Let’s celebrate the 4th of July

by Greg Lincoln

Folks, it’s time to celebrate our nation’s holiday with festivities, food, and fun in Bethel.

The annual 4th of July Celebration is kicked off with the annual parade through town followed by games, entertainment and food. The main location of the festivities will be at the annual venue, Pinky’s Park, off of Akiachak Drive.

Event Entertainment Information

11am to 5pm: Vendor Booths Open

12pm: Welcome at Pinky’s Park on the Stage by ONC

12:00pm – 4:30pm General Entertainment

1:30pm Community One Pitch Adult Softball Tournament

5:00pm VFW Raffle ticket winners announced

Youth Games and Family Activities will be held throughout the day

Get your Booth Rentals ready!

Bethel Parks & Recreation will be accepting booth rental applications for the 4th of July at the Public Works, 1155 Ridgecrest Dr., Monday through Friday. They are asking folks to stop by or call 543-3110. Booth spaces are 15’ x 15’.

Sale or distribution of paraphernalia associated with smoking or illegal drugs is prohibited. There shall be no sale of knives, and smoking paraphernalia to minors. Sale of fart spray, fart bags, silly string spray, spray paint and laser pointers are prohibited.

Road Closure, Parking and Taxi Pick Up Locations

Road closures during the celebration will include all roads entering Pinky’s Park. The parking on the 4th will be limited in City Subdivision. The street will be blocked off on Mission Road at the Youth Center and at the intersection of Akiak and Napakiak.

A taxi lane will be provided across the street from the Bethel 4-H Youth Center. There will only be one way traffic from Osage to the Youth Center all day. There will be no traffic from Osage to the Youth Center all day and no traffic on Akiachak or Akiak up to 243 all day.

If you are an entertainer, the event organizers are still looking for volunteers for the Entertainment.