PUBLISHED: 4:39 PM on Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Independence day EVENTS


• 10:00 a.m. Fourth of July Parade begins

• 12:00 p.m. Races and other events begin for all ages, toddler on up

(bike races, running, egg toss and many others)

•5:00 p.m. canoe races for all teenagers and adults

•7:00 p.m. dinner break

•10:00 p.m. City fireworks display begins


July 3

•1-2:00 p.m. Special swim at the pool

•2:00 p.m. Street Fair

•4:00 p.m. Greasy Pole - North Cove

•5:30 p.m. Kids fishing derby, nail pounding - Tote Rac

•6:30 p.m. Potluck, cooking contest, pie auction

•7:00 p.m. Royalty crowning

•7:30 p.m. Music: One Way out (Christian music) and then Open Mic

•11:00 p.m. Fireworks

July 4

•Little League Breakfast

•9:00 a.m. booth set up, CTBP

•10:00 a.m. Klawock to Craig race

•Noon parade line-up JS Road

•1:00 p.m. parade. Booths open after parade

•2:00 p.m. Games and races start

July 5

•10:00 a.m. duck release

•7:00 p.m. Island Grind, CHS


July 4

•11:00 a.m. Parade

•Directly after the Parade: Flag Raising and songs, Declaration of Independence

•10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Flower arrangements contest; stop by all day for games and information

•12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Silent Auction. Winners announced at 4:00 pm

•12:00 p.m. till gone! Watermelon

•12:00 p.m. Hot dog/hamburger sales

•12:15 p.m. Sack Race

•12:45 p.m. Bubble Gum

•1:00 p.m. 3 Mile run

•1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Hair braiding Tanzia

•1:15 p.m. 8 legged race

•2:00 p.m. Slow Bike Race

•3:00 p.m.Tug O War

•3:30 p.m. Ditch & Dash Fundraiser. Entry donation $20. Game information listed at the Post office. 2 person relay race with a bike! Call 697-2787.

•3:45 p.m. Egg Toss

•4:00 p.m. Dinner & desert

•4:00 p.m. Ditch and Dash end!

•4:30 p.m. Auction fundraiser for the School


Journey to Statehood: A Celebration our Nation's Birthday and Alaska's 50th Anniversary

July 4

•7:00 a.m. Flag Raising by Haines Boy Scouts, Ft. Seward Parade Grounds

•7:00 - 11:00am Breakfast by The American Legion Auxiliary, American Legion Hall

•8:00am Mt. Ripinsky Run. Start at American Legion

•10:00am Kids Decorate Bikes for Parade, Assembly Chambers Parking Lot

•10:30am Parade Line-up Begins at Assembly Chambers Parking Lot

•11:00am 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

•11:00 - 2:00pm Pies & Coffee at Tlingit Park

•Noon: Mud Volleyball 1st Ave. near Tlingit Park

•Noon - 2:00pm Bounce Around Tlingit Park / Sponsored by KHNS

•Noon - 3:00pm Book, Bake, Hot Dog, Hamburger and Garden-burger Sale Tlingit Park / Sponsored by Friends of the Library

•Noon - 3:00pm Balloon Twisting with Giggles the Clown Tlingit Park

•1 - 2:30pm Fire Hose Battle 1st Ave./Presbyterian Church

•1:30pm Foot Races & Money Toss Tlingit Park

•2:00pm Watermelon Feed Tlingit Park

•6:00pm Mad Raft Race* Chilkoot Lake Equipment Required: Helmets & Life Vest or Wet Suit

•6:00pm - 9pm 3rd Annual BBQ & Beer Garden, Oceanside RV Park, Serving: Rib, Crab, Beer & Cheese Brauts. Portion of Proceeds Donated to Fireworks & American Bald Eagle Foundation

•9:00pm Cannon Firing By Jim Shook Ft. Seward Parade Grounds

•9:00pm Closing Ceremony By the Haines Boy Scouts/Jeff Stout Ft. Seward Parade Grounds

•11:00pm Fireworks Display By WildeFire Pyrotechnics Nuk Dik (Garbage) Point

Patriotic Music by KHNS Radio

July 5

•10 am - Noon Fort Seward Historic Tours. Meet at the Café, Portage Street

•11:00 - 2:00 BBQ at the Fire Hall

•1:30pm Flag Ceremony - Cannon Blast - Parade Grounds. Recalling our Journey to Statehood Special Speaker: Honorable Ted Stevens

•2:30 - 4:30pm Tea at Mimi's - House #3 Officer's Row. Special guest: Colonel

Thomas C. Woodbury, 1st Commanding Officer of Ft. Seward.

•2:30 - 4:30pm Field Games - Parade Grounds. Team games and individual challenges. Prizes.

