Celebrating Fourth of July in Kenai
It is no secret that summer in the city of Kenai is nothing short of fantastic. Averaging 250 hours of sun in July, Kenai is the best place to celebrate Independence Day with the Kenai Fourth of July Parade and Festivities.
The annual 4th of July Parade and Festival begins at 11 a.m. on Trading Bay Road, though if you are a parade participant be sure to hit the line up around 8 a.m. (Interested in being a part of this year’s parade? Sign up at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce website, or register the morning of prior to 10 a.m. and make your parade dreams a reality.)
With roughly 80-100 participants annually, this parade ensures that all who wish to be a part of the festivities can represent their pride in America and celebration of American independence. Past participants included the City of Kenai Fire Department, veterans, and students from local schools.
If you’re feeling more like observing over participating – fear not! Bring your buckets and your kids to collect candy as the parade participants toss sweet treats curbside while the floats pass by. Local businesses and organizations contribute to the festivities with donations and floats to represent their involvement in the Kenai community.
As the parade works its way through the route, parade goers can visit the Kenai Park Strip for festivities. Fun games and activities are held at the Main Street Park including the Kenai Kids Carnival with a Petting Zoo, Vendor Booths, live music and a beer garden! The Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center also hosts an annual “Honoring Our Hometown Heroes” display to honor those who have served our great country. From the tiniest tots to pure adult fun, there is something for everyone in attendance.
While the Fourth is a day of family fun (and food) be sure to leave room and come to the parade hungry! There is a variety of food trucks, fair food, and snacks to keep you satisfied.
Have a service member in the family, or want to page homage to our Nation’s Bravest? Don’t forget to check out the Hometown Heroes Display. Members of the military from around the Kenai Peninsula are honored with signs and photos along with their name, rank, and branch. Be sure to take a moment to appreciate those who continually fight for our freedom as you enter the park strip.
So bring your friends, family, and children down for the day and join us as we ring in another year of being the Land of the Free, and the Home of the Brave.
Want to get more involved?
Check out the Kenai Chamber Website by clicking here for the most up to date information, as well as how to be a Sponsor, Participant, or a Vendor at this year’s parade!