Anne Linkenhall, park ranger at the Sitka National Historical Park, describes all the activities planned for the Fourth of July. From 10:30 to noon at the Russian Bishop’s House , rangers dressed in period costumes will host historic and traditional games for children of all ages. Concurrently, park staff are offering a Russian Tea Service, with traditional samovars brewing black and citrus tea to go along with tea cakes. Linkenhall also explains how one of the nation’s first Fourth of July parades happened right here in Sitka in 1868.
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NPS’s Historic Fourth
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