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Independence Day 2019 events around Alaska

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: July 2, 2019
  • Published July 2, 2019

World War II veteran Ken Krasselt, of Anchorage, talks with Yuko Hartley near the Veterans Memorial on the Delaney Park Strip. Thousands gathered in downtown Anchorage for the Independence Day parade on 9th and 10th Avenues on Friday, July 4, 2014. A festival on the Delaney Park Strip continued through the afternoon with live music, food and games.


Fourth of July Parade and Festival — On the Park Strip, there will be a pancake breakfast ($5) at 8 a.m., community and veteran’s parade at 11 a.m., reading of the Declaration of Independence by the Harvard Club at Veterans Memorial Flag Pole at 1 p.m. and a festival with more than 50 vendors, plus amusement rides that run until 6 p.m. Thursday, Delaney Park Strip, (; 907-279-7500)

July Fourth Doubleheader — Watch the Glacier Pilots and Bucs play a special doubleheader for Independence Day, (Note: There will not be a fireworks after the game due to wildfire danger.) $10-$15. 7 p.m. Thursday, Mulcahy Stadium, 498 E. 16th Ave. (907-561-2827)

Fourth of July BBQ — This community event will be full of live music and barbecue, including brisket, ribs and chicken, as well as desserts and sides. $6-$8. 1-5 p.m. Thursday, American Legion Jack Henry Post One, 840 W. Fireweed Lane.

Fourth of July Freedom Celebration At this event there will be food, bouncy houses, music, movies and good company. Free. 2-5 p.m. Thursday, Muldoon Community Assembly, 7041 DeBarr Road.

Outside Anchorage

Third of July — Get a head start on Independence Day at this Wednesday event featuring vendors, music and stuff for the kids. (Note: Fireworks display at midnight is canceled). Free. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Wednesday, Eagle River Alaska Lions Club, 18344 Eagle River Road, Eagle River.

Glacier View Fourth of July — Vehicles and other means of transportation will be launched into the sky — this year promises a Cadillac stretch limo and a boat will be in the lineup. There will also be a noon flyover, which will be followed by an “eclectic parade.” $10-$20. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday. Attendees can zip-line at a discounted rate. Glacier View River Retreat, 35068 W. Glenn Highway., Glacier View.

An unmanned Chevy van flies through the air after being launched off a 300-foot bluff in Glacier View, Alaska on July 4, 2016. The van was one of three vehicles launched at the 12th annual 4th of July community potluck. (Scott Jensen / ADN archive)

Fourth of July Parade in Homer — Community members dressed in red, white and blue will roll down Pioneer Avenue in celebration of Independence Day. Free. 6 p.m. Thursday, Pioneer and Lake, Homer.

Fourth of July Jubilee in Hope — Listen to the Ken Peltier Band, march in a town-wide parade and compete in a hot dog eating contest. $15. 4-11 p.m. Thursday, Creekbend Co., 19842 Hope Highway, Hope.

92nd Mount Marathon Race and Fourth of July Festival Cheer on runners as they tackle a grueling race up and down a 3,022-foot mountain. While you’re there, enjoy festival food, vendors and play games outdoors. Wednesday night there will be fireworks on the waterfront at 11:59 p.m. (as of Tuesday, officials confirmed the fireworks display had not been canceled). 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday in Seward.

Women near the top of Mount Marathon in the 2014 race. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

Kenai’s July Fourth Parade and Festivities — Watch a parade of people dressed in red, white and blue walk through Kenai. There will also be a kids carnival, a bouncy house, a beer garden and live music by Troubadour North. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, 11471 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai.

Tok Fourth of July Festival — Watch dazzling floats, ATVs and people in patriotic costumes march in a parade. Afterwards enjoy good music, food and company. There will be activities and competitions you can see all day. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tok Fairgrounds, Tok Cutoff (Mile 1314, Alaska Highway).

Pioneer Park Fourth of July Celebration Visit Pioneer Park for a day of live music, outdoor games, bubbles, a three-legged race, face painting and more. Free admission. 1-8 p.m. Thursday, Fairbanks Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way, Fairbanks.

Juneau Fourth of July Parade — Watch a parade travel through town, which will begin at West Eighth and Egan Drive. Free. 11 a.m. Thursday, Juneau.