The 4th of July in Sitka brings this small town alive with activities. Each year the locals get the opportunity to watch the Coast Guard do a rescue demonstration. This is important to the locals that relies heavy on fishing fleet for it economy and so many locals that go boating. The Coast Guard use it as an educational/training opportunity for their pilots and crew. It always collects a large gathering of spectators. Original picture taken July 4th, 2004.