Fourth of July celebration marked with plenty of fun, friendly competition


Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

From left: Ryder Ritchie, Dane and Isaac Richard ride an ATV bedecked with the American flag during the Fourth of July parade through downtown.

The Fourth of July celebration literally heated up over the four days of festivities as the Tongass Toughman Triathlon kicked things off with a cold, gray and rainy swim on July 1 and the street dance closed it out on July 4 when the temperature topped out at 72 degrees.

From endurance contests and games of skill to a dog show and fireworks and everything in between, the various events packed the streets of downtown with locals, visiting family and friends and tourists.

Despite concerns over this year's events due to the financial difficulties of the chamber of commerce, which organizes th...

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