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.
DAY 1 START THE PARTY EARLY
Get a jump on Independence Day; fireworks shoot into the skies over Eagle River on July 3.
Greet the day at a popular downtown breakfast cafe. Fill up on Ship Creek Benedict or a Crabby Omelet before venturing out for a walk, around Town Square Park. Or, reap the benefits of tax-free shopping in Anchorage while browsing through enchanting shops and galleries around downtown.
Take lunch at a trendy museum restaurant before perusing 10,000 years of Alaska history at the Anchorage Museum. Embark on the delectable chocolate tour and enjoy scenery, history and some of the finest confections that Anchorage has to offer. Stroll down the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.
July 3rd, the Eagle River Lions Club hosts the community-wide Independence Day celebration. Located at Mile 1.5 of Eagle River Road, Lions Park is the scene for thousands to enjoy community entertainment, sky divers, games, and concessions. The evening's events begin at 6:30 p.m. and culminate at midnight with a terrific fireworks display. Crowds bring blankets and picnic baskets and come to enjoy the event under the midnight sun!
DAY 2 GO FOURTH AND CELEBRATE
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. Head from pancakes to procession; the Anchorage 4th of July Parade, begins at 11 a.m., with a festival following.
After the parade, the celebration continues with a festival at Delaney Park Strip from noon to 6 p.m. Enjoy rides, games, vendors and food. If you want a little music during your afternoon, head to Music in the Park held in downtown Anchorage at Peratrovich Park, from noon to 1 p.m.
From 5–8 p.m. catch Live After Five, a weekly Friday night concert series in Town Square Park. Enjoy the outdoor seating and tables, kick back with your beverage of choice, and soak in the summer fun. Head to the Mulcahy Stadium for the annual Glacier Pilots-Bucs Alaska Baseball League doubleheader, with the games starting at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Fireworks start at 11:20 p.m.
DAY 3 CONTINUE THE FESTIVITIES
Grab a coffee & head to Girdwood on Sunday, July 5, 2015, for fun in the forest.
Drive 45 minutes along scenic Turnagain Arm and Chugach Mountains to a mountain escape in Girdwood. Plenty of bald eagles (not to mention Dall sheep and beluga whales) hang out near the rich waters and mighty forests along the arm.
Get an eagle's-eye view of your own. The aerial tram at Alyeska Resort is the perfect (and easy) way to get up an see Alaska's splendor from higher elevation
Savor the Girdwood's delectable flavors at one of the many restaurants. From wild-caught seafood to modern twists on traditional comfort food, it's easy to find fare to fit your mood.