Commentary: 4th of July celebrations get a fresh look

Front, from left, Evan Standifer and Nathan Wesley participate in square dancing on July 4, 2019. (July 4, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

The Cordova Chamber of Commerce with the help of local businesses and volunteers is pleased to announce that the annual Cordova Old Time Downtown 4th of July celebration will be held Sunday, July 4 starting at 12:30 p.m. at Hollis Henrichs Park. While many of the event’s most valued traditions will return, like the singing of the national anthem and free kids’ games, this year’s event will provide new options that, instead of requiring thousands of dollars in donations from struggling businesses, will offer Cordovans an opportunity to support local businesses and organizations at a critical time.

In lieu of the traditional community BBQ, this year’s event will feature a “food fair” of local mobile dining options starting at 12:30 p.m. Supporting these local pop-up vendors is an opportunity to give back to our businesses and organizations that struggled through 2020 and we look forward to some delicious options.

The Independence Day fun will also include activities and vendors spread out on the grassy field with the US. Forest Service’s Cross-Cut Competition and featured chainsaw artist Tom Robertson of Alaska Chainsaw Carvings. Tom will be bringing along his incredible carved creations in addition to his trusty chainsaw to create custom pieces for Cordovans live on-site. Vice Mayor Cathy Sherman will extend a community welcome, followed by colors presented by crew from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Fir at approximately 1 p.m. At this time, we will also welcome to the stage Madelyn Roemhildt, the first ever Cordova musician to win a state command performance for voice, to sing the national anthem.

Then join us around 1:15 p.m. for live music led by Belle Mickelson. Free kids’ games will begin around 1:15 p.m. All children aged 2 and up are invited to come participate with a parent or caregiver.

This event could not be possible without community support. The Cordova Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers and additional food and activity vendors. There is no vendor fee to participate, but amenities provided for vendors are limited. To volunteer or sign up to be a vendor, contact Christi Banks at the Chamber at 424-7260 or email info@cordovachamber.com.

As always, this event is supported by local businesses and volunteers, and is brought to you by Cordova Chamber of Commerce. View the latest details for the event and see the growing list of supporters and partner organizations by visiting www.cordovachamber.com/2021-4thofjuly.