NOTE: A dry summer has cancelled the traditional fireworks displays at Mulcahy Stadium and in Eagle River this year, but there are still many ways to celebrate Independance Day, Alaska style.
Friday, July 3, 2015
The community of Eagle River gets a jump start on Independence Day celebrations. Sponsored by the Eagle River Lions Club, food, entertainment and games in Eagle River Lions Park make the most of 19 hours of daylight. The extra sun means plenty of fun before nightfall!
If you'd like to stay in Anchorage, The Anchorage Downtown Partnership plans a special concert. The Levitt AMP Anchorage Music Series brings California-based band Planting Seeds onstage with opening act Roar ‘n Represent from 5–8 p.m. in Town Square Park. This fun event is a perfect gathering place for you and your friends or family. Enjoy the outdoor seating and tables, kick back with your beverage of choice, and soak in the summer fun.
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Anchorage’s Delaney Park Strip is host to the annual Anchorage July 4th Celebration; rise and shine and hit the pancake breakfast, at 8 a.m. Then head from pancakes to procession; the Anchorage 4th of July Parade begins at 11 a.m. with a festival following. The event is open from noon to 6 p.m. and includes rides, games, vendors and food.
If you’re hungry, grab a bite to eat before the annual fireworks show. Anchorage dining includes some of the freshest seafood in the world, which Alaska chefs offer up in a variety of mouth-watering creations in Anchorage restaurants.
The annual Glacier Pilots-Bucs Alaska Baseball League doubleheader takes place at Mulcahy Stadium, with the games starting at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Though the fireworks have been called off by conditions, this year's double header still has something special. It's a throwback game with historic jerseys commemorating the Anchorage Centennial.
After a full day of activity and celebration, there's nothing quite like unwinding in a cozy room. Anchorage lodging choices provide the perfect combination of sophistication, comfort and amenities.
North of Eagle River, the Chugiak Fourth of July Parade will be held starting at the Latimer fire station on the Old Glenn Highway and finishing at the Chugiak Senior Center. Turn out to watch – or march in – the parade, and bring a sack to collect all the candy thrown out during the event.
A mountain tradition two hours south of Anchorage, the party in Seward begins at 12:01 a.m. on July 4th with fireworks. The biggest bang comes later that morning with the town’s famed race, Mount Marathon. It sounds simple: Start downtown, run to the top of the 3,022-foot mountain, then run back to the finish.
It is rumored the race originated as a bet between locals that the mountain could not be tackled in less than an hour. Runners get schooled by steep slopes and gravity, inertia and loose shale, and get introduced to oxygen debt and lung capacity. The winners are usually locals who can practice on the mountain, or Alaska Olympians who can turn oxygen into speed.
Sunday, July 5, 2015
If you're looking for a road trip you can head about 40 minutes south of Anchorage to the Girdwood Forest Fair. The annual event features hand-crafted items, exotic foods and entertainers from all over Alaska, along with the annual Forest Fair Parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Limited parking is available at the Alyeska Resort daylodge with shuttle service provided. There is no admission fee, only good times.
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