The 2004 4th of July parade in Kenai was a true community celebration. From motorcycle clubs, to cheerleaders, 4-H members to politicians, a real cross section of life on the Kenai turned out to wish America a happy birthday. For more than 35 years the 4th of July parade sponsored by the Kenai Chamber of Commerce has become a community tradition. A time not only to remember our national heritage, but to commemorate all the activities and opportunities America's freedom offers us here in Alaska. A time as well to honor those local heroes who have served, are serving, and have fallen in dedication to those freedoms. Kathy Watson rode her late husband John's motorcycle with a simple emblem that now reads, "In the line of duty, John P Watson DOB 8-12-60, EOW 12-25-03."
A young rider enjoys the 4th of July Parade
It was mostly a warm sunny day, but by the time the last float passed the judges stand, a cloud burst had soaked those bringing up the rear of the parade including the kids and athletes on the 2006 Arctic Winter Games float. Those honored for outstanding floats in this year's parade included the Kenai Senior Center as the 1st place Overall Winner, Grace Lutheran Church & School took 2nd. In the Commercial category 1st place went to the Diamond M Ranch RV Park entry, driven by Carrol Martin, and 2nd to the Alaska Hospitality Lodge. Molly Watkins won 1st as an Individual with her entry "The Red that Got Away." Second went to Celebrations-Wedding Consulting. The Alaska Young Marines won the Youth award, and in the Automobile category, Heritage Place took 1st place honors followed by the Disabled American Veterans entry.
Carrol Martin with the 1st Place Diamond M Ranch float.
Kathy Watson, rode her late husband Johns Harley in the 4th of July parade
4th of July Parade float winners were honored at Kenai Chamber luncheon.
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