We opted for the lake-town experience this July 4th holiday. For us, Coeur d’Alene offers the quintessential lakeside escapade. This mid-size town knows how to party like a small town, yet play hard, like a big town. We had the most lovely and relaxing holiday. It was just what our traveling crew needed.

A Patriotic July 4th Parade

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We kicked off the day with a small town parade. July 4th parades have always been a favorite of mine and we have been able to enjoy many of them throughout the years.

The parade in Coeur d’Alene (CDA) was fairly large. What impressed us most was the patriotism that we observed. I loved witnessing the honor that was given to our Veterans and men and women of service.

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There was a substantial marching memorial dedicated to the locals that have died in combat and service. It was quite touching.

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I also enjoyed the tribute to domestic goddesses, there was at least two or three groups in the parade…you know, the stay-at-home mamas, the homed educator, the household CEO, the mamas who sacrifice to raise their children at home. Please do not hear me wrong…I support mamas who choose to work at home and those who choose to work out of the home. However, in my 14 years of motherhood, I have observed that mothers in the corporate workplace are celebrated for their hardwork, while mothers who stay home are considered lucky to do so, rather than sacrificing to do so. It is my opinion that both are difficult jobs…it depends on what your calling is. So I truly appreciated this celebration of motherhood, where the hardwork that I pour into my role as mom, was given equal weight to those who work a 9-to-5.

Family Time On The Lake

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After the parade, we relocated to Tubbs Hill, where we spent the afternoon lakeside. This is one of our favorite places on Lake Coeur d’Alene. We can usually find a somewhat private nook-and-cranny on the lake to set up camp. My kids love floating in the countless coves and jumping from the bolders.

We picnicked. We floated. We swam. We relaxed. It was idyllic.

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I was blessed to enjoy the sun and watch my crew play hard in the water. One of my favorite rewards of the summer.

Fireworks In CDA

Late in the afternoon we headed home for dinner and showers, before preparing for the most cherished of July 4th events…the fireworks!

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We did not want to spend all evening on the grass, staking out a spot, so we drove to downtown around eight o’clock. We parked about a mile from McEuen Park and walked down to the grassy field.

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We planted our chairs on the grass with a few flags and enjoyed a bucket of summer cherries while we waited for the ten o’clock fireworks. Yes, it stays light so late, that the fireworks are pretty late up in the northern states. Last year we were up in Michigans UP (Upper Peninsula) and found the same thing….late fireworks.

The fireworks were quite nice, not the best we have seen by any means, but they provided a lovely finale to a wonderful holiday.

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July 4th in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho is a treat for locals and visitors alike. Have you celebrated a holiday here?

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