We were privileged to celebrate the Birthday of the Greatest Nation on Earth in truly American style with a 4th of July parade, baseball game and fireworks.
The parade was a much bigger success than our first Alaskan parade. Clad in American colors, and armed with US flags, we joined the proud Americans lining the streets of downtown Anchorage to cheer on the parade as it marched by.
There was a huge military presence, and we were all liberally asking God to 'bless our troops', thanking them for fighting for and maintaining freedom. It got a bit gushy, but it was quite amazing to witness such unabashed national pride.
In the evening we attended our first baseball game, the Glacier Pilots vs. the Bucs. We weren't too sure of the rules, but after watching several innings ending with no runs on the board, we've decided that no-one can call cricket boring! The Glacier Pilots swapped their regular blue shirts for military replicas, but it still wasn't enough to win. After ten innings, the score was 6-2 to the Bucs.
The match ended with a fireworks extravaganza, which kicked off with a 21-gun salute in honor of the brave men and women who risk their lives for the land of the free and the home of the brave. God Bless America!