By Greta Mart
Haines will be celebrating the Fourth of July this weekend with its usual smorgasbord of events and activities, capped with a fireworks finale late Saturday night.
The Independence Day fun kicks off Friday with a Texas-style barbecue hosted by the Haines Volunteer Fire Department. Fireman Al Badgley says he and his crew are prepping a menu that includes 580 pounds of brisket and 225 pounds of potato salad. The meal will take place at the Fire Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tickets for the BBQ cost $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Badgley says the Department is holding their event on the Third to avoid competing with the July 4th hamburger and hot dog feed, hosted by the Friends of the Library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Tlingit Park.
Other events planned at Tlingit Park on Saturday afternoon are the Native Youth Olympic Games and the Hammer Museum’s spike and nail driving contests.
Mount Ripinsky Run is back on this year after heavy rains cancelled the event in 2014. Participants will meet in front of the Legion Hall starting at 7:30 on Saturday morning and there is a $5 entry fee.
The Haines Fourth Of July Parade starts at 11 a.m. at Thor’s Fitness in the former Elks Lodge. The Chamber of Commerce organizes the parade. Here’s executive director Debra Schnabel:
“This is the first year that we’re actually going to have a wrap-around, where if people stay on Main Street they’ll see the parade come back around. We wanted to have a longer parade in terms of time, I don’t know if it will be longer in terms of length.”
Haines residents David and Charlotte Olerud will serve as grand marshals.
There’s a book sale at the library and an arts and crafts sale at the Haines Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A trap shoot is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Mud Bay Shooting Range and Bingo also at 5 p.m. at the ANB Hall.
However, the planned ANB/ANS Salmon Bake has been cancelled until further notice due to a lack of salmon, said an ANB hall volunteer on Thursday.
The California Feetwarmers, the Fishpickers and the God Particles will play in the 5th Annual Music Fest from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Fort Seward Parade Grounds. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids five to 15. Those five and under get to boogie for free.
The holiday’s finale is a fireworks display to be launched from the end of Port Chilkoot Dock starting at 11 p.m. Haines Tourism Director Leslie Ross said the best viewing spots will be in the fort or along the waterfront, but she asked spectators in boats to stay 500 feet away from the end of PC Dock.
Haines’ post office and bank are open for business Friday, but borough offices will be closed.