•All Afternoon: Black Hawk Helicopter on Display - Parade Grounds. Courtesy of the Alaska National Guard

•4:30pm Chilkat Dancer Storytelling Theater Show (Entrance fee ½ price)- Tribal House

•5:30 - 7:30pm Salmon Feast Tribal House Parade Grounds.

•6:00pm Totem Frog Races - Parade grounds. Test your skill. Prizes.

•9:00pm Dance: Rock'em and Stomp'em for Statehood! Fort Seward Lodge. Live Techno-Rock by "Hot Fusion"

July 6

•8 - 11:00 am Commander's Sunday Breakfast Commander's Room Restaurant Hotel Halsingland

•1:30 pm Teddy Roosevelt's March 5K Walk Around the Fort. Starts at Flag Pole

•1:30pm Kite Flying Contest Parade Grounds Prizes (some kites available to buy at the event)

•2:00pm Journey to Statehood: Judge James Wickersham, early statehood pioneer. Chilkat Center

•3:00pm - 5:00pm Forum with special guest presenters "The Future of the Arts Chilkat Valley" Sponsored by Alaska Arts Confluence. Chilkat Center

•5:00 - 7:00pm A Taste of Haines - Salmon, Caviar and Beer Tasting at Fireweed Restaurant.


Fireworks can be purchased on the 3rd of July up at Coutlee's Rock Pit. They can only be shot off at the cleared end of the boat haul out fill area between the Ferry terminal. And the City Warehouse. There will be fireworks late the night of the 4th around 11:00pm or when it gets dark enough. Please clean up after yourselves.Parade starts at noon on the 4th from the City Blue Warehouse and ends in the park in the Harbor. There will be prizes for floats, groups and individual in categories of funniest, most work, most patriotic and cutest.

There will be booths for food and games set up in the park area. Vender permit are available for the day.

All actives and races will be in the park area this year. The smaller children's races will be on the grass area and the old peoples on the pavement in front of the Harbormasters Building. Races start at 1:00pm.

There is also a raffle with lots of great prizes. All proceeds will be split between the City of Hoonah Fourth of July Committee and the Hoonah Senior Center.

the City of Hoonah Fourth of July Committee and the Hoonah Senior Center.



July 3

•11:00 a.m. Parade travels through the streets of downtown Juneau

•11:59 p.m.: Fireworks display over Gastineau Channel

Douglas Island

July 3

•5:30 - 9:00 p.m. Douglas 4th of July Committee Soapbox Challenge Heat, Trials & Registration. Divisions: ages 5-6, ages 7-8, ages 9-10 (this is to qualify for finals on the 4th of July) Contact: Robert Jones 364-3134 for pre-registration and info

•7:00 p.m. DVFD Softball Game Savikko Park - Field #4 First Prize $20.00 • Second Prize $15.00 Contact Pat Eggers 364-3151

•Watermelon Eating Contest at Sandy Beach after the Fire/Rescue Softball Game

July 4

•11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Annual Sandcastle Challenge, SANDY BEACH: Registration 11:00, Award Time 4:00 P.M.

•Noon - 5:00 p.m. Deep Pit Beef Barbeque Dinner at Douglas Methodist Church

•1:00 -1:30 p.m. Great Alaska Steamboat Race MARINE PARK 1:00pm - SANDY BEACH @ 1:30 P.M

•1:00 - 5:00 p.m. 4H Club Pony Rides FIELD #1 5.00 per ride

•1:30 p.m. parade assembly time (Gastineau school)

•2:00 p.m. parade time

•2:00 P.M. IN FRONT OF FIRE HALL: Hot Dog Sale

•2:30 p.m. Field Sports at Savikko Park field, including sack races, 3-legged races, 10-, 20-, 30-, 40-, and 60- yard dashes.

•2:30 Dog Agility Trials FIELD #3

•3:00 Final Soapbox Challenge. Divisions: Ages 5-6, Ages 7-8 & Ages 9-10. Contact: Robert Jones 364-3134 for pre-registration & info

•3:30 p.m. Dog Frisbee Contest FIELD #3

•4:00: Make & Break IN FRONT OF FIRE HALL Olde Time Firemen's Hose Race

•4:00 - 9:00 p.m. Entertainment at FIELD #2: Lifted Embrace 4:00-5:00 pm; Avantgarde 5:00-6:00 pm; Lulu and the Aquanets 6:00-8:00 pm; Mystery Machine 8:00-9:00 pm

•Special Event: Douglas 2 Mile Funrun • JUNEAU TO DOUGLAS. No preregistration. No entry fee. Register from 12:30 - 1:25 P.M. on July 4th. Race starts at 1:30 P.M. at rotary side of bridge. Finish at Douglas Fire Hall. Commemorative Ribbons to all runners. Contact: Paul 364-3265

•Caterpiller Jump FIELD #3 $3.00 donation (includes tattoo)

•Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) Midevil Fighting and Dance. Contact Carl 789-2891 FIELD #4, 2:30 P.M.

