July 4th Celebration
Anchorage, Alaska turns the Last Frontier red, white and blue for the Fourth of July. The city starts our Independence Day celebrations early – and not just because Alaska loves a good party.
*While most 2020 events — including Anchorage's Fourth of July celebration at Delaney Park Strip, Eagle River's fireworks display, and Seward's Fourth of July celebration and Mount Marathon race — have been canceled as a public safety precaution against the spread of COVID-19, it's never too early to start planning for summer 2021.*
Independence Day Early in Eagle River
The community of Eagle River gets a jump start on Independence Day celebrations on July 3. 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, and fireworks as the sun gently dips for a few hours.
Fourth of July in Anchorage
Anchorage’s Delaney Park Strip is traditionally host to the annual Anchorage July 4 Celebration, featuring a pancake breakfast, community parade, and festival on the park strip. The event is open from noon to 6 p.m. and includes music, 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 Alaska Baseball League Fourth of July doubleheader between crosstown rivals the Anchorage Glacier Pilots and the Anchorage Bucs takes place at Mulcahy Stadium, with the games starting at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Fireworks put an exclamation point on the conclusion of the second game. The best spot to see the fireworks is right near the action. Grab a blanket or folding chair and stake out a place on Kosinski Fields next to Mulcahy Stadium. The fireworks typically start at the conclusion of a baseball doubleheader at Mulcahy Stadium. Plan for a start time for fireworks sometime after 11 p.m.
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.
South of Anchorage
A mountain tradition two hours south of Anchorage, the party in Seward begins at 12:01 a.m. on July 4 with fireworks. The biggest bang comes later that morning with the town's famed race, Mount Marathon. The course is straightforward, but far from easy: 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.
The first weekend in July is also the start of Forest Fair in nearby Girdwood. Music, crafts, food, and plenty of good times fill the mountain town from July 4-8, 2020.