Fourth of July 2009 Schedule of Events 070109 CALENDAR 3 Capital City Weekly CRAIG
Wednesday, July 01, 2009

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Fourth of July 2009 Schedule of Events


July 3

1-3 p.m. Reunion Event, Library Historical Project open to everyone, Craig Public Library

6-9 p.m. Reunion Dinner (Reunion Only), Craig Community Center

6 p.m. Block Party, Craig City Gym

7 p.m. Free Skating, bring a pie for auction.

7:30 p.m. Royalty Crowning, winner gets an iPod donated by Island Video Radio Shack

8:30 p.m. Free throw contest, dancing, singing and open microphone

11 p.m. Fireworks, Thibodeau Ballpark, Graveyard Island will be closed

July 4

9 a.m. Booth setup

10 a.m. Reunion Breakfast (Reunion Participants Only), CCA Hall

10 a.m. Klawock to Craig Race

12 p.m. Parade line up and judging

1 p.m. Parade

2 p.m. Games races, raffle, Star Spangled Banner, misery saw and horseshoe tournament

7 p.m. Reunion Bingo (Reunion participants only), location TBA

July 5

1 p.m. Kids fishing derby, North Cove Harbor. Prizes donated by Log Cabin and Black Bear Store

2:30 p.m. Greasy pole, canoe and kayak races

6:30 p.m. Rubber Duck Release at Crab Creek. Tickets are $10.


July 3

10 p.m. Scavenger hunt list released. All teams must consist of at least one local, one visitor and one non-human. Hunt ends July 4 at 8 p.m. with an Open Mich/Awards Ceremony/Slideshow/Party/Extravaganza. Sign up to play a 10 minute set. Details:

July 4

10 a.m. Parade, followed by contests, games and community picnic.


July 3

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. BBQ at the Fire Hall, Sponsored by Haines Volunteer Fire Department

July 4

7 a.m. Flag Raising by the Haines Boy Scouts, Ft. Seward Parade Grounds

7-11 a.m. Breakfast by The American Legion Auxiliary, American Legion Hall

8 a.m. Mt. Ripinsky Run, Start at Legion Hall, Organized by Paul Swift

10-10:30 a.m. Kids decorate bikes for parade, Assembly Chambers Parking Lot

10:30 a.m. Parade line-up begins, Assembly Chambers Parking Lot

11 a.m. Parade begins, 3rd Avenue to Main Street to 1st Avenue to Willard Street to 2nd Avenue Assembly Chambers Parking Lot, patriotic music by KHNS Radio, cannon firing by Jim Shook

11-2 p.m. Pies & Coffee, Tlingit Park, Sponsored by Woman's Club

12 p.m. Mud Volleyball, 1st Ave. near Tlingit Park, sponsored and organized by The Parts Place

12-2 p.m. Book, Bake, Hot Dog, Hamburger and Gardenburger Sale, Tlingit Park, By Friends of the Library

12-2 p.m. Pie Eating Contest, FNBA Parking Lot, Sponsored by Howser's IGA Supermarket

12-3 p.m. Balloon Twisting by Giggles the Clown, Tlingit Park

12-3 p.m. 1st Annual Independence Day Sale, Haines Senior Center

1 p.m. Nail Pounding Contest, Tlingit Park, Sponsored by The Hammer Museum

2 p.m. Foot Races and Money Toss, Tlingit Park, Sponsored by First National Bank of Alaska and Haines Chamber of Commerce

1:30 p.m. Fire Hose Battle, 1st Ave./Presbyterian Church, Sponsored and organized by The Haines Volunteer Fire Department

2 p.m. Watermelon Feed, Tlingit Park, Sponsored by The American Legion

6-9 p.m. BBQ with live music and beer garden, Oceanside RV Park. Featuring Brats, Salmon, Crab, Pork Ribs ($10-$20 plates) Hot Dogs ($3 for kids). Sponsored by Canal Marine/Oceanside RV Park. A portion of proceeds goes to 2010 Fireworks, Rainbow Glacier Camp & HARK

6 p.m. Mad Raft Race, Chilkoot Lake, Organized by Kevin Shove. Equipment required: helmets & life vest or wet suit

