A look back at 2020 for Alaskans

Ringing in 2021 in Downtown Anchorage
A view of the fireworks from the 5th Avenue parking garage in Downtown Anchorage as folks rang...
A view of the fireworks from the 5th Avenue parking garage in Downtown Anchorage as folks rang in 2021.(Taylor Clark)
Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 11:12 AM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - That was a rough one, to say the least. Widely seen as one of the worst years in recent memory, 2020 is officially over. It’s hard to look past everything that went wrong, but at the end of the year, it wasn’t all bad for many people.

Anchorage Downtown Partnership’s drive-in New Year’s Eve festivities checked all the boxes for a ringing in a new year with live music streamed on Facebook and over the radio, to-go specials from local restaurants, and a solid fireworks display. The only downside was the traffic to exit the parking lots and garages that filled up with spectators happy to still have something to do to celebrate.

As spectators lined the parking spaces waiting for the show, some with pizza or other food boxed in their cars, there was a lot of time to reflect on the year we’ll never forget.

Many of us were hit hard. Most notably, those who lost their loved ones to the pandemic. There were also financial struggles, waiting for help from the government, uncertainty, parents suddenly becoming teachers, the isolation of quarantine, and so much more.

Not only was it bad, but it seemed like every month there was another ludicrous event adding to the madness. Many folks celebrating downtown had a hard time remembering everything that happened because there was so much to recall.

However, the one thing people said they couldn’t comprehend more than anything was the panic shopping and that period of time when it was almost impossible to find a roll of toilet paper.

While all the bad things and the craziness cannot be understated, there were a lot of good moments sprinkled into many people’s 2020.

Only a few of the things folk were looking back fondly on were: that people still got engaged and married; babies were born; kids grew up; new hobbies were discovered; pets were adopted; patience was learned; we spent more time with our families; we learned how to adapt to life at home; and communities took care of each other.

While everyone was still excited for 2020 to be over, many looked back on the last day of the year thinking about how they made it through it, and that was a good thing too.

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