Haines Summer Vacation Weekend Review: First Friday and July 4th Events | Radio KHNS
Haines has a busy summer vacation weekend ahead, with artist exhibits on First Friday across town as well as the July 4th celebration. Corinne Smith of KHNS has this roundup.
This holiday weekend kicks off with the first Friday, with several artists exhibiting their works in different venues around the city.
Jacob Weerasinghe, 16, will present his Alaska Creations candles, jewelry and clothing at the Alaska Arts Confluence from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“I am so excited. I did three first Fridays before the crown, and this will be my fourth, and Art Confluence looks so like the goal because it’s the people who really put it on, and it’s really my goal and my dream to be theirs. first Friday artist, so it’s really special to finally have the opportunity to do it.
The Bookstore and Ampersand AK will both feature furniture by cabinetmaker Joanne Waterman, with a reception starting at 5 p.m.
The Haines Brewing Company will feature oil and watercolor paintings by Walter Betz, a longtime resident of Haines. And local artist Tawny Darling will be exhibiting new oil paintings at the Port Chilkoot Distillery, starting at 4 p.m.
On Saturday July 3, 33 Mile Roadhouse will host a roast pork starting at 6:30 p.m. and a fireworks display at 11 p.m. They may or may not run the Mechanical Bull if they can find someone to run it. The roast pork dinner is $ 22 per plate with all the garnishes. They are also always looking for live music for the evening.
On Sunday, Haines’ July 4th festivities will kick off with the annual parade starting at 12:30 p.m. and lining up at 12 p.m. at Thor’s Fitness. Tracey Harmon from the Haines Chamber of Commerce helped organize the holiday events. This year’s theme is “Back to the Future”.
“The idea is that we want to go back to a pre-pandemic time, where we could come together and celebrate and be with our friends and family,” she said. “But now that this is our future, we are trying to look back and find the best way to move forward.”
Harmon says they think the risk of COVID should be low because it is an outdoor event, and recommend a distance of six feet during the parade. But the masks will not be compulsory.
There will be prizes for the best dressed character from the Back to the Future movements, the best parade float, “tThe best bike is usually the kids category, ”said Harmon. “And then the best musical or dance number, as well as the best dressed dog.” It’s really cute.
After the parade, there will be traditional July 4th activities at the Southeast Alaska Fairgrounds, as Tlingit Park is under construction along with the new longhouse pavilion. Starting at 1 p.m., several community groups will be selling food as a fundraiser, including the Haines Library hosting a bake and book sale.
There will also be running races, a raffle, and then an awards ceremony, followed by a performance by the Chilkat Dancers at 3:15 pm.
At 9 p.m., the cannon will be fired at the Port Chilkoot parade grounds and the Picture Point fireworks display at 11 p.m.
For a full schedule of July 4th events, see the Haines Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.