Independence Day

There were times during this cool, rain drenched spring when it seemed like it would never happen, but summer is finally here!  We know because July 4th is coming up this weekend and the sun has come out just in time to help us celebrate.

Summer is prime time to show your colors for Wilderness, and we invite you to join in one (or more) of the many events arrayed around “our” wilderness — and beyond — for the Independence Day celebrations.

What can you do for the Scotchman Peaks next weekend? Here are some great options:

In Sandpoint, Noxon, Heron and Clark Fork, we invite marchers and parade watchers alike to wear their Scotchman Peaks hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts and bandannas in and along the parade routes. If you want to march with us, get up a sign that says “Will Work For Wilderness!” and bring it along or just show up in your best Scotchman’s t-shirt apparel!

In  Sandpoint, the Independence Day parade and celebration takes place on Saturday, July 3.  So, you can get an early start on your Independence Day celebrating (and maybe even get in another parade the on the “real” 4th!). Meet us for the Sandpoint parade between 9:30am and 9:45am on Church Street on the west side of 5th Avenue. Look for the Scotchman Peaks banners. For more specific information, contact

For the Clark Fork parade, get down to the lyrics of “This Land is Your Land.” Meet near Hays Chevron at 9:00 Pacific on Sunday the 4th. For more specific information, contact

Heron and Noxon hold their 4th of July parades in tandem; Noxon first, and then Heron, with enough time between to get from one to the other. The Noxon parade begins at high noon, Mountain Time. (That’s 11 a.m. for you Idahodians). Gather at 11:30, Mountain. Watch for our banners. The Heron parade begins at 1:30 (Just enough time to scoot down the back road from Noxon. Gather at 1:00 at the Heron Community Center. For more specific information, contact

And for the rest of our Friends all over the country, put on your T-shirts, hats and bandannas and  go to the parade, the picnic, the baseball game and the fireworks of your choice. When someone asks you why you’re wearing the cool swag and where you got it, give them your best 30-second wilderness speech and invite them to visit us at

From the staff and all the volunteers from the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, Happy Fourth of July!

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About The Author:

Phil Hough is the Executive Director of the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.

He has hiked the "triple crown": the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific Crest trail (twice). He has also paddled the length of the Yukon river. Phil's love of wilderness guides him as he works to save the incrediblly wild Scotchman Peaks, one of the last and largest roadless places in northern Idaho and western Montana.

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