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Legion’s cookout canceled, several parades and picnics planned for 4th
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Treyten Butler, left,  and Matson Portwood get ready for the Chiniak Independence Day parade last year.
Treyten Butler, left, and Matson Portwood get ready for the Chiniak Independence Day parade last year.
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The American Legion hosts the 4th of July parade once again this year, but patriots hankering for a cheeseburger and a coke afterwards need to go elsewhere.

The Legion parade begins at 11 a.m. downtown. Parade staging begins at Oscar's Dock at 10:15 a.m.

The American Legion canceled its cookout – a Kodiak tradition -- due to “economic reasons,” Jared Decker, second vice commander of the Legion, told the Mirror.

“I think it’s just a reflection the economic times we’re in, but everything is down this year,” Decker said.

“It’s kind of tough to do because we’ve been doing it for an awful long time,” Decker added.

The Legion has spent thousands on its post-parade cookout before.

“The American legion was funding the whole thing themselves. There was no other agency or organization involved. So it just became too much of an expense,” Decker said.

The American Legion will host its own cookout for American Legion families, Decker added.

Other events include Chiniak, Port Lions and the Seniors Center.

Because there is no scheduled fireworks show again this year, the organizers behind the Chiniak events scheduled it a day later — July 4 — as well.

“Since the city has not been doing the midnight on July 3 fireworks any longer we switched the parade to the day of the 4th to make it more convenient for people,” said Moe Butler, a Chiniak parade planner.

“We had it on July 3 because the City of Kodiak let off fireworks on July 3 and we would have the parade that evening on July and watch the display from across the bay,” she added. “We’d have a big bonfire and watch the fireworks.”

The Chiniak potluck begins at noon at Road’s End, with the parade starting at 2 p.m. The parade route is Road’s End to Silver Beach. Potluck participants need to bring a dish.

This “small country parade” usually has more participants than spectators, and this is the 16th annual Chiniak parade.

The American Legion parade has been going on for decades.

“Some people said we’ve been doing for 30 years and some people say it’s been longer than that,” Decker said.

Also, Senior Citizens of Kodiak host the annual Stan and Nita Nelson BBQ, right after the American Legion parade at the Seniors Center. It is open only to senior citizens.

For those who desire a more seaborne Independence Day, don’t miss Port Lions 50th anniversary on July 4.

It too features a parade, but also a buoy race, egg toss and a wheelbarrow race followed by a community picnic.

Getting there will be half the fun.

The Tustumena ferry will be leaving Kodiak at 9:30 a.m. and arriving at Port Lions at noon. It will return after the celebration at 8 p.m.

Contact Peter J. Mladineo at editor@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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