Story last updated at 6/27/2012 - 2:06 pm
July 4 - Parade float decoration begins, 8 a.m. About 9:30 a.m. parade will begin Angoon Community Association building, ending at the baseball field.
Relay races start after the parade, with free food for the community from ANB/ANS. At about 11 a.m. (after the parade) there is an adult boat harbor race, at the field. There will be people at check points to make sure everyone has gone through and EMT halfway through. There will be events for headstart, K-3, 4-6, junior high, high school, co-ed adults, couple races, men's and possibly other categories.
Once relays are finished, people meet down in front of town at about 6 p.m. for canoe races for high school aged persons and adults.
Fireworks start at about 11 p.m. on Front Street.
July 1 - Scrap fish derby, 1 p.m., North Cove Harbor.
July 3 - Skate party and royalty crowning, 7:30 p.m., Craig City Gym.
Fireworks, 11 p.m. (weather permitting).
July 4 - Booth set-up, 9:30 a.m., at CTM Ballpark (Middle School Pit as weather alternate).
Klawock to Craig race, 10:30 a.m.
Line up for parade at noon, JS Drive.
Parade, 1 p.m.
Ballpark Festivities, 1:30 p.m., food, races, games, misery saw, contests and horseshoes.
July 7 - Duck Race, 10 a.m., Crab Creek.
July 3 - Dedication of cannon and bell, 5:30 p.m. at the Douglas Post Office with presentation by Mark Whitman.
Soapbox challenge heat, trials and registration from 6-9 p.m. at St. Ann's Ave. Divisions are ages 5-6, 7-8, and 9-10. This is to qualify for finals on July 4. Contact Hugh Dilbeck at 789-4803 or 723-7409 for pre-registration or other info.
DVFD softball game - Fire Department vs. Community, 6 p.m. at Savikko Park, field 4. Details: Ray Roberts, 723-0943.
Watermelon eating contest after the DVFD game at Sandy Beach.
July 4 - Parade, 2 p.m. with grand marshals Jim and Arbe Williams.
Fun run registration is from 12:30-1:20 p.m., with the race starting at 1:30 p.m. at the round-about side of the bridge. Finish is at Douglas Fire Hall; entrants count toward Empire Cup series. Details: Paul, 364-3265.
Douglas Community United Methodist Church hosts is annual deep pit beef barbecue from noon-6 p.m., or until food runs out, at Third and E Streets.
Hot Dog Sale, 1 p.m. in front of the Fire Hall.
Annual Sandcastle Challenge, noon registration, Sandy Beach, awards given at 4 p.m. Details: Gerald, 586-3552.
Field events, 3 p.m. at Savikko Park, field 2. They include 10-, 20-, 30-, 40-, 60-yard dashes and a 3-legged race.
Final Soapbox challenge, 3 p.m., with divisions for ages 5-6, 7-8, and 9-10. Details: Hugh Dilbeck, 789-4803.
Society for Creative Anachronism, 3 p.m., field 4, main performance (weather permitting), medieval sword fighting and dancing. Details: Karl or Lisa 723-0993.
Super dog frisbee contest, 3:30 p.m., field 3, registration $10. All dogs must be wearing a 2012 CBJ dog license. Details: Brandon at 789-0260.
Make and Break, 4 p.m. in front of the Fier Hall, Olde Time Firemen's Hose Race.
Barefoot bouncers, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (weather permitting), $5 for 15 minutes, ages 3-12. Details: 789-0080.
Bands on the Beach, 3-9 p.m., presented by Alaska Music One.
July 4 - Parade at 4:30 p.m., starting at the ferry terminal and ending at the Keiladee Park. The theme is "show your brave spirit." Superintendent of Schools Angela Lunda will be the grand marshal.
Following the parade there will be a marathon race.
There will be games and races, a 25-50 yard dash, gunny sack races, egg toss, food and craft booths that will start about 5 p.m. when the parade is over (at the park).
City fireworks will start at about 10 p.m. from Pitt Island.
July 3 - Fireworks, 11:59 p.m. on the Gastineau Channel.
July 4 - Parade, 11 a.m., theme is "a tribute to our red, white and blue." Grand marshal will be Sen. Dennis Egan. Registration forms at Mendenhall Valley Library or Cycle Alaska. Late registration is allowed with $20 late fee. Staging area is in the parking lot of Cycle Alaska/Department of Labor Building at West 8th Street (next to Juneau/Douglas Bridge). Parade will start up Egan Drive on the mountain side, to Main, turn left on Main, turn right on Front, turn right on South Franklin down to Admiral Way, to Marine Way to Egan Drive. Return to staging area on waterside of Egan Drive.
July 3 - Booths, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the plaza.
July 4 - Parade, noon, from Madison Hardware to Tatsudas IGA, with Grand Marshal Sen. Bert Stedman. Parade theme is "Building for Ketchikan's Future." A "Kiddie" parade begins at 11:30 a.m., with line-ups at 11 a.m. at the Federal Building and goes to the Tunnel.
