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Fourth of July
By Tom LeCompte


May 21, 2009
Thursday PM

My letter may be moot as Independence Day is on a weekend this year, but I've always advocated having Fourth of July Fireworks at Midnight between the third and fourth.

I'd hate to say I agree with anything they do in Juneau, but this is one application I can't argue with.

I love the Fourth of July in Ketchikan. I've always told our tourist guests it's the best of small town America. The Parade, the food booths, the Logger Competition, (when we still had some - and thanks Rob Sheer and Lumberjacks for at least trying to keep the spirit of the competition going.)

So you do all that stuff, and then if it isn't raining/rained out, you stay up late to see the fireworks, only (in most years,) to have to get up and go to work on the fifth.

I say start with the fireworks as a community, have the great all day celebration, then do family fireworks or hit the recliner at home before going to work the next morning.

Just an idea, Any constructive feedback is of course appreciated.

Tom LeCompte
Ketchikan, AK


Received May 20, 2008 - Published May 21, 2009


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