8 p.m. Northern Lights Nights Dance with Stage & Light Show, Chilkat Center. By, live rock, disco, trance music. Prizes for dance/costumes. All ages

9 p.m. Cannon Firing by Jim Shook, Ft. Seward Parade Grounds

9 p.m. Closing Ceremony by the Haines Boy Scouts/Jeff Stout, Ft. Seward Parade Grounds

11 p.m. Fireworks Display by Wildefire Pyrotechnics, NukDik (Garbage) Point


July 3


5:30-9 p.m. Soapbox challenge heat, trials and registration. Divisions: ages 5-6, ages 7-8, ages 9-10 (this is to qualify for finals on July 4). Pre-registration and details: Robert Jones, 364-3134

7 p.m. DVFD Softball Game, Savikko Park field 4. Details: Ray Roberts, 723-0943.

Watermelon eating contest at Sandy Beach after the Fire/Rescue softball game


5:30 p.m. Community picnic and concert, Marine Park. Hot dogs and hamburgers served by the Juneau Douglas High School Track and Cross Country Team. Music provided by Firepower (youth band), Tidewater Bluegrass (swing country & fiddle tunes; Fleet Street (Jazz combo and vocals).

8:30 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. Capital City Celebrations presents the Diamonds, toe tapping music featuring 50's and 60's oldies. Tickets $20 - available at Hearthside Books and USPS Contract Station. Cash bar and snacks. Bring an arm chair to watch the fireworks from the Egan Drive vantage point

July 4


12 a.m. Fireworks

9 a.m. Flag raising ceremony, Juneau-Douglas City Museum at the Corner of 4th & Main. Commemorating the first raising of the 49-star American Flag on July 4, 1949. Master of Ceremonies: Juneau Senator Dennis Egan. Performances by Tlingit dance troupe, Filipino dance troupe, Juneau Middle School poets, United States Air Force Brass Quintet. Winner of Juneau's Statehood Quilt raffle to be announced.

10:30 a.m. Cake and punch to be served, Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Capital Building open for free public tours with anniversary gifts

12 p.m. Parade


One-way streets from 2-6 p.m. (4th Street - South, 2nd Street - North)

Parking at the Douglas Boat Harbor. Free bus service provided by Discover Alaska Tours every 20 minutes between Gastineau School and the Federal Building from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

2:30 p.m. Parade assembly

3 p.m. Parade, Gastineau School

4 p.m. Field Events, Savikko Park field 2. 10 yard dash, 20 yard dash, 30 yard dash, 40 yard dash, 60 yard dash, 3-legged race and sack race for various age groups.

12-5 p.m. Deep Pit Beef BBQ Dinner, Douglas Methodist Church. Adults $12, children $8, free for children under 4. Sandwiches and chips $6.

11 a.m. Registration begins for Annual Sandcastle Challenge, Sandy Beach. Award time will be 4 p.m. Details: Gerald, 586-3552.

1:30-2:20 p.m. Registration begins for Douglas 2 mile fun run. Race starts at 2:30 p.m. at rotary side of bridge, finishes at Douglas Fire Hall. Contact Paul at 364-3265.

4 p.m. Final Soapbox Challenge

5 p.m. Make and Break Olde Time Firemen's Hose Race, in front of Fire Hall.

Caterpillar Jump at Savikko Park field 3. $3 donation. Details: Jennifer, 796-2007.

2:30 p.m. Society for Creative Anachronism medieval fighting and dance, Savikko Park field 4. Details: Karl, 789-2871.

2 p.m. Hot Dog Sale, in front of Fire Hall.

2-5 p.m. Thunder Mountain Riders 4H Club Pony Rides, Savikko Park field 1. $5 per ride. Horse demonstration at beginning of each hour.

4:30 p.m. Dog Frisbee contest. Savikko Park field 3. Details: 789-0260

5 p.m. Dedication of Pioneer Pavilion, Savikko Park field 2.

5 p.m. Juneau/Douglas Shriner fundraiser drawing for a 4-wheel ATV, Pioneer Pavilion.

5-9:30 p.m. Dance, music and other entertainment, Savikko Park field 2. Elmendorf Air Force Band, One Aisle Over, Lifted Embrace, Missed By A Long Shot, Moses Kane.

Food court will be located at the entrance to the Treadwell Arena.

