Fourth of July Celebration

Wasilla is home to a large community Fourth of July celebration every year. The town has several events planned that celebrate Independence Day.

Each year, Wasilla hosts a large parade that winds its way through town, with blocked off streets, starting at 11 a.m. The parade route is approximately 1.6 miles long and there are numerous locations that are ideal for viewing the floats, fire trucks and festivities. It is one of Alaska's largest Fourth of July parades and is a highlight of the summer. Following the parade, the Mayor's Picnic is held each year at Iditapark at the intersection of Lucille and Nelson avenues. Free food and drink is provided starting at 1 p.m. each year.

While Wasilla's parade is large, Talkeetna's parade may be the most unique you'll ever see. The small town celebrates with a parade that goes down the short Main Street, but if you miss it, don't worry - it turns around and does the same route in reverse! It starts at noon each year.

While there isn't a parade in downtown Palmer, there are often concerts featuring live music at Palmer Alehouse and other locations.

The community of Willow also celebrates the Fourth of July with a small community parade at the community center. It begins at noon and ends with a community barbecue.