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Celebrate Independence Day at the Independence Mine


(Palmer, AK) – Alaska State Parks, in conjunction with the Alaska Miners Association and the Friends of State Parks Mat-Su, will host an Independence Day celebration on July 4 at the Independence Mine State Historical Park. 

The Independence Mine State Historical Park is located in Hatcher Pass, 18 miles from either Palmer or Wasilla.

On this date, the park will not charge a parking fee between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. The park’s visitor center will open at 11 a.m. 

Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how to pan for gold at various stations around the old mining camp.  Alaska State Park staff and volunteers will lead tours ($6 for adults/teenagers; $3 for ages 6-12) through some of the restored historic buildings. The tours will begin at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. 

“This will be a great family event, and a wonderful opportunity to share one of the most beautiful spots in Alaska on a special day with special guests and special activities,” said Park Superintendent Wayne Biessel.

Hatcher Pass is accessed by either the Glenn Highway through Palmer or the Parks Highway through Wasilla.  The Hatcher Pass road to the Independence Mine follows the scenic canyon of the Little Susitna River. 

For more information, contact State Park Specialist Matt Weaver at 907-745-2827.

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