More info online at


July 1-5

Tatsuda's 50 percent off sale of 50 items, Alaska's 50th birthday celebration event.

July 3

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Food and game booths on the docks between berths 2 and 3 (between Tongass Trading and Sockeye Sam's) Sponsored by Lions Club.

Grand Opening of the New Main Street Gallery, 330 Main Street. The festivities include a welcoming performance by Cape Fox Dancers, art, hors d'oeuvres, music, and a no host bar begin at 4:30 p.m. Details: 225-2211.

First Friday Gallery Walk. Details:

July 4

8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Food and game booths on the docks between berths 2 and 3 (between Tongass Trading and Sockeye Sam's) Sponsored by Lions Club.

11 a.m. Kids parade at Tunnel

12 p.m. Parade, from Madison Lumber on Tongass Ave to Tatsuda's Supermarket.

2:30 p.m. St. John's Episcopal Church's Annual 4th of July Pie Sale, 423 Mission Street. Pie, ice cream and beverage for $6. All are welcome to attend.

5 p.m. Rubber Ducky Race on Ketchikan Creek. $10 Donation. The finish line is at Stedman Street Bridge. First prize $2,500. Free Root Beer Floats by the Public Library.

On the day of the event, tickets can be purchased at stands set up at Whale Park and the parking lot at Tongass Trading Store or from any roving Ducks around town.

The event is sponsored by Ketchikan's First City Rotary and proceeds benefit 3rd Annual Blood Drive, Black Sands Beach, Shelter Improvements and Literarcy Projects.

11 p.m. Fireworks, barge at north end of Pennock Island

5:30 Doors open for Ironjack Alaska Championship. Competition begins at 6 p.m. Free admission.


July 4

12 p.m. Parade, followed by the annual Skunk Cabbage Festival. Prizes will be awarded in youth and adult categories for the largest skunk cabbage leaves presented. Watermelon feed, potluck, children's games with prizes, axe throwing and horseshoes.

Fireworks display at dusk.

July 5

11 a.m. Gates open for Independence Day Mud Bogg Races. Race begins at 2 p.m. Entry fees are $30 for drivers and $10 for viewers. Contact 629-4104.


July 4

11 a.m. Parade down Main Street

Festivities include a scrapfish derby for ages 6-9 and ages 10-12, blindfold rowboat race, herring toss, bicycle decorating, egg toss, iron bed race, giant trike race, street games and races, Gutherie Sr. Loop race, Tote races in the harbor, gym night, money piles, log rolling, cutest baby contest, balloon toss, 2 x 6 boot stomp and a KFSK fish pond for kids. The streets will be lined with booths selling arts and crafts. The food court will be under the big blue and white tent selling Tlingit Fry Bread, Marry Ann's Lumpia, Joan Mei's Korean Beef, beer bits, cotton candy, hot fudge sundaes and more. The Chamber of Commerce hosts a raffle with over 100 great prizes given away all day long, including 2 round-trip tickets from Alaska Airlines.

11 p.m. Fireworks at the ballfield


July 4

11 a.m. Parade followed by a community potluck, games, music and golf tournament.


July 3-5

International softball tournament

July 3

9-11 p.m. Street dance, Broadway between 2nd and 3rd Ave. Music provided by The Red Onion (weather permitting)

11 p.m. Fireworks, waterfront.

July 4

8 a.m. Skagway News Run-Around, Meet at News Depot, 3rd and Broadway. 5K course around historic Skagway. Prizes for men, women and kid winners and best costume.

9:30 a.m. Kiddie Parade, starts at 2nd Ave. and goes north on Broadway to 4th Ave.

10 a.m. Main Parade, from 7th and Broadway, south to 1st Ave. then back north to 7th Ave.

Immediately after parade:

Presentation of float awards, picnic basket and dessert auction, foot races for all ages, 4th Ave. and Broadway.

Eagles BBQ, 6th and Broadway

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids Carnival, 3rd and Broadway. Proceeds benefit Little Dippers Daycare, Little Cherubs Daycare and Skagway Summer Camp.

12 p.m. Reenactment of raising the 49-star flag, 6th and Broadway at the post office

12-6 p.m. Fair food, Red Onion. Burgers, candied apples, strawberry shortcake, Sugar Mama's kettle corn, pickles on a stick and more.

