Q: What do they do in Alaska in the summer?Small town Independence Day -- there is nothing more Americana!
A: If it falls on the 4th of July, they have a picnic.
Temperatures were in the high 50s in Haines when the festivities began at 11 AM -- I don't remember ever wearing a winter hat and mittens on the Fourth of July before! I guess I am just a warm-weather-wimp now -- some Alaskans wore sleeveless tops and were seemingly quite comfortable.
The crowd was with him as he spoke of "life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness." By the time he got to the charges against King George, some of the parade-ready were wearying a bit and multiple personal conversations cropped up. Most didn't hear him say "transportating," twice -- a word never imagined in 1776. Sensing the end was near, however, the crowd rallied when he got to one of my favorite lines: "... we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor." What a powerful thing to write, and what courage it took to sign.
The "Men of Note" then sang the National Anthem a capella, while some in the crowd saluted, some placed their hand over their heart, and some recorded the moment for posterity as the parade waited patiently in the background.
After the parade, we skedaddled to what John called the "City Park/Cemetery" (they are contiguous and seemingly the same place) for more celebrations.
First we had a hamburger while we watched the Bubble Fun:
Can't forget the mud volleyballer's pit:
All day, flags were flying, bunting was flapping, and everyone was enjoying a great Alaska day: