Happy Fourth of July!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 19:00

Today at 2 p.m., one of our area’s favorite and longest-running traditions will continue with the annual Chugiak Fourth of July Parade, which begins at Latimer Hall on the Old Glenn Highway and concludes at Chugiak Elementary.

This year marks the 43rd running of the parade, which has always run through “downtown” Chugiak.

The Chugiak Area Business Association, the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department and the Chugiak Lions Club sponsor the event, which also includes booths and games at the end of the route.

One of the unique aspects of Chugiak’s parade is the fact it’s free to participate in and open to anyone who shows up by 1 p.m. at the parade start. Just show up and you’re in. This year’s Grand Marshall is a well-known local educator and patriot, Msg. (Ret.) William “Top” Dill, the longtime NJROTC instructor at Chugiak High. We applaud parade organizers for their choice of Dill, a man who has given much of his life to educating the youth of our community.

There’s nothing like a parade to bring a community together, and we’ve got one of the best “small-town” parades going.

We want to wish everyone in Chugiak-Eagle River a happy Fourth of July holiday. Independence Day has special meaning here, where we like to think of ourselves as one of the most independent and patriotic communities in the nation. We hope everyone is able to enjoy a long, fun-filled weekend in celebration of the freedoms we hold so dear.

And we’ll see you at the parade!


Drinking, driving are no fun

There was some sad news out of Anchorage last week, when a 20-year-old woman became the first person killed in a drunk driving accident in the municipality in 14 months.

Although summertime is when we Alaskans spend more than our share of time having fun, this grim incident serves as a reminder that bad things can and do happen as a result of too much fun under the midnight sun.

With a long weekend upon us, please remember to enjoy your Fourth of July barbecues and parties responsibly. If you don’t, the consequences can be astronomically high. And even if you don’t kill or injure someone, there’s also a good chance you could end up in jail. Anchorage Police and Alaska State Troopers will be working overtime over the holiday weekend, looking specifically for drivers who seem impaired.

If you decide to drink alcohol this weekend, please plan ahead. Take a cab, grab a shuttle, rent a hotel room or sleep on a couch. There’s just no reason to ruin someone’s life — and your own — because of one mistake.

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