12-1 p.m. Fun and 4th of July Games at the Moose Homestead, 5th and Spring St. Kids of all ages are invited to attend and have fun exploring the lost art of play.

1:30 p.m. Tug-of-war, Broadway between 4th and 5th.

2:30 p.m. Arm Wrestling, Broadway between 4th and 5th. Young, old, men, women...just good old fashioned competition.

3 p.m. Horseshoe Tournament, behind Westmark maintenance building on Spring St.

3:30 p.m. Slow Bike Race, Broadway between 4th and 5th Ave. Whoever rides the slowest without taking their feet off the pedals wins. Helmets required.

4 p.m. Spike driving contest, 4th Ave. next to Mountain Shop.

5 p.m. Ducky Derby, Pullen Pond.


July 1

Noon Chamber of Commerce luncheon - 50 years of statehood party. Open to the public. Westmark Sitka Hotel. Details: 747-8604.

July 2

10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. 4th of July Booths open. Details: Lighthouse Fellowship Church, 738-3801.

July 3

10 a.m.- 7:30 p.m. 4th of July booths open.

11:30 p.m. Fireworks display by Petro Marine, from the ramp at MEHS.

11:45 p.m. First 49 star flag-raising re-enactment, Castle Hill. Details: 747-8604.

July 4

10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. 4th of July Booths open.

Noon Friends of NRA raffle drawing, Orion Sporting Goods.

Noon Contra dance, Crescent Harbor Shelter, with Fishing for Cats. Free.

2 p.m. 4th of July Parade, starting at Sheldon Jackson campus, College Drive, on Lincoln Street. Details: 747-8604.

2:30 p.m. Live music and dancing under the Crescent Harbor Shelter. Details: Rich Phillips, 752-0123.

2:30 p.m. US Coast Guard Search and Rescue demonstration. Off O'Connell bridge.

3 p.m. Kids races on the Sheldon Jackson lawn. Details: Woody Widmark, 747-8096.

3 p.m. Fish Dinner St. Gregory's Catholic Church, after the parade.

4 p.m. Water fight between Sitka Fire Department and US Coast Guard, on the lawn across from the Russian Bishops House. Details: Sitka Fire Department, 747-3233.

4 p.m. Rotary Duck Race - Ducks will be released into Granite Creek and will float downstream to Halibut Point Rec area.

July 5

9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fortress of the Bear Family Day. Free entry, hot dogs and drinks for sale. Details: Evy, 747-3032.


July 1

12 p.m. Kid's Dirty Bingo, American Legion. Bring three wrapped gifts (no price limit). Hot dogs and beverages will be provided. Details: Lovey Brock, 305-0275.

6 p.m. Check in for 4th Annual Gravity Race, 2nd Avenue next to Senior Apt. Race starts at 7 p.m. Entrants must be inspected prior to racing. Helmets required. Waiver and registration form must be signed by parent for youth under 18. Details: Dave Sweat, 874-BIKE

July 2

7 p.m. Coed Soft Ball Games, Volunteer Park. Wells Fargo vs. Firefighters

5-10 p.m. Welcome Home Picnic, Shoemaker Picnic Area (Mary Buness covered area) Potluck, everyone welcome.

July 3

10 a.m. Big Wheel Races, Kyle Angerman Playground. For children 3-6 years of age. Big Wheels provided for the races, children can also bring their big wheels. Children race against children of the same age and gender. Prizes awarded, grand prize drawing. If there is bad weather, it will take place up at the Covered Basketball Court next to the Elementary School.

12-1:30 p.m. Art Clark Scrap Fish Derby, Summer float. Age categories: 6-9 and 10-13. No parents allowed on floats unless they are volunteers. All children must bring and wear life preservers. Hand lines only. No rod 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. The largest and smallest starfish will win money prize but will not be counted for the bike or rod prize.

12 p.m. Registration begins for 3 On 3. Games begin at 1:00, covered basketball court next to elementary school. $10 per person, men and women ages 16 and up. Ladies play first. Teams of 3. Cash prize will be awarded to winning team. Single elimination, winner takes all. Some bleachers provided.

