The Petersburg Chamber of Commerce will kick off the 2013 Fourth of July events from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday with a retirement party for Judy Forgey, who is also this year’s parade Grand Marshal. There will be open swim ages and a pie eating contest for all ages. In the Community Gym there will be games and ice cream sundaes for grades 1-8.
Events scheduled for Wednesday begin at 10 a.m. with a free scrap fish derby in the North Harbor from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Anyone participating must bring their own bucket and personal flotation device. Bait and hand lines will be given out to the first 30 kids. No rods will be allowed, only hand lines. Registration for children seven and under will take place at 9:30 a.m. and fishing will begin at 10 a.m. Registration for children ages 8 to 12 will take place at 10:45 a.m. and fishing will begin at 11:15 a.m.
The classic boat races will begin at 12:30 p.m. Faerings, canoes and kayaks will race from the North Harbor to the green buoy and back.
The blindfold rowboat races will start at 2 p.m. in the Middle Harbor.
The tote races will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Middle Harbor. Participants must be 16 years or older.
Also in the Middle Harbor will be the herring toss at 3 p.m. open to all ages.
A new event, the 5 alarm go-kart race, will take place downtown starting at 4 p.m. The go-karts will be powered by fire hoses and the race is for ages 8 and up.
The Ragnarok Rollers will host a BBQ fundraiser from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Kito's Kave parking lot with music, a beer garden, car bash and rib cook-off.
At 5 p.m. the Ragnorok Rollers will host a car bash in the Middle Harbor parking lot.
The Mattingly Electric Rib Cook-off will take place in the Kito's Kave parking lot from 5 to 6 p.m. There is a fee to enter and the blue ribbon ribs, best in show, will take home $100 and a trophy and the Tender Rack and the Most Unique ribs will win $50 and a trophy.
The main events for Thursday, July 4 will begin at 8 a.m. with The Freedom Run - a run/walk Color Splash and the Victor Guthrie Sr. Memorial Run. There is a fee for this event. Pre-registration closes at 3 p.m. Monday, July 2 and day of the race registration begins at 7 a.m. The run/walk will begin at 8 a.m. and all participants will be given white sunglasses and a white shirt in order to get colored along the way to show patriotic spirit.
Children’s bike decorating will start at 9:30 a.m. in front of Trading Union.
Parade registration and lineup will start at 10:30 a.m. in front of Trading Union with the parade to start at 11 a.m. The parade theme is:
After the parade, the Humane Association will sponsor a ‘Strut Your Mutt’ on Nordic Drive with dogs in costume. Owners are asked to keep their pets on a leash.
The KFSK Kid's Karnival will take place in the First Bank parking lot beginning at about 11:30 a.m. and the street games will start at 1 p.m. on Nordic Drive. There will be a fee for some of the events.
Also at 2 p.m. will be the Money Pile for ages 2-7 at a location to be determined.
The Rotary Rubber Duck Race will begin at 3 p.m. at the corner of Excel and Nordic Drive.
The 2x6 stomp starts at 3 p.m. for ages 14. The giant trike race follows and is open to those able to reach the pedals.
The bed race, right after the trike race is open to those 14 years and older in teams of five. Participants will don their pajamas for a run down the street pushing their sleeping beauty in the bed. The team will then get out, drink a glass of water, change clothes with someone else and run back to the start to shave a balloon full of shaving cream.
The 1899 Tug Katahdin will host an open house from 1 to 6 p.m. in the South Boat Harbor. The 6R13 Washington is a 14 ton, slow turning, direct reverse engine and there are only six running engines in existence. This is perhaps the oldest working boat on the Pacific Coast.
Don’t miss the ever popular log rolling contest in the Middle Harbor starting at 5 p.m. for men and women 18 and older.
Fireworks will begin at 11 p.m. at the Mort Fryer Memorial Ball Park.
The festivities continue on Fri., July 5 with a performance and Centennial celebration at 7 p.m. at the Petersburg Lutheran Church.