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Thinking about the 4th
By Jose Garcia


November 09, 2009
Monday PM

Dear Editor,

When I sent an email letter to the Ketchikan City Mayor Williams III regarding my ideas about the July 4th celebration, his office referred me to the Chamber of Commerce, annotating that they are in charge of such celebration. I did, but their office is manned with an answering machine.

I was thinking of an angle considering Ketchikan as the Gateway City and since the July 4th celebration is during the summer cruise ship season, it is important for our residents see this day as a very memorable one, not only for our residents, but to visiting tourists as well. This idea was placed on hold as there was no response coming from the Mayor's Office todate.

My idea is to fuse the different cultures Ketchikan has, including Japanese, Chinese, Filipinos, Russians, and other ethnic cultural group during the parade. I suggest that the children's parade at 11:00 AM be deleted and instead, the actual parade will start at 1:00 PM with the new starting point at the A&P parking area. Also, I was seeking assistance from the now incumbent and elected Mayor to start creating a Drum and Bugle Corps among High School students, this will make the parade more exciting.

During the day, the entrance to the port section will be closed to traffic and instead, it will serve as a playground for kids to play in an ala McDonald safety playground, and different stand will be placed to offer barbeque with corn and pies and other snacks from entries of our local eateries. Tourists' buses that ply to different areas shall be parked at the Discovery Center and at the parking area of the Federal Building.

Different costumes, like the included photo, will welcome cruise ships docking during their call in the City of Ketchikan. The different cruise ships agents will give out trophies to be given out on a built stage along the wooden dock where judges will select the best parade participants.

At the outset, I just wish to know who is in charge of the July 4th festivities in order to submit a feasibility study in case the incumbent Mayor is interested in making the first of his elective post tenure to make Ketchikan a City the tourist can sure remember during their tour into Alaska.

Thank you.

Jose Garcia
Ketchikan, AK


Received November 08, 2009 - Published November 09, 2009


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