COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho—Don’t forget to bring cash if you’re celebrating the 4th of July in Coeur d’Alene. Organizers said volunteers will be collection donations again this year to fund the massive firework show.
The Chamber of Commerce is about $16,000 short when it comes to paying for the $28,000 show over Lake Coeur d’Alene. However, the fireworks launch regardless of how much money is collected from the nearly 40,000 people who pack Coeur d’Alene ‘s waterfront to watch.
The day begins with a parade and ends with the Fireworks. It is something that Diana Higdem spends all year working on as an employee with the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce.
“Think of it this way, try planning a party for 40,000 people," said Higdem. “It’s a lot of work. It’s fun. It’s crazy."
The show has been paid for solely by donations the last few years. There are a few major sponsors, but without donations the Chamber of Commerce would be left figuring out the rest of the bill.
"We still pay it, but it kind of comes out of our bottom dollar and being that we're a non-profit, it kind of hits us hard sometimes. We still have to find a way to pull this together."
Higdem said it depends each year on how donations are, but the Chamber of Commerce rarely has any money left over to use on the show for the next year.
“It really does get worked out,” added Higdem. “There's no fear of this program going away. It’s here, and we're very proud of the show we put on."
Volunteers start collection donations during the July 4th parade at 11:00 a.m. Firework light up the Lake Coeur d’Alene at dusk around 9:45 p.m.