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Riverfront Park 4th of July Celebration

Riverfront Park 4th of July Celebration

Fourth of July festivities in Spokane's Riverfront Park kick off in less than 24 hours, with all-day fun for kids and kids at heart. And to make sure you don't miss a thing, we've compiled a list of all the day's activities in one easy-to-find place.

 

Clocktower Stage

  • Noon – Square Dancers
  • 2:00 pm – Spokane Aerial
  • 4:00 pm – Blue Door Improv

 

Lilac Bowl Stage

  • 2:00 pm – Steven King
  • 7:30 pm – Opening Ceremony
  • 8:00 pm – Spokane Jazz Orchestra
  • 10:00 pm – Spokane Tribe of Indians Fireworks Display

 

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Riverside State Park wants to make you Happy

Does visiting Riverside State Park make you Happy? That's the theme of a new music video they debuted this week.

Featuring a funky park ranger who isn't afraid to bust a move and hundreds of volunteers dancing to the hit song Happy by Pharell Williams, the video has already been viewed 12-hundred times since it was posted last Friday.

Anyone with a keen eye will also be able to pick out some of their favorite locations in the park, and maybe even a guest appearance by none other than Smokey Bear.

Riverside State Park is a 14,000-acre camping park along the Spokane and Little Spokane rivers. The park supports a wide variety of recreational activities and is rich in history.

Freshwater marshes, running rivers and beautiful countryside make up the terrain. The park also includes the Nine Mile Recreation Area which is available for camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing and boating.

Firework sales blast off this weekend

Firework sales blast off this weekend

The Fourth of July is just a week away, and firework sales begin this weekend!

Washington State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy wants to remind residents to know the local laws before purchasing and discharging fireworks, and to make sure you are only using legal fireworks. This year, 937 licenses were issued for retail firework stands.

A fireworks ban has been in place in the unincorporated areas of Spokane County for 21 years, as well as Spokane, Spokane Valley, Cheney and Liberty Lake.

Fireworks are legal on private property in Airway Heights, Medical Lake and Deer Park.

Bottle rockets, missiles and firecrackers are illegal anywhere in Washington state.

In Coeur d'Alene, non-aerial fireworks are allowed on private property but not in public places like Tubbs Hill or City Park.

If you do find yourself in an area where fireworks are allowed, there are some guidelines you to keep in mind to make sure your family has a safe and fun Fourth.

Husband holds golf tournament to raise money for wife's lung transplant

Husband holds golf tournament to raise money for wife's lung transplant

A Spokane woman is fighting for her life, in need of a double lung transplant after battling cystic fibrosis for 30 years.

John Moriarty says his wife Gina is the love of his life, right up there with golf, and she's in need of some serious help.

"About a year ago Gina came down with a very severe case of pneumonia. She was in the hospital for two months and there was a lot of damage done to her lungs," John said.

Gina was diagnosed at age two and now at age 30 has just 15 percent lung capacity.

To help raise money for Gina's medical costs, John has changed the focus of his annual charity golf tournament "The Big Kahuna" to help his wife.

"It's a double shotgun start on July 12, four person teams. It's a scramble format, and its all for fun," said John.

The procedure will cost nearly $1 million and insurance is covering most of it, but there are still a lot of expenses they will be paying out of pocket.

"We have to actually move over to Seattle and live in transplant housing, and that's something that's not covered by insurance and it's roughly $3-4 thousand a month," said John.

Volunteers still needed for Hoopfest

Volunteers still needed for Hoopfest

Hoopfest is just two weeks away, and the world’s largest three on three basketball tournament is still in need of volunteers! It takes over 3,000 volunteers to make the weekend of hoops and fun happen.


Interested in volunteering? Here are the areas and shifts that Hoopfest still needs volunteers for:

Honor Flight pays tribute to Shell 77 crew

Honor Flight pays tribute to Shell 77 crew

Inland Northwest Honor Flight takes local vets to Washington DC to visit the national memorials, but the most recent flight honored another crew, the Fairchild airmen of Shell 77 who died when their KC-135 crashed in Kyrgyzstan last May.

There were close to 90 veterans aboard the Honor Flight at Spokane International Airport Tuesday morning, including John Ponis and Clayton Peterson, two WWII veterans who have been friends she they were drafted together and served in the Army.

"We have been together ever since Fort Lewis induction center," John Ponis said.

It was back in 1945 while in boot camp that Ponis met his lifelong best friend Clayton Peterson. The only significant time the two have spent apart was an 11-month stretch during their deployment

?He ended up on a different island and when we came back he was on a different ship,? Peterson explained.

After being discharged the two found each other again and looked for jobs in eastern Washington, where they ended up finding work on the Columbia Basin Project.

Honor Flight dedicates trip to Fairchild airmen killed in Kyrgyzstan

Honor Flight dedicates trip to Fairchild airmen killed in Kyrgyzstan

Spokane Honor Flight is taking off Tuesday morning, sending World War II veterans to the nation's capital to experience their memorial, free of charge.

Honor Flight is a way to remember those who have served, and those who never came home. More than 100-thousand World War II veterans have flown to Washington D.C. to visit the memorial that honors their service and sacrifice and reminisce with fellow servicemen.

"It is a way of recognizing and rewarding the sacrifices in some cases of veterans who have served our country," says veteran Richard Nowell, scheduled for Tuesday's flight.

This particular flight is dedicated to the three airmen from Fairchild Air Force Base who list their lives during a refueling mission when their KC-135 crashed last year in Kyrgyzstan.

"I think it's quite an honor to those three who lost their lives in the service of our country. I think it's a great great way to dedicate this particular honor flight," says Nowell.

The 89 veterans on this flight will return on Wednesday.