Experience the Best 4th of July on a Boat


The 4th of July is almost here and that means a lot of celebrating for our country as she celebrates her 243rd birthday this year!

Are you wanting to spend the holiday on a boat? If so, great! Below, we’ll go over tons of boat activities you can experience over the 4th of July to make sure you enjoy the day with your friends and family.

Lake activities

There are tons of activities to participate in, on and around Lake Coeur d’Alene. Swim at the public beaches, take a hike up Tubbs Hill, etc. The options are endless.

If you’re looking for some boating activities, there are plenty of options in that department too!


In July, the water in Lake Coeur d’Alene is finally starting to warm up to decent temperatures. So, find yourself a nice corner on the lake (try Beauty Bay) and spend the afternoon swimming and practicing on the paddleboard. 

Stick to locations that are out of the main waterways and rivers to avoid waves and excessive traffic. That way, it’s more peaceful and private, and safe for you and others. 


What’s 4th of July without a bit of adventure! Lake CDA is large enough that you can go tubing without feeling too cramped with other boats around. So pack that giant tube up and hit the water.

Make sure to avoid areas like rivers and narrow channels, though. Stick to the main portion of the lake and keep your eye out for passerby. And most importantly- don’t forget your orange flag. Whenever you are swimming or tubing, you must have a visible orange flag on your vessel to let others know people are in the water. 

Beach it!

Not a lot of people know this, but there are few places along Lake Coeur d’Alene where you can actually beach your boat. 

A pretty popular place to do this is along Higgens Point because it’s close to a drop in point, accessible by the trails, and has a nice beach for picnics and swimming.

The beach there is graded, which is extremely important when beaching a boat. You don’t want drop offs because you’re boat won’t stay secure. Likewise, you don’t want shallow shelves because your boat won’t be able to get to the beach before scraping the bottom. Thus, Higgens is ideal because it’s the perfect mix.

Beaching a boat is not easy, nor is it silly business, so do your research on safe locations to do this and be sure to know how to do it properly to keep your boat from getting damaged. Once you’re prepared, find a nice place to beach it and enjoy the afternoon in paradise.


Looking to make a long weekend out of the holiday? Sounds like fun! 

The lake is well known for several of its campgrounds. Mica Bay, Harrison, Blackwell Island, and more all offer overnight camping accommodations. Make sure to do research on the locations, as they are spread all over the lake.

For Example – Harrison is on the southeast side of the lake and is about 45 minutes drive from downtown CDA. If you are wanting to be close to the action, you may want to consider something like Blackwell or Mica Bay instead. But with prime location comes higher prices, so pick your battles.


It wouldn’t be the 4th of July without fireworks to spark our excitement! The resort typically puts on a fireworks show after sundown. If you would prefer to watch it from land, feel free to do so. 

The resort actually holds several buffets and events right on the water. They’ll feed you and the family, and give you front row seats to the show. All you have to do is show up and enjoy.

If you’re a boater to the core, though, you can watch it from the water. Just be prepared to pick a spot on the lake fairly early in the day. It looks huge but when you pack it with boats, it can fill up quick. 

Be prepared for delays in getting home that night, too. Boating at night requires a lot of extra time for safety, and even more so when there are hundreds of boats trying to leave at the same time. 


Not interested in the boating traffic following the show? Then this might be the best option for you!

Not only does the CDA resort offer a stunning fireworks show, but they also offer cruises for everyone to enjoy.

There are several options including a family friendly cruise and a VIP 21+ cruise. Either way, there are gourmet hors d’oeuvres available and an uninterrupted view of the magic!

Interested in booking a cruise? Click here for more information on the family cruise and here for the VIP adult-only. Don’t wait too long, tickets go fast! 

Join us this year

Whatever boating activity you decide to partake in this 4th of July holiday, you’re bound to have tons of fun.

If you’re in need of a boat to experience some of these awesome adventures, then join us this year! Resort Boat Rentals is located right on the dock of the Coeur d’Alene resort. We offer plenty of amenities, including pontoon boat rentals, sport boat rentals, paddleboard rentals, and more.

Give us a call today and let’s plan your 4th of July vacation together!