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Stars, Stripes, and Fun Delights

For over 115 years, Nome has proudly marked their annual Fourth of July parade. Legend has it that even soldiers stationed at Fort Davis once joined the festivities, marching down Front Street. The event features an array of street games catering to both kids and adults, including the High Kick and other indigenous Alaskan games. Attendees eagerly participate in various races, from bike to gunny sack, wheelbarrow, and the classic 3-legged race. Following the spirited competitions, there’s a chance to indulge in a pie eating contest. The games continue with the iconic “East Enders vs West Enders” tug-of-war, where each side competes to claim victory by pulling the other across Steadman Street. Anvil City Square hosts the traditional blanket toss, a spectacle that captivates onlookers. And for a sweet conclusion to the festivities, Fire Hall offers up free ice cream to all who partake.

Image at the top: Spectators watch parade floats on Front Street on the Fourth of July. Photo from KNOM archives.

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