Help needed to celebrate 248 years of independence

John Becker and the crew working diligently to put on another outstanding Bonners Ferry Independence Day on Thursday, July 4, are still looking for volunteers, a necessary ingredient for any local event of this magnitude.

Needed are helpers to run the BBQ, hand out food and drinks, run the till and do all the hard but rewarding work of keeping the hungry crowd fed and happy, and individuals, groups, businesses or organizations to organize and put on activities, games or challenges for kids of all ages.

To volunteer or learn more, call John Becker at (208) 255-8955 or email

The celebration kicks off with the Fourth of July Parade through downtown Bonners Ferry at 3 p.m., with staging beginning at the fairgrounds at 2 p.m. This year’s theme is “America – Heroes & Legends, and awards will be given for Best American Spirit, Best Laughs, Best Overall and Hometown Proud.

The Fourth parade permit doesn’t allow sirens or thrown candy, but does allow candy to be handed out, especially full size Snickers, Mr. Goodbars, Almond Joy … ahem … sorry, just a suggestion!

There’ll be vendors, food booths and activities after the parade until just before the first skyrockets soars.

Music at the fairgrounds begins at 4 p.m. at the Fairgrounds with an hour-long set by local musicians Edgar and the Professor at 4 p.m., then Jeremy Espino takes the stage from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by Spool Effect playing their first set from 7 to 8 p.m.

The Bonners Ferry Community Orchestra will play from 7 to 8 p.m. and Spool Effect will return to the stage. Closing ceremonies begin at 9:30 p.m. and fireworks will light up the night sky beginning at 10:10 p.m.

As always, the 2024 Bonners Ferry Fourth of July celebration, the 248th year of American Independence is made possible by generous donations, and this year’s top donor is Grocery Outlet, 6355 Main Street, Bonners Ferry, and owners Haley McQueen and Blake Bevans, who contributed nearly 40-percent of the funds raised this year.

Pitching in $1,000 or more were Bonners Ferry Family Medicine, Bushnell L aw and White Mountain Chain.

As you enjoy the fun and fireworks you can also thank Mountain West Bank, Andrakay Pluid, Rona Hall, Sommer Kohanek, Jennifer Maynard, Rosanne Wanamaker, Olivia Drake, Rhonda Vogl, Family Flooring, Yoder Enterprises, Stockton Services, Alta Forest Products, Pro X, Toasty bile Saunas, Prime Munitions, Idaho Forest Group, Adam Reeves, Melissa Stolley, Hanner Homestead, David Clark, Jodi Holman, Kris Schnuerle, Terry Johnson, Cornerstone Urgent Care & Family Medicine, KG&T, Trusted Computer Consulting, Sturgeon Station, Kootenai River Inn & Casino , Sonic, P1FCU, Caribou Creek Log Homes, JB’s Les Schwab, IBEX Metals, North Idaho Welding& Supply, Beck’s Furniture and North Idaho Collision.