Monday, July 07, 2008

Juneau 4th

In Milwaukee, we have fireworks and hamburgers and sparklers for the 4th of July. Parks are decked out with flags and there are kiddie races and most neighborhoods have little parades. But we don't have a soap box derby. I never really thought about it before, but it's a big part of the Juneau celebration. And this being my first 4th of July in Juneau, I wanted to watch.
The races take place in Douglas, just across the channel from downtown Juneau. They block off a street and line it with tires. It seemed like half of Juneau turned out to watch.

It was awesome. Kids were crashing into the tires right and left. The reason there isn't a derby in Milwaukee is because I am sure the city is terrified of getting sued. But Alaskan kids are tough. They jump up and shake it off when they crash.


J Morgetron said...

Where did they get ALL THOSE TIRES?

Anonymous said...

looks lame. Set the cars on fire, and that would make it a bit more exciting. THEN those kids would be tough.

minijonb said...

the things people do at parades.

5 of 9er said...

Jealous! I've never been part of a soap box derby. Must put this on the list of things to do.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

Did you mention illegal fireworks?

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