With July 4 falling on Saturday this year there is no shortage of ways to celebrate Independence Day in the region. Even dogs will be dressed in red white and blue.
Old-fashioned fire truck rides and stagecoach rides will be featured along with outdoor children’s games and activities like a dunk tank and bouncy castle. There will be live music, a show and shine and local vendors will be selling food and drinks. Admission is free.
At 4:30 p.m. the Lewiston Community Band will begin a free concert of classic patriotic music.
CLARKSTON — The all-ages Red, White and Blues Music Festival is Saturday at Lancer Lanes and Casino.
Gates open at 4 p.m. with music at 5 and fireworks at 10.
Blues musicians and bands performing include Cee Cee James, Paul Hernandez Trio, Aury Moore Band and the Simon Tucker Group featuring Lewiston-Clarkston Valley native Simon Tucker. There will be barbecue and food vendors and a beer garden. No outside coolers will be allowed. People are invited to bring lawn chairs for seating.
Tickets are $25 at the gate or $20 in advance. Veterans will receive a 20 percent discount. Children ages 12 and under are free. Tickets are available at the casino at 1250 Bridge St., (509) 758-4400 or online at www.flavorus.com.
CLARKSTON — The 30th Annual Community Spirit Fireworks show is Saturday night at Adams Field.
The free event typically draws 4,000-5,000 people to the Clarkston High Football field for an up-close view of the 30-minute display.
Festivities kick-off at 7 p.m. with music by the Working Poor until the fireworks at 10.
Area vendors will sell food and 3-D glasses will be available for viewing the display. Glasses can also be picked up in advance through today from the Alternative Nursing Services office locations in Lewiston or Kamiah.
Donations will be accepted to help fund the cost of the show. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Red Cross of Greater Idaho. American flags will also be available by donation.
MOSCOW — Free ice cream, patriotic readings and red, white and blue decorated dogs will mark Moscow’s July 4 celebration.
The event is from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at Friendship Square, where the Moscow Farmers Market will also be taking place. There will be a reading of the Declaration of Independence and political observations from local elected officials and others.
At the Mutt Strutt, area canines in red, white and blue will be judged by applause for prizes. Signups for the Mutt Strutt are 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the celebration table in the square. Dogs with their owners/handlers will assemble at noon.
The celebration concludes at 1 p.m. with a sing-along to “This Land Is Your Land.”
PULLMAN — Pullman’s 40th annual community Fourth of July celebration starts at 5 p.m. Saturday at Sunnyside Park.
The party starts with a barbecue at the park shelter with hamburgers, hotdogs, barbecue beef and chicken sandwiches, watermelon, corn-on-the-cob and desserts for sale. The Community Band of the Palouse plays at 5:30 p.m., Pullman folksinger Dan Maher at 6:30 p.m. and the Fabulous Kingpins at 7:30 p.m. Glow sticks, bubbles and T-shirts will be for sale. Entry to a children’s play area is $1. Fireworks will end the night.
During the event there will be no personal fireworks allowed in the park, including sparklers. Alcohol is not permitted and people are asked to leave pets at home.
The western end of Main Street and SW Cedar Street will be closed to traffic on the holiday. Pullman Transit will operate a Special Event Service with additional routes which can be found online at pullmanchamber.com. All proceeds from the event help pay for the celebration. People who would like to donate desserts can contact Linda Mittelhammer at (509) 432-1662 for pick up or desserts can be brought to the park from 2-4 p.m. Saturday. People interested in volunteering can contact the Pullman Chamber of Commerce at (509) 334-3565.
OROFINO — People are invited to don a life jacket and float the Clearwater River Saturday at the unoffical Community Float kicking off July 4 festivities here.
The Orofino Rotary barbecue is at 4 p.m. at Orofino City Park. Veterans will be celebrated at the V.F.W. Veterans Parade at 5:30 p.m. down Michigan Avenue to the park. Live music by Audioburn starts at 6 p.m. with fireworks over the river at 10:10 p.m.
WINCHESTER — Fireworks over Winchester Lake State Park are part of Winchester Days celebrations Friday through Sunday.
Saturday’s activities include a Cowboy Breakfast from 6:30 to 9 a.m. at the Community Center, a parade at 10:01 a.m., a noon pig roast benefiting the Winchester Volunteer Fire Department and the Arena in the Pines rodeo at 2. Fireworks begin at dusk over the lake. There is a $5 entry fee to the park for those without a pass.
GRANGEVILLE — Grangeville’s 104th annual Border Days celebration will include parades, live music, the rodeo and fireworks Saturday.
Morning events include a Kiddies Parade at 10:30 a.m., followed by the big parade at 11. Art in the Park will take place at the city park where Old Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake will be served at 11 a.m.
The Bicentennial Museum will be open from 1-5 p.m. The rodeo starts at 2 p.m. Entry to the rodeo grounds includes a 7:30 p.m. performance by the Hitmen performing rock and country. Fireworks are at 10 p.m. at the football field.