Warm and sunny weekend wishes to all AKontheGO’ers. I’m sure you are crossing your fingers for a continuation of this fine summer weather. It’s a three-day holiday weekend ahead of us, so let’s get some star-spangeled, super-duper family fun on tap for the weekend, brought to you by Alaska Center for Pediatrics, proud sponsor of AKontheGO’s Fun Friday. ACP has been caring for kids since 1982, and they remind every parent to supervise children ever-so-closely this 4th of July weekend. Safety first, folks.
Here are the happenings around southcentral Alaska this weekend:
FRIDAY: Music in the Park starts at Noon at Peratrovich Park on 4th Avenue, downtown Anchorage. Take a break with the kids and enjoy some local talent while relaxing on the lawn of the this lovely park. FREE.
The Girdwood Forest Fair begins Friday and continues through Sunday along Glacier Creek near the playground. Enjoy crafts, music, face-painting, and a healthy dose of forest fun at this long-running Girdwood tradition. Fri/Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
SATURDAY: Learn a bit about the Polynesian culture at the annual Polynesian Cultural Flag Day event at the Delaney Park Strip in downtown Anchorage. From 11 a.m.-4 p.m., hear some oral history of the Polynesian residents of Alaska, hear fabulous island music, and eat wonderful food. FREE.
Help out the Eagle River Nature Center community on Saturday by pulling up invasive weeds from 3-5 p.m. Yes, grab the little and big kids and play “whack-a-weed” along Eagle River Road. Meet at the Eagle River Nature Center at 3 p.m. sharp. FREE. (Great for scout troops, btw). Parents must supervise kids at all times.
SUNDAY: Don’t miss Eagle River’s famous Independence Day Celebration over the 3rd at Lions Park, and on the 4th in Chugiak. Play games, hear music, and gather some good old-fashioned American spirit on the 3rd starting at 6:30 p.m. Join the parade on Sunday at the Chugiak Fire Station at 2 p.m.
MONDAY: Run on down to the Delaney Park Strip for the Anchorage July 4 Celebration for a full day of family fun, starting at 9 a.m. with a pancake breakfast and parade. Join your neighbors for this annual event that continues until 6 p.m.
If your family wants to get out and hike, try the Independence Mine State Historical Park at Hatcher Pass. At 2 p.m. park staff and members of the gold mining community will be on hand with panning stations, maps, and tons of information about this fabulous site just north of Palmer. We’ll be there, scampering around the trails and investigating AK Kid’s ability to score some color.
Post your favorite 4th of July photos on our Facebook page and let us see how you celebrate this summertime icon of family fun!