For residents or travelers in the southern Kenai Peninsula, the Fourth of July can be a busy day. Homer, Anchor Point and Seldovia are going all out to celebrate.
Here are scheduled events:
The holiday parade will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Slidehole Campground and proceed to the Silver King Campground by the Anchor River.
The rubber duck race will be in the river from River Forks to Gull Rock. It begins at 1 p.m.
Intrepid boaters are invited to the raft race, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. It will run from River Forks to the Coho Campground. Life jackets are required.
The community picnic will be at Ma Walli Rock Park. It begins at 1:30 p.m. with a chili and dessert cook-off. The potluck picnic begins at 2 p.m. The awards presentation and button drawing are scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
The horseshoe tournament will be at 3 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post on Milo Fritz Road. The entry fee is $5.
For more information on any of the Anchor Point festivities, call the Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce at (907) 235-2600.
The July 4 Gold Tournament, sponsored by and located at the Kachemak Lynx Golf Course on East End Road, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be in a scramble format for all ability levels. A barbecue lunch will be included. For registration info, call (907) 235-0606.
The Antiques on Wheels Show will feature antique buggies, cars, tractors, wagons, bikes and more on display. Admission is free. The show is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Spenard Builders Supply on Lake Street.
The Homer American Legion Auxiliary will host its 18th annual July 4 carnival in Homer at the American Legion building at Mile 2.5 East End Road from noon to 4 p.m. Food and games for all ages will include hot dogs, burgers and face painting.
The Homer Elks Lodge on Jenny Lane will host its scholarship barbecue from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call (907) 235-2127.
The Alaska Brass Air Force Band of the Pacific will give a free, 30-minute concert at 3 p.m. in WKFL Park on Pioneer Avenue.
The Down East Saloon on 3 Mile East End Road will host a pig roast starting at 3 p.m. The event includes food, games, prizes and a horseshoe tournament. At 5 p.m. a dance begins, featuring live music by Ray-Jen Cajun.
The Homer community barbecue and dance party will begin with a cookout at 3:30 p.m. After the parade, "It Doesn't Matter" will play live dance music. The party is at the parking lot of Bay Realty on Pioneer Avenue.
Baseball fans are invited to a double header starting at 4 p.m. at Homer High School. Featured are the Mariner Storm vs. the West High Eagles.
The parade will begin at 6 p.m. at Homer High School and travel down Pioneer Avenue. Cash prizes will be given for the best entries. The Alaska Brass Air Force Band of the Pacific will provide music.
The Homer Boys and Girls Club will have a raffle in its parking lot following the parade. About $2,000 in prizes will be awarded.
Pier One Theatre on the Homer Spit will present a performance of the play "The Curious Savage" at 7:30 p.m. For information and reservations, call (907) 235-7333.
Alaska's balladeer, Hobo Jim, will perform at Alice's Champagne Palace on Pioneer Avenue starting at 9 p.m.
The pancake breakfast will be 7 to 11 a.m. at the fire hall.
The Salmon Shuffle 5K race begins on Main Street at 9 a.m.
The chamber of commerce booth opens at 10 a.m. with coffee, pop, doughnuts and buttons at the Fantasy North yard.
The parade will begin at 11 a.m. by the ferry parking lot and proceed up Main Street. This year's theme is "A Small Community with a Big Heart" and the "Old Crab" guest of honor is Rep. Don Young.
Food and game booths will be in the open harbor area, and youngsters are invited to chalk on the Lendt driveway on Main Street, all starting at 11 a.m.
The baked goods auction will be 11:30 a.m. to noon on the Main Street Ice Cream porch.
Foot races for all ages begin at noon on Main Street and go from the clinic to the harbor. Kids' games follow at 1 p.m. and adult games at 2 p.m. at the same place.
Patriotic mime performance, new this year, will be in the Kachemak Cafe parking lot at 1:30 p.m.
Canoe jousting, log roll and other in-water games will be at the harbor starting at 3 p.m.
Softball matches will have Seldovia vs. visitors at the school ball field at 4 p.m.
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