Nothing compares to Fourth of July in Juneau, where the fireworks go head to head with some of the most famous skies and vistas in the world. On July 3, a fireworks display in nearby Gastineau kicks off the long weekend, leading up to a full day of celebration and patriotism on the Fourth.

Don’t miss the Juneau Parade that winds through the streets starting at 11 a.m. You’ll see jaw-dropping floats, marching bands, classic cars and local organizations in their best red, white and blue. It’s a good thing the Gastineau fireworks, which take place one minute before midnight the night before, get everyone in the mood for the best parade in the region.

Love for Parades

Next up is the Douglas Parade at 2 p.m. Grand Marhals Bea Findlay, Selina Everson, Jim Triplette and Rosa Miller host a full day of parade-loving fun filled with candy, flag flying and family festivities. With hot dog sales in front of Douglas Fire Hall, field events like three-legged races and sack races post-parade, soapbox challenge and medieval jousting, this is a Fourth you’ll never forget.

Hose races with the fire department, raffle prizes and the most delicious fare from local vendors help make this summer holiday the perfect Juneau trip highlight.