• FOOD COURT Located at the entrance to the Treadwell Arena

• FREE BUS SERVICE - EVERY 20 MINUTESS (July 4th Only): Douglas to Juneau 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. Gastineau School; Juneau to Douglas 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. Juneau Federal Bldg.


• 4th of July Booths: Open to the public - Friday, July 4th from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. & Saturday, July 5th from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Questions contact Chere Klein at 225-8682 or

• 4th of July Parade: Line up begins at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 4th.The parade starts promptly at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 4th.

• Kiddy Parade. Children will gather in the Federal Building parking lot, starting at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 4th the kids will march north through the tunnel and loop back around to the Federal Building parking lot..For more information, please contact Susan Walsh at 247-3828.

• Annual Rubber Duck Race: With this year being the 20th anniversary of the Duck Race the first 20 ducks to cross the finish line winning cash prizes. The race begins at 5:00 p.m. Watch the race at the Creek Street Bridge and enjoy a free root beer float! Proceeds from this year's event will fund several community projects.For more information, contact Jim Shoemaker, First City Rotary President at 225-2093.

• Fireworks: The 4th of July fireworks are scheduled for 10:30 p.m. July 4.


• Noon: parade starts at the firehall.

• Events following the parade include wheel barrel, baby parade, pie eating, cookie munch, bucket brigade, clothes-pin race, baby line-up for toys, co-op-a-walk, squeeze & gulp, pop drinking, money dig, plastic egg on spoon, splat eggtoss, ball head race, tug-o-war.

• Lots of good food.

• 11:00 p.m. Fireworks display downtown.


July 4 - 6: Softball Tournament

July 3

• 9:00-11:00 p.m. STREET DANCE on Broadway between 2nd & 3rd Ave. Music provided by the Red Onion (Weather permitting)

•11:30 PM FIRE WORKS - Waterfront, good viewing from hillside.

July 4

•8:00 AM SKAGWAY NEWS RUN-AROUND - Meet at 3rd Ave. & Broadway, a 5K course around Historic Skagway - Days of '98 costume earns extra cheers. (Skagway News Co.)

•9:30 AM KIDDIE PARADE - This 'mini' parade starts at 2nd Ave., goes north on Broadway to 7th Ave.

•10:00 AM MAIN PRADE - From 7th Ave. & Broadway south to 1st Ave This parade goes both ways on Broadway, first south, around the 1st / 2nd Ave. block then back north to 7th. PLEASE KEEP STREET CLEAR. Emcee for the parade is: Blaine Mero


• EGG TOSS - HELP SKAGWAY GET INTO THE GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS!! - 4th Ave. & Broadway. There will be three sign up stations for participants in the Egg Toss: starting at 9 am, there will be tables at 2nd, 3rd and 4th on Broadway. We will need at least 338 signatures, with hometown and phone number or contact to break the Guinness World record set in Wrangell. The Egg Toss will start right after the parade ends. (Elks Lodge and Buckwheat)


• DESSERT AUCTION - 4TH Ave. & Broadway - Have your money ready and be on time, these go very fast! (Emblem Club)

• FOOT RACES - 4th Ave. & Broadway - Something for all ages, plus gunny sack & 3 - legged for over 6 years old.

(Skagway Chamber of Commerce)

• EAGLES B-B-Q - 6th Ave. & Broadway.

Step up quick for some of the best grilled hamburgers & brats- served with tasty baked beans & coleslaw. This year there will also be music & dancing! (Eagles, FOE # 25)

• 12:00 -1:00 PM- FUN & FOURTH OF JULY GAMES AT THE MOORE HOMESTEAD - Fifth and Spring Street - Kids of all ages are invited to attend and have fun exploring the lost art of play. (NPS)

• 1:00 - 6:00 PM -SOUTH OF THE BORDELLO - 2nd & Broadway. Stop by and enjoy South of the Bordello BBQ - serving chips & queso, fajitas, and sausage wraps! (Red Onion)

•1:00 PM -KIDS CARNIVAL- 3rd Ave. & Broadway. Proceeds benefit Little Dippers Daycare, Little Cherubs Daycare, & Skagway Summer Camp. (Skagway Childcare Council & Alaskan Fairytales)

• 1:00 PM-CHERUB DOGS -3rd Ave & Broadway. Stop by for one of Gramma Linda's delicious hot dogs! (Little Cherubs Daycare)

•1:30 PM -TUG-OF-WAR - on Broadway between 4th & 5th Ave. Which team is the strongest this year? ()

