On the Fourth of July, the population of Seward swells from around 2,500 to a reported 30,000. Main Street is completely blocked off to traffic and the streets fill with people. Most come to run in or watch the Mt. Marathon Race, while others come to enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and take part in the festivities. Due to the very crowded conditions of the Festival and Race Course area, the Seward Chamber of Commerce and the City of Seward ask that you do your pets a favor and leave them at home.
This will provide increased safety for runners and spectators and reduce problems with sanitation and clean-up.
Seward’s annual July 4th celebration features a packed holiday schedule of special events, presentations, contests, and community gatherings.
Kick off the Independence Day festivities with an exciting fireworks display on the waterfront at midnight (12:01 AM) on the 4th. Spend the daytime hours strolling historic downtown, where street vendors gather by the dozens to sell souvenirs, knick-knacks, noise makers and toys.
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For a short time Main Street is cleared as the parade makes its way through town. Almost every organization in town contributes a float, including Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Seward Fire Department, and the American Legion.
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The food on the Fourth is great too! Enjoy the traditional local favorites as well as the street vendors’ offerings. No matter what you crave, you can find everything from burritos and tacos to deep fried onions and traditional cotton candy.
Come to Seward for the Fourth and join the fun!