Mia Halloway, 6, grabs a cotton candy with her dad in Savikko Park. A long string of kids stood in line to grab a cotton candy from the Twhrly Whrliy Cotton Candy stand on a bright and sunny Fourth of July afternoon. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Mia Halloway, 6, grabs a cotton candy with her dad in Savikko Park. A long string of kids stood in line to grab a cotton candy from the Twhrly Whrliy Cotton Candy stand on a bright and sunny Fourth of July afternoon. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Fun and sun mark holiday in Douglas

Hot dogs and panting pups present for festivities.

Hot dogs and dogs trying to stay cool mingled on the streets of downtown Douglas as community members joined together to celebrate this year’s Fourth of July. Hundreds of people lined the main street leaning over the lines to catch an early glimpse of the floats as the parade made its way down the street.

This year marks another Fourth of July that downtown Douglas was filled to the brim with community members who gathered to partake in the variety of activities put on to celebrate America’s Independence Day. Events like a sandcastle-building competition, barbecue and hot dog fundraisers and, of course, the Douglas Parade were brought together with the help of the Douglas 4th of July committee.

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Sandcastle competition

Emerging from the sand, the outline of a humpback whale was in the making courtesy to the Walden family who participated in this year’s annual Sandcastle Challenge put on by the Southeast Alaska Section of the American Institute of Architects on Sandy Beach. The event coordinator and MRV architect Zane Jones said he loves to see what each team brings to the competition each year.

Lucy, 6, and her brother Luca, 8, put their architectural skills to the test at the annual Sandcastle Challenge put on by the Southeast Alaska Section of the American Institute of Architects on Sandy Beach. The event coordinator and MRV architect Zane Jones said he’s excited to see what each team brings to the competition.”It’s always really fun, and build some future architects,” Jones said. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Lucy, 6, and her brother Luca, 8, put their architectural skills to the test at the annual Sandcastle Challenge put on by the Southeast Alaska Section of the American Institute of Architects on Sandy Beach. The event coordinator and MRV architect Zane Jones said he’s excited to see what each team brings to the competition.”It’s always really fun, and build some future architects,” Jones said. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

”It’s always really fun, and builds some future architects,” Jones said. The completion has taken place on Sandy Beach for around 10 years, Jones said, and according to the Waldens, this is their family’s fifth year competing. The Waldens have a track record of taking home the winning prize, though they insist they do they challenge more for the fun than anything else.

Barbecue

The Douglas Community United Methodist Church’s annual fundraiser barbecue had tables full of community members who spent their afternoon enjoying the meals. Ashley and Larry Johnston brought their 1-year-old daughter Jocelyn to spend the day downtown and watch the parade.

Jocelyn Johnston, 1, munches on some chips at the Douglas Community United Methodist Church’s annual fundraiser barbecue. Her parents, Ashley and Larry, said they’re happy to be out and about celebrating the holiday on such a nice day. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Jocelyn Johnston, 1, munches on some chips at the Douglas Community United Methodist Church’s annual fundraiser barbecue. Her parents, Ashley and Larry, said they’re happy to be out and about celebrating the holiday on such a nice day. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Hot dog fundraiser

The smell of dozens of hot dogs and burgers filled the air near the Douglas Fire Hall as part of a fundraising event for the Douglas Volunteer Fire District to send crew members to conferences and training along with other events.

Finn the dog patiently waits in the burger and hotdog line at the Douglas Fire Hall with his ownersDenny and Linda Wahto. The event raises funds to help the Douglas Volunteer Fire District send crew members to conferences and training along with other events, said Meg Thordarson, a volunteer firefighter and EMT who is in charge of the event. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Finn the dog patiently waits in the burger and hotdog line at the Douglas Fire Hall with his ownersDenny and Linda Wahto. The event raises funds to help the Douglas Volunteer Fire District send crew members to conferences and training along with other events, said Meg Thordarson, a volunteer firefighter and EMT who is in charge of the event. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Denny and Linda Wahto brought their dog, Finn, with them all the way from the Mendenhall Valley to visit the Douglas Fire Hall ads Denny volunteered there for more than 20 years. Meg Thordarson, a volunteer firefighter and EMT who is in charge of the event said when the event first started years ago, it was only hot dogs, but she said the event has “graduated to also serving hamburgers.”

Parade

Ellie See, 6-months-old, couldn’t help but smile as the parade passed by her and her family members April and Angelo. The family drove down from Lemon Creek to enjoy the parade, a tradition they do every year.

Other parade-goers Cindy Walsh, Beth Mckibben and her dog Shelby lined up early to catch a good view of the floats as they passed by.

“It’s so great, I love the Douglas parade — it’s a real Fourth of July parade,” Walsh said.

• Contact reporter Clarise Larson at clarise.larson@juneauempire.com or (651)-528-1807. Follow her on Twitter at @clariselarson.

Volunteers at the Douglas Fire Hall make some quick repairs to the fire engine ahead of the Douglas Parade. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Volunteers at the Douglas Fire Hall make some quick repairs to the fire engine ahead of the Douglas Parade. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Jessie Skrzyhski (95) holds her screaming/barking dog, Charlie, while enjoying the parade. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Jessie Skrzyhski (95) holds her screaming/barking dog, Charlie, while enjoying the parade. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Award-winning USA Paralympic Skier Joe Tompkins leads the start of the parade as the 2022 Grand Marshal. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Award-winning USA Paralympic Skier Joe Tompkins leads the start of the parade as the 2022 Grand Marshal. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

A parade participant holds a patriotic flag as she makes her way down the street. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

A parade participant holds a patriotic flag as she makes her way down the street. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

The Juneau Douglas Ice Associations’ Zamboni dumps candy onto the street and ensues a swarm of kids — and adults — who quickly run to grab a handful or two. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

The Juneau Douglas Ice Associations’ Zamboni dumps candy onto the street and ensues a swarm of kids — and adults — who quickly run to grab a handful or two. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

A Juneau-Douglas Shrine Club member rides in a serpentine pattern as kids chase him for candy. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

A Juneau-Douglas Shrine Club member rides in a serpentine pattern as kids chase him for candy. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Children wait eagerly for the next chance to catch a handful of candy as the parade makes its way downtown. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Children wait eagerly for the next chance to catch a handful of candy as the parade makes its way downtown. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

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