Hot Picks: Independence Day parades, picnics and more

Celebrate the Fourth

There are plenty of picnics and festivals for Independence Day, and Alaskans never let near-continuous daylight stop them from a fireworks display.

If you're in downtown Anchorage, head to Ninth Avenue between K and I streets to see the Fourth of July parade starting at 11 a.m. The parade will be followed by a festival at noon, featuring over 50 local vendors, activities and free entertainment. There will also be a reading of the Declaration of Independence at 1 p.m. at the flagpole on I Street. (279-7500,

The Anchorage Museum will host an "All American Picnic" beginning at noon Friday. The menu includes classics like fried chicken, hamburgers, baked beans and chocolate cake. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. The picnic will be held outdoors, weather permitting. Anchorage Museum, 625 C St. $14.95; children younger than 12 pay their age. (929-9200,

Want to take in some of our national pastime? The annual Glacier Pilots-Bucs Alaska Baseball League doubleheader will start at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Mulcahy Stadium, followed by fireworks at 11:20 p.m. $8. (,

Rock and roll is as American as apple pie, and the Crazy Horse will host a music festival featuring Guitar Shorty, Joey Fender & the 55s and other bands. There will also be a beer garden, food trucks and vendors. 5 p.m. Friday, Crazy Horse, 1565 Gambell St. $20. (279-1231)

RiffTrax Live: 'Sharknado'

The stars of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" harpoon the ridiculousness of the movie "Sharknado," 8 p.m. Thursday, Regal Tikahtnu, 1102 N. Muldoon Road, and Century 16, 301 E. 36th Ave.

'The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)'

If you love musicals or love to hate them, this show might be for you. Each of the five acts is a short musical parodying (and paying homage to) the style of an American or British musical theater composer or composer/lyricist team. The plot? "I can't pay the rent!" Produced by Midnight Sun Theatre and directed by David Block. Opening 7 p.m. Friday, at Alaska Community Theater, 1133 E. 70th Ave. Runs through July 26. $12-$16. (868-4913,

Art Night at Sub Zero

Sub Zero wants to know: would you like a Classy Trashy while you paint? The downtown bar and pop-up art studio Palette have teamed up for an evening of art instruction. Must be 21 or older. Please bring valid ID. 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sub Zero Microlounge, 612 F St.