12-1 p.m. Elks Beer Garden, Elks Lodge

8 p.m. Coronation Ball, Old Gym. Music and desserts. 2009 Royal Court crowning at 9 p.m.

July 4

Wrangell's downtown district is closed to vehicle traffic for the entire day.

7 a.m. Registration begins for Independence Day Fun Run/Walk/Ride/Bike, City Pool. Race begins at crosswalk in front of the swimming pool, proceeds/to the ferry terminal, around the airport loop, back to Church Street with the finish line at the cross walk in front of the pool. Distance: 2.9 miles. No entry fee. Anything goes. Details: 874-2444.

8:30 a.m. ANS Booth, in front of Jitterbugs ANS will be selling cinnamon rolls, coffee, bottled water, and red bull.

9 a.m. Independence Day Community Worship Service, Parking Lot of Bobs' IGA. Pastors from churches in Wrangell are excited to start our celebration with a service honoring God. Open to public.

9:30 a.m. Floats gather on the outer drive

10 a.m. Float judging

11 a.m. Parade, Front Street.

Wrangell's very own Professional Band Directed by Haig Demerjian will be located in Front of Stikine Drug before and during parade.

Baby Parade

Special Territorial flag presentation before ticket pull at the Nolan Center before Queen tickets drawn.

Queen tickets will be drawn following the parade in front of the Nolan Center.

Pony Rides, Outer Drive after parade until ponies are tired, weather permitting.

Elks Beer Garden, Elks Lodge after parade.

Elks Horse Shoes, check the Elks schedule.

Street Booths will be located throughout town.

12:30-2 p.m. Junior Olympics, Outer Drive. 25 yard dash, 50 yard dash, tug of war and relay races. Ages 4-6 with prizes.

12:30-1:30 p.m. Barb Neyman Toddler Games, City Hall Lawn. Candy races ages 0 to 4, ball races ages crawling to 4. Prizes awarded in each age group for each category. For more info call 874-3184.

1:30 p.m. Street Games, Main Street. Running races: 50 yard dash, 100 yard dash and 150 yard dash. Three legged race, gunny sack race, tug of war and egg toss. All games will be played in age groups from 5 to senior citizens. Egg Toss will start at 3:30 p.m. Parents are asked to stay with small children during events.

1:30 p.m. Chamber of Commerce Logging Show, Northland Yard. Sign up at 1 p.m. Ages 18 and over. Entry fee is $10 for a single event, $25 for all events. Events: power bucking, hand bucking single, Idaho, Ma & Pa, choker setting, axe chopping and axe throwing at a $100 bill donated by Alaska Vistas. Rolling pin toss for women only. No entry fee. 3 sawdust piles for kids with $50 in each pile. Hot saw competition, unlimited CC's, chain, bar. $25 entry fee, winner takes all. Waiver of responsibility must be signed before any contestant may participate. The Chamber Of Commerce Logging Show is a performance as well as a contest and we request that all contestants dress as loggers, complete with hard hats & gloves. All contestants in money events are required to wear caulked or sturdy boots. No rubber boots or sneakers. In the interest of safety for all and the protection of the equipment used, any participant who is unable to operate equipment normally or compete safely due to any form of intoxication, in the opinion of the judges, will not be allowed to participate.

2-5 p.m. Golf the 4th, City Hall Lawn. Chipping contest, 10 balls for $5. Sponsored by Muskeg Meadows.

3 p.m. 3rd Annual Crazy Craft Race, City Dock, Summer Floats. All participants must wear PFDs. All entries must be home made non motorized water craft. Good natured piracy and debauchery encouraged.

3:30 p.m. Sonny Wigg Log Rolling Show, City Dock Summer Float. Sign up during the logging show, ages 18 and over, $20 entry fee, men's and women's classes. Double Elimination. Bring your own caulk boots if possible, some may be available.

Fireworks over Zimovia Straits at dusk. In front of town, a couple of fireworks will be shot to signal that the main display will begin approximately 10 minutes later. Presented by the Wrangell Volunteer Fire Department.

July 5

1 p.m. Fitness Triathlon, Start at Pool. Packets available. 3 mile walk or run, 6.5 mile bike 10 laps swimming. $15 per person, any age.

12-11 p.m. Elks Beer Garden, Elks Lodge.