PUBLISHED: 4:29 PM on Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Celebrating across Southeast Alaska

Tuesday, July 3

Soapbox Challenge Trials from 5:30-9 p.m. on St. Ann's Avenue. Ages 5-7 and 8-10 will compete to qualify for the finals on July 4.

For more information, call Robert Jones at 364-3134.

DVFD Softball Game at 7 p.m. at Savikko Park Field 4. First prize is $20 with second prize at $15.

Watermelon eating contest at Sandy Beach after the softball game.

Wednesday, July 4

One-way streets from 2-5 p.m. No parking will be allowed on 3rd Street and St. Ann's Street from Gastineau School to Summers Street. Parking will be available at the Douglas Boat Harbor's new large parking lot. No open containers or glass containers are allowed on Douglas Streets on the Fourth of July. Gray Line Tours will offer free bus service every 20 minutes on July 4 from the Federal Building in Juneau to Gastineau School in Douglas.

Photo by Amanda Gragert
  A soapbox derby participant in the 2006 Douglas July 4th parade.
• Douglas parade

The Douglas parade will start at 2 p.m. at Gastineau School in Douglas with grand marshals Carlene Bednarowicz, Barbara Bell and Claudette Curtis. Children's parade prizes will be awarded for:

Decorated stroller (girls)

Decorated wagon (boys)

Decorated bicycle

Decorate tricycle

Funniest costume

Character costume

Patriotic costume

• Deep pit beef barbecue dinner

11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Douglas Methodist Church; Cost is $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 5-16. Children 4 and under are free. Sandwiches and chips are $6.

• Sandcastle challenge

11 a.m. registration and 4 p.m. award time. Call Gerald at 586-3552 for more information.

• Douglas two-mile fun run

Registration from 12:30-1:25 p.m. with race starting at 1:30 p.m. at rotary side of bridge. The race will finish at Douglas Fire Hall.

• Final soapbox challenge

3 p.m. for ages 5-7 and 8-10. For pre-registration and information, call Robert Jones at 364-3134.

• Make and Break firemen's hose race

4 p.m. in front of Fire Hall

Caterpillar Jump

Field 3 for a $3 donation.

• Antique Auto Show

18 vintage cars from across Alaska at Field 4

•Great Alaska Steamboat Race

At 1 p.m. at Marine Park and 1:30 p.m. at Sandy Beach.

Dog agility trials

2:30 p.m. at Field 3. For more information, call Anita Martin at 463-2542 or send an e-mail to

• Dog Frisbee contest

3:30 p.m. at Field 3. A $5 donation registration fee, and all dogs must be licensed.

• Thunder Mountain Riders 4H Club pony rides

1-5 p.m. at Field 1. Cost is $5 per ride with a horse demonstration at the beginning of each hour.

• Beach dance, entertainment

4-9 p.m. at Field 4

Hot dog sale

2 p.m. in front of Fire Hall

Food court

Located at the entrance of Treadwell Arena.


Wednesday, July 4

• 11 a.m. Parade, directly after the parade is flag raising and horse shoe tournament

• 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Face painting

• Noon - Hot dog/Hamburger sales

• 12:15 p.m. Potato game

• 12:45 Bubble gum- bear track

• 1 p.m. 3-mile run

•1:15 p.m. 8 legged race

• 2:15 p.m. Sack race

• 2:45 p.m. Slow bike race

• 3 p.m. Tug-o-war

• 3:45 p.m. Egg toss

• 4 p.m. dinner & desert

• 4:30 p.m. auction fundraiser


Activities on Wednesday, July 4, include Mt. Ripinsky run, mud volleyball, fire hose battle, pie eating contest, mad raft race, foot races and money toss, nail pounding contest, fireworks and parade.


Tuesday, July 3

Fireworks display on Gastineau Channel commencing at 11:59 p.m.

Wednesday, July 4

Parade travels through the streets of downtown Juneau commencing at 11 a.m, with the theme "Freedom is now free" and featuring grand marshals George and Jean Rogers. Members of the Juneau, Army National Guard will also be honored.


First City Rotary Annual Duck Race where more than 3,000 plastic ducks are launched at the fish weir. Finish line is the bridge by the Ketchikan Public Library. Purchase tickets with a number that corresponds to a duck. The first 10 ducks drawn out of the water are prize winners. For information contact any First City Rotary Member.

The Fourth of July Parade will be held Wednesday, July 4. Contact the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce at 225-3184,


Events are from July 2-4, ending with a fireworks display at the ball field late Wednesday night. Activities include scrap fish derby for children, log rolling, tote races, 2 x 4 boot stomp races, egg tosses and much more ending that evening with fireworks at 11 p.m. Booths line the sidewalks selling arts, crafts, and raffle tickets for all kinds of neat things to win. There is a children's carnival including a fish pond, an archery alley, an adult dart contest and the 4th of July parade. This year's theme is "Christmas in July."


