Live entertainment and outdoor activities planned for New Year’s Eve celebration in Anchorage

The fireworks will start at 8 p.m. on Friday. Participants watching from their cars can tune into a simulcast of the radio. (Downtown Anchorage Partnership)

Anchorage will ring in the New Year with fireworks and outdoor activities on Friday evening.

Mayor Dave Bronson will kick off the event at 7 p.m. at the EasyPark Chinook Lot on 3rd Avenue between C and E streets, the former location of the Anchorage Marketplace. Live performances by local band These Guys AK, Sankofa Dance Theatre, Underground Dance Company and the Alaskanettes fire baton twirlers will follow.

Other activities will include a beer garden, food trucks, photo booths and a toboggan run. The event is outdoors and masks are optional. The Anchorage Health Department will be distributing free in-home COVID-19 testing.

Live performances will include fire baton tricks by the Alaskanettes. (Downtown Anchorage Partnership)

“I am thrilled for the opportunity for our community to come together and connect outside in the great outdoors, and celebrate the end of 2021 and look forward with hope to 2022,” said Amanda Moser, executive director of Anchorage Downtown. Partnership.

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Last year, the partnership invited attendees to park in downtown parking lots and listen to live music on the radio during the fireworks.

“This year, we will continue to have that drive-in component, as we recognize that everyone has a different level of comfort and consideration during these times, as well as bringing the event back in-person,” Moser said. “It’s the best of both worlds for people who want to come downtown but want to stay a bit away from the crowds, they can enjoy the event from their vehicle.”

Miss America Emma Broyles will also be available for photos and a meet and greet. Brandon Raile is the Marketing Director of the Anchorage Downtown Partnership.

“I’m super excited – I think like everyone else in Alaska – that we have Miss America coming from Alaska,” Raile said. “I can’t wait to take my daughter to meet her.”

The fireworks will begin at 8 p.m. For those watching from their cars, the radio simulcast will be available on 106.1.

“This is the biggest fireworks display Anchorage will see all year, and we’re pretty proud of it,” Raile said.

For $5, attendees can park at the JCPenney Garage from 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to 11 p.m. on New Year’s Day.

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