KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce has announced that the 4th of July celebration this year will feature parades and traditional associated activities with no COVID-19 related restrictions, with the motto “The Spirit of Resilience — Presented by Royal Caribbean.”
The Royal Caribbean International cruise line (company) donated $2,500 to support the event, Chamber of Commerce Director Michelle O’Brien said in a phone call Thursday. The company in 2020 also donated money to support local Christmas events.
The 2021 4th of July parade will feature for the first time, the chamber's annual community award winners, as well as the grand marshal.
The 2021 grand marshal chosen by the chamber's board of directors is Jan Ross.
According to chamber information, “at 91 years young, Mrs. Ross served many active roles in Ketchikan over the years to include being named Mrs. Alaska, being an Alaska lecturer aboard early cruise ships to the community, and many other roles. She truly represents the Spirit of Resilience over her many years in Ketchikan.”
The community award winners are as follows:
● The Optimum Health and Wellness Citizen of the Year: Ketchikan Fire Department Chief Abner Hoage.
● The Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce and Alaska Small Business Development Center Business of the Year: Cape Fox Corporation.
● The Ward Cove Group Entrepreneur of the Year: Lindsey Johnson of Ketchikan Dry Goods.
● The Ketchikan Public Utilities Telecommunications Division Emerging Leader Award: The Ketchikan High School boys basketball team.
● The Alaska Airlines Community Service Award: Kayhi Rotary Interact Club.
O’Brien said that the grand marshal will travel the parade route in a car, per tradition. Each award winner is planned to have a banner displayed in the parade as they traverse the route.
Several traditional activities will be available for community members to enjoy, O’Brien said, but some with changes. The annual St. John’s Episcopal Church pie sale, for instance, will be held as a pre-order-only event.
St. John’s committee member Jo MacMillan said in a phone call Thursday that people can find contact information for ordering pies in upcoming Ketchikan Daily News advertisements. Orders will be taken from June 26 to July 2, and pies will be available for pickup between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, July 3.
Game and food booths also will be up at The Plaza mall again this year, O’Brien said. The Rotary Club Duck Race also will be held.
The usual community Lumberjack Show, however, will not be held this year, she added.
Also to be held is the kiddie parade, organized this year by the Ketchikan Fire Department. Participants will be asked to line up at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 4 at the main fire station downtown.
The main parade will start at noon this year, starting at Madison Lumber and Hardware, located at 2557 Tongass Ave., and will travel south to end at the junction of Stedman and Deermount streets.
According to chamber information, the deadline for entering floats and groups into the main parade is June 21. Application forms can be found online at ketchikanchamber.com/events.
O’Brien said that there are three categories participants can compete to win: “Best theme interpretation,” “Most representative of Ketchikan” and “Most patriotic.”