There is a celebration complete with parade, demonstrations, game and food booths, softball tournament, dance, and fireworks display. Call the Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce 747-8604, or e-mail

Sunday, July 1

• Noon-7 p.m.: Booths open at Baranof Elementary School

• 11:59 p.m. Only Fools Fun at Midnight at Fire Hall

Monday July 2

• Noon-7 p.m.: Booths open at Baranof Elementary School

Tuesday, July 3

• Noon-7 p.m.: Booths open at Baranof Elementary School

• 11:30 p.m.: Fireworks

Wednesday, July 4

• 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Booths open at Baranof Elementary School

• 11 a.m.-noon: Family contra dance at Cresent Harbor Shelter

Noon: Sitka Spruce Highland Dancers at Cresent Harbor Shelter

• 1 p.m.: Parade line up at Senior Center on Lake Street

• 2 p.m.: Parade from Lake Street to Lincoln Street

• 4 p.m.: 2007 Rotary Duck Race at Halibut Point Recreation. Ducks will be released at Granit Creek and will float downstream to Halibut Point Rec.


Tuesday, July 3

• 6-8 p.m. Liarsville salmon bake and band with transportation to and from Mt. View RV park by Alaska Travel Adventure.

• 9-11 p.m. street dance on Broadway between 2nd & 3rd Avenues. Music provided by the Red Onion with weather permitting.

• 11 p.m. fireworks at waterfront with good viewing from hillside.

Wednesday, July 4

• 8 a.m. Skagway News run-around will meet at 3rd Avenue and Broadway with a 5K course around historic Skagway. The Days of '98 costume earns extra cheers.

• 9:30 a.m. kiddie parade at 2nd Avenue and goes north on Broadway to 7th Avenue.

• 10 a.m. main parade from 7th Avenue and Broadway South to 1st. This parade goes both ways on Broadway, first south, around the 1st / 2nd Avenues block then back north to 7th. Please keep streets clear. Grand marshals for the parade are Carl and Darlene Hoover and John and Barbara Brodersen.

• Presentation of float awards at 4th Ave. & Broadway.

• Dessert auction at 4th Ave. & Broadway.

• Foot races at 4th Ave. & Broadway with something for all ages, plus gunny sack and three-legged for over 6 years old.

• Eagles Barbecue at 6th Ave. & Broadway at $10 per plate.

• Chamber dogs at 4th Ave. & Broadway with Polish dog, chips and drink for $7.

• Tee and Hats for Kariel asks for a minimum donation of $2 to buy a Buckwheat Ski Classic T-shirt or hat and show your "Heart of Gold." Proceeds help Kariel Young (Jay Nelson family).

• Kids carnival at 1 p.m. at 3rd Ave. & Broadway with proceeds benefitting Little Dippers Daycare, Little Cherubs Daycare & Skagway Summer Camp.

• Tug-o-war at 1 p.m. on Broadway between 4th & 5th Ave.

• Egg toss at 2 p.m. at 4th Ave. & Broadway. With a partner, toss an egg across widening distances.

• Arm wrestling at 2:30 p.m. on Broadway between 4th & 5th Ave. No Hearts of Gold here, just good old fashioned competition.

• Horseshoe tournament at 3 p.m. at 4th Ave & Spring Street behind Westmark Maintenance building. Sometimes they take the horses out of the shoes first.

• Slow bike race at 3:30 p.m. from 3rd-4th Ave. on Broadway. Whoever rides the slowest, not taking their feet off pedals, wins. Helmets are required.

• Spike driving contest at 4 p.m. at 4th Ave. next to The Mountain Shop. Bring your strong arm tactics and try this one.

• Annual Duck Derby at 5:30 p.m. at Pullen Pond. Come watch as 1,000 little plastic duckies fight their way to the finish line. First duck across the finish line earns $1,000. Five wild ducks picked at random each earn $100. Ducky Derby tickets available at Skagway News Depot, Services Unlimited, Temptations, Glacial Smoothies, Radio Shack, Moe's and Ducky Derby booth on 4th Ave. until 2 p.m.

• Madam Jan's 27th anniversary from 1-7 p.m. with outdoor barbecue, band and beer garden.


Festivities are from Monday, July 2 through Wednesday July 4, with events including children's races of all kinds, scrapfish derby, sporting events, talent show, tall tales competition, parade, traditional logging show, coronation ball, street dance and fireworks extravaganza.