Booths open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Plaza, there will be food and games. Local band 7 Year Cold will be performing and releasing an album.
The Rotary will host a Rubber Duck Race at 5 p.m., following the 4 p.m. root beer floats. The Rubber Duck Race starts at City Park and ends at Creek Street Bridge.
Fireworks launch at 11 p.m. from Pennock Island.
July 4 - Emergency Services' Parade starts at the fire hall at noon and loops down towards the Highway. The route goes down Bayview Boulevard and up to Totem Park, where the kids get off the fire trucks and the City's Games begin.
Fireworks, around 11 p.m., by the City of Klawock.
July 2 - Free community gym night, 6-7:30 p.m. for children in grades 1-8.
July 3 - Scrapfish derby, 10-11 a.m. in North Harbor for ages 5-9, from 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for ages 10-12.
Blindfold rowboat race, 2 p.m., Middle Harbor.
Tote race, 2:30 p.m., Middle Harbor for ages 16 and older. Tote race costs $10 per tote.
Herring toss, 3 p.m., Middle Harbor for all ages.
Food and craft booths, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., both July 3 and 4.
July 4 - Freedom Run, 7:30 a.m. for all ages, starting Downtown. Cost is $15 per person or $40 for a family of up to six.
Bicycle decorating, 9:30 a.m. at the Trading Union for youth.
Parade registration, 10:30 a.m. at the Trading Union. The theme is "from sea to shining sea." Parade begins at 11 a.m. Downtown.
Street Games, 1 p.m. Downtown. Water Balloon Toss will be Downtown for ages 6-12, egg toss for ages 13 and older. Money pile game, 2 p.m. The 2x6 stomp, 2:30 p.m. Downtown for ages 14 and older, $10 per team. Giant trike race is $5. Rotary Duck Race, 3 p.m. for children up to age 7, cost is $10. Log roll, 5 p.m. at Middle Harbor for ages 18 and older, $5 fee.
Fireworks, 11 p.m. at the Ballfield.
July 1-4 - 4th of July Booths, Eagle Quest Ministries, 738-7318.
July 3 - 4th of July Fireworks
July 4 - 4th of July Parade, line up is at 1 p.m., parade starts at 2 p.m. from SJ campus and will proceed down Lincoln Street toward City Hall. Registrations to participate in the parade will be taken at the Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce office upstairs in the Troute Center, 329 Harbor Suite 212, or by email to info@sitkachamber, through Wednesday, June 27th. For more information, please contact the Sitka Chamber of Commerce at 747-2860.
Grand marshals will be current and previous Raven Radio general managers; Ken Fate, Lily Herwald, Barnaby Dow and Rich McClear, with the theme "communication through the years." KCAW Raven Radio, who is celebrating 30 years of service to Sitka, nominated this year's grand marshals and parade theme.
June 30 - Stikine Stitchers 7th Annual 4th of July Quilt Show. Display will be in the Downtown area from June 25th to July 9th. Our Challenge Quilt this year: Scrappy Quilt.
Community Orchard Planting Event, 9:30 a.m. arrival and t-shirt pick-up (while supplies last), 10 a.m., project overview with ceremonial tree planting, 12:30 p.m potluck, all at the Elementary School. Details: Kris Reed, 305-0258.
Kids Dirty Bingo, 2 p.m., American Legion. Hot dogs, chips and punch, bring two wrapped gifts. Details: Lovey Brock, 660-7054.
July 1 - Triathlon, 1 p.m. late registration, 2 p.m. start time.
Tiny Tots Scrap Fish Derby, 1:30-2:30 p.m., City Dock/Summer float, ages 5 and under. All children must be accompanied by at least one adult and must wear a life jacket at all times. Hand lines only, bring your own bait.
Art Clark Scrap Fish Derby, 3-4:30 p.m., City Dock/Summer Float, ages 6-9 and 10-13.
No parents allowed on floats unless they are one of the volunteers. All children wear a life jacket at all times. Hand lines only. No rods or reels. One hook per line, one line per person. Contestants must bait their own hook and land their own fish if determined necessary. Any kind of bait can be used. Bait will be supplied for children who do not have their own. In case of a tie for the largest fish, a "fish-off" will be conducted with the contestant catching the first fish the winner. Each winning fish will be eligible for one prize only. Derby officials will decide any questions not covered by the rules and their decision will be final.
Log Rolling, 5 p.m., City Dock/Summer Float, ages 18 and older with men and women divisions, $20 entry fee (pre-register at Chamber) or $25 day of. Cash prizes.
Greased Pole, 5 p.m., City Dock/Summer Float, ages 10 and older. Waiver of responsibility must be signed by the responsible adult and a life jacket worn at all times.
$1.00 per try. Prize: $100 bill at the top of the pole, if you make it before you drop.
July 2 - Queen Raffle Drawings, 11 a.m., Wrangell Chamber of Commerce office.
Canoe Racing, 1:30-3:30 p.m., City Dock/Summer Float, all participants must wear life jackets. Prizes awarded for the male, female, and coed team of each category.
