By Randi Somers
Don your best red, white and blue duds and head down to Homer today as events kick off for this year’s Independence Day. If some downhome, small-town fun is what you’re looking for, Homer’s events should be right up your alley.
Events get underway today, where celebrants can visit the Homer Farmers Market from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for music, food, kids activities and fun for all.
Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center presents a viewing of “Volcanoes; Life on Fire.” The show runs through July 5.
Stillpoint Lodge offers a painting workshop by Ken Elliott today, as well. It runs through July 6.
Nomar starts its annual sidewalk sale on Friday, and host a bike-decorating party for the parade from 2-5 p.m.
The American Legion Auxiliary will hold its July 4th carnival from noon to 3 p.m. at mile 2.5 East End Road. Food will include hot dogs and hamburgers cooked on the outdoor grill, and plenty of homemade pies. A variety of games, including a baseball throw, duck shoot and face painting for 50 cents and $1. Kids can also compete in a pie-eating contest, as well as many more activities to keep them entertained and having fun.
Northwind Home Collection holds its sidewalk sale pn Friday, and Pier One Theatre features the “Odd Couple.” The familiar comedy starts at 7:30 p.m., and runs for three nights, through July 6.
The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center will stage the parade at the high school at 6 p.m. The parade travels down Pioneer Avenue, with the judges doing their thing from the stand on the upstairs deck of Bay Realty.
The Antiques on Wheels show will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Spenard Builders Supply parking lot. Antique buggies, wagons, bikes, cars and tractors will be on display.
The Homer Elks Lodge will hold a barbecue meal, scholarship raffle and games. Things kick off at noon and live music will start at 5:30 p.m.
And it’s not over on Friday! Saturday brings a Farmers’ Market that’s open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and offers food, music, kids activities and fun for all.
Scottish Highland Games start at 10 a.m. at Karen Hornaday Park, and the Art Shop Gallery will hold a jewelry show (featuring Wasilla jewelry maker Dawn Horner) and reception from 1-6 p.m.
Across Kachemak Bay in Seldovia, the action starts at 7 a.m. with registration for the Salmon Shuffle in front of the Harbormaster’s office. That is followed by a pancake breakfast from 8-10:30 a.m. in the fire hall.
The 5K Salmon Shuffle begins at the harbor at 9 a.m., as does the library book sale.
At 10 a.m., food booths open across from the visitor center, and the arts and crafts fair opens between the harbormaster’s office and Lollipop Park.
Parade participants line up at the gas station and 10 a.m., and make their way down Main Street at 10:30 a.m. This year’s theme is “Gifts of the Sea.”
Parade prizes and the “Old Crab” award will be presented at the grandstand, after the 11 a.m. flag-raising.
Kids games and a sawdust pile start at 12:30 p.m. on the lawn next to the Linwood Bar and Grill, across from the post office.
Sourdough games for big kids and adults will be held on Main Street, starting at 1:30 p.m. Water sports start at the boat launch ramp at 2:30 p.m., and a rubber duck race kicks off at 3:30 p.m. The race can be viewed from the launch ramp.
Seldovia’s celebration concludes with music by Steelhead at the Linwood starting at 9 p.m. It ends at midnight.
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