Homer, Anchor Point to hold Independence Day festivities

Seize this Independence Day with a number of events hosted by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and the Virl “Pa” Haga VFW Post 10221 in Anchor Point.

Homer is celebrating being officially declared a U.S. Coast Guard City with its parade theme, “Seas the Day.” The parade will kick off from Homer High School on Tuesday, July 4 at 3 p.m. and head down Pioneer Avenue to the parking lot on Woodside Avenue near the old Homer Middle School. Community members are encouraged to join in the fun with nautically decked-out floats, boats and costumes.

Chris and Zoe Story will be serving as parade emcees at the Global Credit Union judging station in front of the Bay Realty office on Pioneer Avenue, according to the Homer Chamber of Commerce website. A second judging station sponsored by Muslow & Agnew Group LLC will also be located in front of the Art Shop Gallery on Pioneer Avenue.

Prizes will be awarded to winning parade entries.

For more information or to enter the parade, contact Jessica Moore at events@homeralaska.org or 907-235-2327.

The Anchor Point VFW has planned a weekend full of family-friendly events to celebrate the Fourth of July. All events are open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Visit the VFW at 72551 Milo Fritz Ave in Anchor Point from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, June 30 for burger night.

On Saturday, July 1, festivities kick off at 1 p.m. with a coin hunt and games for kids. A chili cookoff will begin at 1:30 p.m., followed by a horseshoe tournament at 2 p.m. The VFW will host a fish fry from 5-7 p.m., with live music provided by the “singing fisherman” Butch Leman beginning at 6 p.m.

Gather at the Anchor River Bridge on Sunday, July 2 at noon for the annual community duck race. Ducks are available for sale until July 2 at the Anchor Point VFW, the Cheeky Moose laundromat, Useful Things pawn shop, the Blue Bus diner, GG’s Pizza, Thurmond’s, and VBS Heating LLC in Homer. Prices vary based on duck color. Prizes will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place winning ducks in each color category.

The VFW will host matinee bingo on Sunday at 1:30 p.m., followed by a potluck at 2 p.m., a shuffleboard tournament at 3:30 p.m., and a pool tournament at 5 p.m.

Visit the Anchor Point VFW on Monday, July 3 for taco night from 5-7 p.m.

On Tuesday, July 4, join community members in Anchor Point’s annual Fourth of July parade and celebration. The parade will begin at noon at Greatland Church, located at 73358 School Street, and end at the VFW.

Parade lineup will begin at Chapman School at 11 a.m.

A potluck barbecue will be held at the VFW following the parade, from 1-4 p.m. Community members are invited to bring a dish to share and join in the festivities.

For more information or to join the parade, contact Heidi Adams at (907) 399-6025 or visit the VFW’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/vfwpost10221/.