Race Categories: "High Liners" 11-14 years old, "River Runners" 15-17 years old, "Sea Runners" 18-50 years old, "Lilly Dippers" 50 and older, "War Canoe" - As many people as you can fit into a canoe.
Welcome Home Picnic, 5-9 p.m., Shoemaker Park Picnic Area, potluck.
July 3 - Judging for the Home/Business Decorating Contest, for the most patriotic home or business. (Must have registered with the Chamber). Winners will be announced on the 4th before the queen ticket pull. Cash prizes.
3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Community Center Gym, Middle School Bracket (going into 6th- 8th), 8 a.m. registration and warm up, 9 a.m. play. High School/Community Bracket (16 and up), noon registration and warm up, 1 p.m. play. Cost is $30.00 per team or $10.00 per person. Ladies play first. Winner takes all, 16 team limit - single elimination.
Pop Toss, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Shakes Island Re-dedication Committee will have a Pop Toss, selling t-shirts and tacos at the tribal office on Lynch Street.
Big Wheel Races, noon, Cover Basketball Court, for ages 3-6. Children can bring their own Big Wheels, though some will be provided.
Live Music, 3-5 p.m., downtown - City Hall lawn. The Sale will perform.
Talent Show and Coronation, 6 p.m., Elementary School, No entry fee. All ages; 20 performance spots. Cash prizes. Pre-register at the Chamber.
"Crowning of the 2012 Royalty Court," 8 p.m., with royal court Veronica Blunt, Jaynee Fritzinger and Laura Massin.
Children carrying the royal crowns: Jozlyn Privett, Clara Waddington, and Bella Ritchie. Ceremonial crowning by 2011 Queen: Loni Buness
July 4 - Independence Day Fun Run/Walk/Bike, 7 a.m. registration at the pool, 7:30 a.m. race begins at the crosswalk in front of the swimming pool and then proceeds to the ferry terminal, around the airport loop, back to Church Street, and onto the finish line at the crosswalk in front of the pool. (Distance: 2.9 miles) No entry fee. Anything goes. For more information call 874-2444.
Independence Day Community Worship Service, 9 a.m., Bobs' IGA parking lot, pastors from churches in Wrangell will start the celebration with a worship service open to the public.
Parade, 11 a.m., Front Street, Theme: "Reflections of the Past," 2012 Grand Marshall: Citizen of the Year, Rick Groshong, floats gather on Campbell Drive at 9:30 a.m. with the judging at 10 a.m. (entrants after 10 a.m. will not be judged, but may participate). All engines must be off until parade begins. All pets must be on a leash. Categories: Adult Costumes, Children Costumes, Marching Units, Bike/Big Wheel/Wagons/Wheeled Units, Horses, Pets (must be on a leash), and Business/Organization/Church. Cash prizes.
Royalty Ticket Pull, after parade, in front of Nolan Center, cash prizes.
Pony Rides, after parade, Outer Drive, weather permitting, will last until ponies are tired.
Pie Sale, starting in the morning (until pies are gone), covered area near Smith Chiropractic office. Donations welcome. Details: Lorraine Kagee 874-3235.
Street Booths, throughout downtown.
Elks Beer Garden, 11 a.m. opening, 1 p.m. horseshoe tournament, 2 p.m. beer pong tournament.
Chuck Oliver Logging Show, 12:30 p.m. registration, 1 p.m. show, City Dock Fill in front of Northland office, ages 18 and older. Entry fee $20, waiver required. Cash prizes.
Events: Power Bucking, Axe Chopping, Hand Buck Single Jack, Choker Setting, Hand Buck, Idaho Style, Women's Rolling Pin Toss, Axe Throw (the target: a $100.00 bill, donated by Alaska Vistas), Log Load Binding. "All Around Logger" plaque and a new Stihil Chain Saw worth $500+ will go to the contestant compiling the most points.
"Bull of the Woods" plaque is to be awarded to the best sportsman of the show.
Toddler Games, 12:30-1:30 p.m., City Hall Lawn (will follow ticket pull), Candy Races: ages 0 to 4, Ball Races: ages crawling to 4, Running Races: 2 to 4 (time permitting), prizes awarded in each age group for each category.
Street Games, 1:30 p.m., Main Street, Running Races: 50-yard, 100-yard, and 150-yard dash; 3-legged races and Gunny Sack races.
All games will be played in age groups from 5 to senior citizens and announced by the chairperson. Parents are asked to stay with small children during events. Cash prizes.
Egg Toss, 4 p.m.
Golf the 4th, 2-5 p.m., City Hall Lawn, Chipping Contest, 10 balls for $5, prizes.
Live Music, 8 p.m., City Hall - Street dance. "The Sale" - The Portland based group will entertain Wrangell during the street dance - and will feature local guitarist Austin Sun performing the Star-Spangled Banner.
Fireworks, at dusk, over Zimovia Straits. In front of town, a couple of fireworks will be shot to signal that the main display will begin approximately 10 minutes later. Fireworks purchased by the Wrangell Fire Department with assistance from the City of Wrangell.
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Happy July 4th from Capital City Weekly.