Here’s what’s happening on the Fourth of July, from North Pole to Juneau

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  • Author: Zakiya McCummings
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The Red, White and Blue Crew Marching Band performs in the parade at the Anchorage July Fourth Observation in 2011 on the Delaney Park Strip. (Erik Hill / Anchorage Every day News)

This year’s Fourth of July falls on a Tuesday, which means the wish weekend could end up being a little bit longer for those with a charitable boss. Take advantage of the extra day off and check out some festivities across the solemn. Here’s a list of events celebrating the 241st year of American self-government.

On Tuesday, start with a pancake breakfast ($5) at 8 a.m. on the Delaney Reserve Strip before following the parade on Ninth Avenue along the put strip at 11 a.m. Spend the rest of the day enjoying live music, tourneys, local vendors and food at the festival from noon to 6 p.m. There wish be a reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Veterans Memorial Flag Pole at 1 p.m. The annual Alaska Baseball League doubleheader commitment pit the Anchorage Glacier Pilots against the Anchorage Bucs at Mulcahy Hippodrome (498 E. 16th Ave.) at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. End the day watching fireworks light up the sky after the last baseball job. (

Eagle River
Head down to Eagle River Lions Park (Eagle River Thoroughfare and East Eagle River Loop Road) Monday night from 6 p.m.-midnight for an evening of entertainments, vendors and entertainment. Be sure to stick around and enjoy the fireworks pageantry at midnight. (

Tuesday’s annual community parade starts at 11 a.m. in downtown Wasilla. After the promenade, head to Iditapark lawn (594 W. Nelson Ave.) for the mayor’s picnic from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. There ordain be live music, a hot dog eating contest, and other games and activities. Accessible hot dogs and refreshments will be available. At 11 p.m., fireworks will highlight reveal up at the sky near Wonderland Park (594 W. Nelson Ave.). (

Glacier Aspect
Seward isn’t the only place in the state with a wild Fourth of July observance. An hour-and-a-half drive east of Wasilla, the community of Glacier View wishes host their annual Fourth of July celebration at Glacier Prospect River Retreat (35068 W. Glenn Highway). This year’s at the times kick off Tuesday with the brand-new 5K run and kids fun run at 9:45 a.m. At “high noontime” there will be a flyover, followed by the community parade. Lunch commitment be served between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., followed by the annual car launch. There is an nonresident going in fee of $10 for kids and $15 for adults. (Visit the event page on Facebook)

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Celebrate July Fourth on Tuesday with a free manifest at Jack Sprat (165 Olympic Mountain Loop) featuring Melissa Mitchell, Spiff and Tony from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. and a fair featuring Kory Quinn and Michael Howard at Chair 5 Restaurant (5 Lindblad Ave.) from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Note: Girdwood Forest Rosy, while associated with Fourth of July weekend in many Alaskans’ read someone the riot acts, will take place the following weekend, July 7-9. (

There’s nothing absolutely like Fourth of July in Seward. Thousands of Alaskans make their way down the Seward Highway for a weekend escape to see one of the most epic footraces of the year, Mount Marathon. Those who get into community Friday can enjoy food and craft booths on Adams and Washington passages from 6-8 p.m. The booths will be up and running from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday through Tuesday. Monday it’s a cabal until midnight, when Lantis Fireworks light up the sky with a fireworks reveal at the waterfront. In the morning Tuesday, treat yourself to breakfast at the annual Methodist Pie Sellathon on Fourth Avenue at 9 a.m. Mount Marathon kicks off with the junior step on the gas in downtown Seward at 9 a.m., followed by the women’s race at 11 a.m. and the men’s race at 2 p.m. There order also be plenty of food options in the area starting at 11 a.m. (

A runner collects high-fives from the crowd at the base of the mountain during the Mount Marathon Race on Monday, July 4, 2016 in Seward AK. (Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News)

A runner collects high-fives from the crowd at the base of the mountain during the Mount Marathon The turf on Monday, July 4, 2016 in Seward AK. (Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch Intelligence)

Fourth of July in Kenai begins Tuesday with the annual spectacle on Bidarka Street at 11 a.m. After the parade head to Main Concourse Loop in downtown Kenai from noon-4 p.m. and visit the many adjoining food and craft vendors at the community festival. And make sure you don’t ignore the cosplay costume contest. (

The annual Fourth of July column begins Tuesday on Pioneer Avenue at 6 p.m. This year’s theme is “Nursing home in Bloom.” Cash prizes of $50 and $75 will be awarded for: finest adult group, best children’s group, best of bikes and trikes, most superbly with animals, best of antique cars, trucks, machinery, most excellently use of theme, best of show and judges’ sentimental favorite. (

In Ester, supervisor to the intersection of Ester Loop and Main Street for the town’s Fourth of July pass in review at 11 a.m., followed by a picnic at Ester Community Park (3566 Old Nenana Highway). (Attack the event page on Facebook)

Fourth of July in Fairbanks is all on touching family fun at Pioneer Park (2300 Airport Way). The-all day celebration starts with abide music at 11 a.m., with booths and vendors kicking off the community when it happened from noon-8 p.m. (

North Pole
On Tuesday morning noddle north for the North Pole Fourth of July celebration. Start with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. at Santa’s Chief Center (101 E. Sixth Ave.). The parade starts at 11 a.m. and there longing be a community fair with food, vendors, games, music and receipts from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. ( 

Juneau’s Fourth of July starts original with the fourth annual Glenn Frick Memorial Mile community protest/run. The parade kickoff is at 11 a.m. in downtown Juneau. End the night with a dinner at the Juneau Masonic Center (9315 Glacier Highway) for their Fourth of July Post-Parade League from 6-9 p.m. (

Come out for the annual community childs play and watermelon eating contest at Sandy Beach (504 St. Anns Ave.) on Monday at 6 p.m. prior to watching the fireworks display on Gastineau Channel at 11:59 p.m. On Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. the Douglas Fourth of July march begins at Gastineau Elementary School (1507 Third St.). continued by field games at Savikko Park Field #2 (504 St. Anns Ave.) at 3 p.m. (

Punishment: An earlier version of this article incorrectly listed Melissa Mitchell’s luminary as Michelle Mitchell.

Gabriela Domanas stamps with other Filipino community members in the Independence Day parade. Thousands got in downtown Anchorage for the Independence Day parade on 9th and 10th Avenues on Friday, July 4, 2014. A fete on the Delaney Park Strip continued through the afternoon with flaming music, food and games. (Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily Word)

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