Anchorage kicks off annual Fourth of July celebrations

Downtown Anchorage was painted in an array of red, white and blue during the city’s annual Fourth of July celebration.
Published: Jul. 4, 2022 at 6:29 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Downtown Anchorage was painted in an array of red, white and blue during the city’s annual Fourth of July celebration.

The festivities kicked off Monday morning featuring a parade circling downtown that had a variety of different floats painting an image of the diverse Anchorage community. Some of the floats included pageant participants, veterans, vintage vehicles and different cultural groups represented in the community.

“It definitely gave me a sense of pride, seeing all the friendly faces, all the waving, all the cameras and everything,” said event participant Andrew Karmun. “This was my first time seeing a Fourth of July parade here in Anchorage and it was really cool seeing all the dancers, all the fire trucks, everybody out supporting.”

Meanwhile, Delaney Park Strip transformed into a mini fairground with a variety of rides, fairground games, vendors and food, giving everyone in the community something to enjoy while creating a sense of union, which people said that’s what the day is all about.

“It means my freedom, it means independence for all Americans,” Brett Pearce, who was at the festivities, said.

The festivals continued into Monday evening with the annual Alaska Baseball League doubleheader baseball game between the Glacier Pilots and Anchorage Bucs at Mulcahy Stadium, followed by the postgame fireworks.

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