

  • ProIdaho posted at 12:58 pm on Sun, Jun 24, 2012.

    ProIdaho Posts: 251

    WOW! All of you now think it is a bad thing for local individuals to give a few bucks VOLUNTARILY to see a great fireworks display?

    Voxpop- to correct your lie, the LCDC decides how they spend the property tax money they take NOT the downtown business owners. Why do you think there are plenty of people who own property downtown that do not like LCDC or how it was given those powers.

    My own opinion-Hagadone does pay every cent of the Festival of Lights fireworks(which you and anyone else can watch for free). And what makes you think he doesn't donate money to the 4th fireworks? He pays his way through more property taxes than all of us here combined. Lastly, the 4th fireworks have been going on long before Hagadone ever owned the Resort property and the money was always generated from donations.

  • Ziggy posted at 10:58 am on Sun, Jun 24, 2012.

    Ziggy Posts: 1119

    This time of year when fireworks assault children, animals and the elderly, how much that money would mean to a homeless shelter, food bank, humane society, school supplies for poor kids, a camp for kids who have no $ to go to camp....the list is endless.

  • the floorist posted at 9:55 am on Sun, Jun 24, 2012.

    the floorist Posts: 331

    Those Chinese have come up with some very cool mortars. $60,000 worth should be quite impressive. Mr. Hagadone does a great Christmas...he likes Christmas more than summer it seems.

  • my own opinion posted at 8:08 am on Sun, Jun 24, 2012.

    my own opinion Posts: 397

    I aggree voxpop! I say Hagadon should pay for his own parties! the taxpayers in other citys pay for his parties also. I live in Hayden and glad that the Ironbutt got the course changed with all those stuck up better then you types clogging up the roads at some points the only way in or out. Host in your backyard Hagadon! pay your way and with not the taxpayers money.

  • voxpop posted at 6:35 am on Sun, Jun 24, 2012.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    This isn't about celebration, it's about greed. Local downtown businesses want - AGAIN - for locals to pay to attract customers. If that's what they want - fine. Just let them pay the bill. Isn't $40M out of taxpayer pockets enough?

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