Mat-Su patriots will be out in force for the annual Independence Day parade in Wasilla on July 4. Typically, the all-day celebration draws thousands of residents to downtown Wasilla.

An announcement from the City of Wasilla notes that this year’s festivities will include live music, free food, games, a hotdog eating contest and much more.

The parade starts at 11 a.m. followed by the mayor’s picnic at Iditapark from 1-3 p.m., which will include free hotdogs, chips and drinks, as well as kids’ games and a live performance by the 11th Airborne Division Band.

From 3-9 p.m. there will be more live music, a beer garden, food trucks and vendors at the park. There are no fireworks this year.

This year’s parade route has been extended to a length of approximately 2.5 miles; therefore, we encourage groups who are walking to be well prepared. For parade tips, a printable map, and more information, click here.

For more information, visit or call (907) 357-9100.

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All-day Independence Day festivities set for July 4 in Wasilla

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.