Hope everyone had a great Independence Day! We usually go to the 4th of July parade in Anchorage. It is a small-town kind of parade, heavy on patriotic displays, representatives from the veterans, police, fire department, as well as lots of kids’ groups waving flags. It warms my heart to see it with my family every year. Alaskans also celebrate with other events including pancake feeds, reading of the Declaration of Independence, and a doubleheader baseball game followed by fireworks at midnight. You can’t see the fireworks well since sunset happens around 11:30, but that’s okay. It’s the spirit of the thing. But the important part is celebrating this great country we live in. I am so grateful for our rights, especially our ability to express ourselves freely.
The other big event for me this time of year is the Alaska 49er’s Shootout Under the Midnight Sun, SUMS for short. It’s our annnual Territorial Championship, three days of dressing up like cowboys and cowgirls, shooting at targets with old-style guns, and hanging out with our shooting friends. I always attend with my dad, so it’s also a family tradition for us. This year’s SUMS is July 6-8 and the theme is “When Westerns Were King,” so I expect to see familiar good guys and bad guys in the scenarios. If this sounds like fun, you can see more at our club website at http://www.alaska49ers.pistolshooting.com/index.html.