• 2:30 PM- ARM WRESTLING - on Broadway between 4th & 5th Ave. Let's hope your opponent isn't Capitan Hook! (Elks Lodge)

• 3:00 PM -HORSESHOES TOURNAMENT - 4th Ave. & Spring Street behind Westmark Maintenance building. Sometimes they take the horses out of the shoes first. (Elks Lodge)

• 3:30 PM -SLOW BIKE RACE - 3rd to 4th Ave. on Broadway. Whoever rides their bike the slowest without taking their feet off the pedals, WINS! Helmets required. (Sockeye Cycle)

• 4:00 PM -SPIKE DRIVING CONTEST - 4th Ave. next to The Mountain Shop. Bring your strong arm tactics and try this one! (White Pass Yukon Route)

• 5:30 PM 13th ANNUAL DUCKY DERBY - Pullen Pond. Come watch those character duckies go! 1000 little plastic duckies fight their way to the finish line. First duck across the finish line earns $1000. Five wild ducks picked at random each earn $100.


July 2

• Noon -1:00 p.m. Art Clark Scrap Fish Derby Summer float. Two Age Categories: 6-9 & 10-13

• 1:30 Big Wheel Races Kyle Angerman Playground, Children 3-6 years of age. Big Wheels provided for the races, or children can bring their own. Children race against children of the same age and gender.

• 5:00 - 10:00 p.m. Welcome Home Picnic Shoemaker Picnic Area. Potluck.Everyone welcome, Bring your out of town family & friends.

• 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Great Alaskan Blue Grass Band at the Nolan Center.$ 10.00 per ticket

July 3

• 2:00 Pie Eating Contest, Jitterbugs Parking Lot. All Ages Welcome.

• 8:00 - 11:00 p.m. Coronation Ball at the Nolan Center

• 10:00 p.m. - close Great Alaskan Bluegrass Band at Raymes Bar

July 4

• 7:00 a.m. Independence Day Fun Run/Walk/Ride/Bike. Registration at the 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. For more information call 874-2444

• 8:30 - 9:15 a.m. Independence Day Ecumenical Worship Group Parking Lot of Bobs' IGA.Pastors from churches in Wrangell are excited to start our celebration with a service honoring God. Open to public and you may want to bring a chair.

• 11:00 a.m. Parade. Front Street. Theme: "Wrangell welcomes you home." Floats gather on the outer drive, 9:30am with the judging at 10:00 entrants after 10:00 am will not be judged, but may participate. Business/organization-churches-family

• 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Junior Olympics, Outer Drive. Ages 4-6.

• 12:30 - 1:30 pm Barb Neyman Toddler Games, City Hall Lawn. Ages 0 - 4. For more info call 874-3184. Street Games

• 1:00 p.m. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LOGGING SHOW Northland Yard. Sign up, 12 noon to 1pm, Ages 18 and over. Events are Power Bucking, Hand Bucking Single, Idaho, Ma & Pa, Choker Setting, Axe Chopping and Axe Throwing

• 1:30 p.m. Running Races: 50yd. Dash, 100yd dash, and 150yd 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, such as 5-6,7-8,9-10, ....51-99. Egg Toss will start at 3:30 pm,

• 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Golf the 4th, City Hall Lawn. Chipping contest, 10 balls, $5.00

Lots of prizes & grand prize.

3:00 p.m. 3rd Annual Crazy Craft Race. City Dock -Summer

3:30 Wrangell Chamber of Commerce Log Rolling Show. City Dock Summer Float. Sign up during the logging show, ages 18 and over. $ 20.00 entry fee,

• 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Alaskan Blue Grass Band Nolan Center $10.00 per ticket

• Baby Parade: Babies and Expectants

• Wrangell very own Professional Band. Director Haig Demerjian.Located in Front of Stikine Drug before and during parade

• 2008 Grand Marshalls: Returning Military. 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. Open all day

• Elks Horse Shoes, 12 noon sign up.1:00 game.Check Elks for schedule!

Street Booths Throughout Town! Enjoy!

• 10:00 - close. Great Alaskan Bluegrass Band. Raymes Bar.

• FIREWORKS. 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.

July 5

3 On 3 basketbal tournament at covered basketball court (next to elementary school). $10.00 per person. Men and Women 16 & up. Registration at noon, games start at 1:00 p.m. Ladies play first. Entry fees are due at the time of sign up. Cash prize will be awarded to winning team.

July 6

1:00 Fitness Triathlon, starts at pool. 3 mile walk or run/ 6.5mile Bike/ 10 lap swimming. $15.00 per person. All ages.


July 4

• 1:00 p.m. parade followed by canoe races, foot races and vending booths.

• 7:00 p.m. BBQ at Sandy Beach

• 11:00 p.m. Fireworks over Monti Bay