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It was a beautiful day for a parade, and today's Eastport Fourth of July Parade, well attended from the U.S. side of the border but without the usual Canadian contingent as the cross border travel restrictions between the U.S. and Canada remain in effect due to COVID-19.

Still, many friends from Canada turned to Facebook to wish their neighbors a happy Independence Day, and many on the south side of the border expressed appreciation.

"It is a Boundary County tradition," lifelong local resident Martha Daniel wrote. "They have participated in our parades for as long as I can remember. It is their neighborly way of saying they stand with us."

This year's Grand Marshal, Cliff Kramer, rode in a Mercedes a few rigs ahead of his little brother, Boundary County Sheriff Dave Kramer.

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With official Bonners Ferry and Troy parades and celebrations cancelled, many traveled north today who attended for the first time, or the first time in a while.

And as always, friends met up at Hall Mountain Fire Station 3 near Good Grief afterwards for great food and even better company for their Fourth of July potluck!

Here are some of the sights ... and on behalf of the communities we here call home, thank you and a tip of the hat to all who put it together, all who participated and all who came to watch!

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Mike Weland has been a journalist since serving as battalion Hometown News specialist in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division beginning in 1979. He is publisher, editor and reporter at KootenaiValleyTimes.com, which he launched in March, 2018.

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