Fun Friday for Independence Day

Another holiday weekend is kicking off down up in Anchorage while AK Fam finishes up the last of our week in Homer. Emails are flowing into the AKontheGO In Box, telling of festivals and fun across the state.

Seward has the Mount Marathon race and town party on the 4th, starting at 9:30 a.m. with the Junior’s Race, Women at 11:15 a.m. and Men at 3 p.m. If you’ve never seen a bunch of people race up and down a rocky, thrill-a-second mountain, here’s your chance. It’s insane, in an Alaskan sort of way. The “official” Independence Day celebration started at noon today with food, craft vendors, and continues tomorrow with that race, a parade, and some great fireworks to cap it all off.

Whittier has a truly old-fashioned 4th celebration, too, and their parade is full of cars, trucks, and funky clowns that keep the kids happy. If you’re looking for something off the beaten path, this is it. Don’t expect fluff; this is Whittier after all, and with our weather lately, remember the raingear and boots. But all in all, Whittier can deliver a pretty good day, especially with a trip to Begich, Boggs, Visitor Center thrown in on the way home.

Anchorage is kicking off Independence Day with a pancake feed at 8:30 a.m. down on the Park Strip, a celebrity dunk tank at 9:00 a.m., and a parade at 11 a.m. The Strip is full of booths, bouncy things to play on, and an exhibit from the Anchorage Museum, along with a bunch of great music to keep toes tapping.

Wasilla will celebrate with a fireworks display at midnight Saturday at Ididapark, and community events pick up on Sunday with a parade at 11 a.m. downtown, and a mayor’s picnic at 1:30 p.m. Willow is joining the fun with a parade at noon on Sunday starting at the Willow Trading Post, with a potluck lunch afterwards at the Willow Community Center.

That Girdwood Forest Fair is moving and grooving the streets of the town all weekend, starting today and ending Sunday. Located in the Community Park area of the city at Mile 2.2, the Forest Fair offers music, crafts, and food vendors starting at 11 a.m. each day. Promised by Girdwood not to be the crazy party-scene of past fairs, this year’s Forest Fair is a new beginning and should be pretty family-friendly, with designated start/stop times for events. Stop by the Playground nearby for a little hanging-out time, too.

What is AK Fam doing? Well, we still have a house full of visiting family who haven’t yet seen all of the outdoor bounty Alaska provides, so I think we’ll be heading up Arctic Valley for a little alpine hiking, as is our tradition on Independence Day to check out the berry prospects, then migrate home for some blueberry-rhubarb pie.

Whatever you do, just be sure you do it together, and have a blessed Independence Day. Cheers and happy trails!

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