Christine Robbins is president of the local nonprofit, Spirit of ’76, which relaunched the Fairbanks Independence Day Parade last year for the first time in more than 50 years.

This event is back for 2022 in what organizers hope will become an increasingly popular annual celebration.

The parade is set to take place on Monday, July 4, in downtown Fairbanks. It will begin at 10 a.m. from the Carlson Center and end at Barnette Street along the river around noon.

Last year’s event attracted a crowd of more than 1,500 onlookers with about 150 people participating in the parade. This year is set to be even larger.

A notice about the event welcomes everyone in the community to celebrate America and to “remember to bring your red, white, and blue!”

According to Robbins’ research, Independence Day parades in the Golden Heart City ended in the 1960s due to Vietnam War protests.

After living in Fairbanks for more than 30 years, Robbins thought it was time to relaunch a robust celebration of the nation’s independence.

For questions or comments about how to participate, call Robbins at (907) 378-8369. For additional information, click here.

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Grassroots Fairbanks Independence Day Parade is back

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.

1 Comment

  • Meister says:

    HOORAY for Fairbanks! Our family moved to Fairbanks in July of 1959, and we stayed at the Woodward until finding a home. I was only 6, but I remember watching a parade from our hotel, and there was an Uncle Sam on stilts that was nearly level to our window. Great memory, and glad the Fairbanks community is making more memories for their children. God bless Fairbanks, and God bless America!