Fourth of July: Races, games, BBQ highlight festivities

Linden O’Toole entertained Cordova kids during the Chamber of Commerce’s Fourth of July festivities, Monday, by using two fishing rods, twine and wind currents to blow gigantic bubbles. The children were fascinated watching the bubbles get larger, then floating away in the cool breeze.

Volunteers and donations for the Old Time Downtown Fourth of July are still welcome as organizers from the Cordova Chamber of Commerce put the final touches on the annual free community event.

Festivities begin on Main Street at 10 a.m. with the Kelp Box Derby, featuring community-built downhill racers. Check in at 9:30 a.m. at the top of First Street.

Next up, at 11 a.m. will be the crosscut competition, with two-person teams working together to saw rounds from a log. The chamber partners with the Cordova Ranger District of Chugach National Forest for this contest.

Volunteers led by Girl Scout Troop 825 will coordinate children’s games starting at 11 a.m. for youngsters age 2 and older accompanied by a parent or caregiver. There will also be a dunk tank, with dunking donations going to support the troop.

Musician Annie Carlson will perform the national anthem at about 11:45 a.m., with colors presented by the color guard from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore.

A community barbecue at noon will feature Prince William Sound salmon, plus hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixings. Local processors are donating the salmon. Join in a community square dance led by the Rev. Belle Mickelson, with a dessert social provided by local churches and community organizations. Everyone is welcome afterwards to help pick up chairs and tables from this event.


The Cordova Disc Golf Course inaugural tournament, which will be a Pro-Am doubles competition, starts at 4 p.m. up at Meals Reservoir. There is an online registration form via the Facebook group Cordovans for Disc Golf.

Volunteers are needed to help set up the big tent at 5 p.m. on July 3, set up tables and chairs at 9 a.m. on July 4, and also to take down the tent after festivities. Contact Bryan Mills at the chamber at 424-7260 or email [email protected] to volunteer.  Those willing to help serve food or make a side dish or salad should contact Barb Jewell at 429-3925. To contribute a dessert, contact Diane Cobb at 424-7290.

For updated event details and to see a list of supporters and partner organization go online to

2 ways to get discounted admission to Salmon Jam:

  1. Buy tickets online: Beat the lines and get your tickets online at by July 12 and get a 10 percent discount.
  2. Volunteer: Sign up to volunteer for anything from ticket sales to kids activities to tent set up, and get discounted or free admission. Learn more at at