Alaska Life

What's going on for Fourth of July weekend? Parades, fireworks, Mount Marathon and Forest Fair

Girdwood Forest Fair

Girdwood Forest Fair will have live music, food vendors, craft booths and good vibes through Sunday. Saturday kicks off at 10 a.m. with the annual parade. Alaska bands and other live acts will perform on three stages. Limited parking at the Alyeska Resort Daylodge with a shuttle service to the fair site. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Girdwood Community Park, Mile 2.2 on the Alyeska Highway. Carpooling is encouraged. There's no admission fee. (

Mount Marathon

The small town of Seward turns into a huge party for this epic footrace up Mount Marathon, which always happens on July 4. Enjoy Independence Day festivities and cheer on the athletes in the historic downtown district. The race begins Monday at 9 a.m. with the juniors race. Men race at 11 a.m., there will be a Fourth of July parade at 1 p.m. and women race at 2:30 p.m. (

Wasilla Summerfest

There will be carnival rides — Zipper, Sizzler and Ferris wheel included — throughout the long weekend at the Menard Sports Center. Thirty dollars lets you ride all day, or it's $1 a ticket (each ride takes 3-5 tickets). Element 47 will play at 6 p.m. Saturday and Studebaker Hawk will play at 6 p.m. Sunday. Noon-9 p.m. Saturday-Monday. (

Fourth of July celebrations 


Anchorage — Start with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. ($5), then check out the parade at 11 a.m. and festival from noon to 6 p.m., all at the Delaney Park Strip. The University of Washington marching band performs at 12:30 p.m. and the Declaration of Independence will be read at 1 p.m. at the Anchorage Veterans Memorial flagpole. The annual Alaska Baseball League doubleheader between Anchorage's Glacier Pilots and Bucs is scheduled for 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Mulcahy Stadium. After the games, fireworks will light up the sky at the stadium around midnight. (16th Avenue and Cordova Street)

Eagle River — The festivities begin 6 p.m. Sunday, July 3, with food, entertainment and games in Eagle River Lions Park and a fireworks display at midnight. On Monday, there will be a community parade at 2 p.m. (

Wasilla — The parade starts on Main Street at 11 a.m. Monday. Afterward, stick around for free hot dogs, games and music at the Mayor's Picnic at Wonderland Park at Lucille Street. (

Homer —  The parade begins at 6 p.m. Monday and will progress down Pioneer Avenue. (

Seward — Fireworks start at 12:01 a.m. Monday at the waterfront. When the  men's Mount Marathon race wraps up Monday, Main Street will be cleared for the parade to make its way through the crowds at about 1 p.m. (

Talkeetna — Enjoy the parade at noon, then get ready for "Moose on the Loose" where decorated wooden moose will be auctioned off in Village Park. (

Fairbanks — An Independence Day 5K starts at 10 a.m. with food, family activities, a craft bazaar, entertainment and military colors ceremony to follow at 11 a.m. at Pioneer Park. At 7 p.m., the San Francisco Seals will take on the Alaska Goldpanners at Wilbur Street and Second Avenue, across from the Carlson Center.


Victoria Barber

Victoria Barber was formerly the features editor at the Anchorage Daily News and is an occasional contributor.