Happy Birthday USA: Fourth of July 2015 evolves into a weekend festival

| July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
Fireworks populate the skies at the 2013 Fourth of July Spectacular, here.

Fireworks populate the skies at the 2013 Fourth of July Spectacular, here.

Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation
U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A second day of concert entertainment at Weyand Field, here, highlights two days of Fourth of July activities this year for Soldiers, families and members of the military community.

Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff members, along with U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii support services, will have the parade field at the ready when country music artist Sam Hunt takes the main stage Friday afternoon for a free concert.

4TH-2015-logo-fin-outlined2July 3
The Red, White and Blue Party kicks off the Fourth of July weekend activities with live entertainment by O.N.E. Nation and country artist Sam Hunt.
Weyand Field opens at 2:30 p.m. when food and beverages become available for purchase.

July 4
The 44th annual Fourth of July Spectacular begins at 10 a.m. and will feature rides, midway games, crafts, food booths, a new products bazaar, a mini PX (post exchange), a surf simulator, archery, a Double Dare family A1_MichelleBranchchallenge, water zorbs, Hali Hali rides, a mobile gaming truck and pony rides on Desiderio, Weyand and Sills fields throughout the day.
A live concert will feature performances beginning with Michelle Branch at 3:30 p.m., followed by Collective Soul at 5 p.m. An awe-inspiring fireworks display will close out the night, and the event concludes at 9 p.m.

Installation impact
The combination holiday schedule and Fourth of July festivities will

Collective SOUL

Collective SOUL

impact normal access and installation facilities, as follows:
•Pool Entry. The Richardson Pool will be open on July 3rd and 4th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The parking lot will be closed. Patrons are asked to walk to the pool or park at parking lots located close to Weyand Field (lots at the bowling center, Kalakaua Community Center, etc.). Normal fees apply.
•Drop off. People attending the event may drop off their picnic supplies at a turn-around point in front of the Arts & Crafts building on July 4th until 9:45 a.m.
•Commissary. The Commissary will be closed on July 4. The Commissary parking lot will be closed and fenced off July 3 at 9 p.m. All cars left in the parking lot will be towed by A & L Motors. (Call 429-4994.)
•Noise Advisory. Residents and visitors on post will hear the cannon rehearsal and performance: July 3, 6-10 p.m., and July 4, 7:15-8:30 p.m.

Event guidelines
The birthday bash is open only to Department of Defense ID cardholders, to include military members, their families, military retirees, DOD civilian employees and their authorized guests.
Officials with U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s DFMWR anticipate about 42,000 attendees will attend this year’s events, and are asking for everyone’s cooperation to ensure a safe and happy holiday.

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To ensure a safe and happy holiday weekend for all, the following items are prohibited at the event:
•Glass bottles;
•Distilled spirits/liquor (whiskey, rum, vodka, tequila, etc.);
•Fireworks, including firecrackers and sparklers (Note: Fireworks are prohibited on all military installations, including Army Hawaii installations, at all times!);
•Charcoal/open-flame grills, unless they are in a designated picnic area that is reserved through DFMWR.

DFMWR will showcase its recycling and sustainability programs on post and is asking attendees to pitch in and dispose of their opala (rubbish) in the proper manner.

Desiderio Field
10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Pony Rides, Petting Zoo
10 a.m.-7 p.m., Game Booths, Mini Golf
10 a.m-8 p.m., Mechanical Bull Riding, Mechanical Surf Ride, Water Zorb
10 a.m.-9 p.m., Food Booths

Weyand Field
10 a.m., Information booth open, ATM, Lost & Found
10 a..m.-3 p.m., Sponsor Tent, Car Giveaway
Till 3 p.m., Drawing sign-up
10 a.m.-9 p.m., Food Booths
11:30 a.m., Military Working Dog Demonstration

Family and MWR Stage
10-10:30 a.m., Red Light Challenged
10:45-11:15 a.m., Amanda Frazier
11:30 a.m.-noon, The Fresh Preps
12:15-12:45 p.m., Ignite the Red
1-1:30 p.m., Fat Jesus
1:45-2:15 p.m., Backwards Shaka
2:30-3, Stink Eye
Sills Field/Tennis Court Parking Lot
10 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Climbing Wall
10 a.m.-8 p.m., Rides Midway
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Richardson Pool Open
11:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Carriage Rides

Pool Parking Lot Activities
10 a.m.-6 p.m., Crafts and New Products Bazaar, Video Gamer Trailer, Caricature, Balloon Twister, Archery 4-All

Main Stage, July 4
3:30 p.m., Michelle Branch
5 p.m., Flag Retreat
5:05 p.m., Collective Soul
7 p.m., Free Car Giveaway by Tony Group Autoplex
7:30 p.m., 50 State Patriotic Salute, 25th ID Band Concert of  “1812 Overture” with cannons
8:30 p.m., Fireworks from the Commissary parking lot
(The commissary and Flagview Mall stores are closed on the Fourth of July.)

Public parking will be available; however, the garrison’s DFMWR advises spectators to walk, rather than drive, if possible, to ease traffic congestion.
Drivers and all passengers ages 16 and older are required to show a valid ID at the gates. All drivers must possess valid vehicle registration and proof of insurance. All vehicles are subject to search at any time while on the installation.
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Parking lot closures
The following closures will be in effect:
•Fernandez Hall back lot: 4:30 p.m., July 2, through 8 a.m., July 5.
•Tennis courts/re-enlistment: 4:30 p.m., July 2, through 8 a.m., July 5.
•Commissary lot: 9 p.m., July 3, through 8 a.m., July 5.
•Fernandez Hall front lot: 10 a.m., July 3, through 8 a.m., July 5.
•Nehelani: 7:30 a.m., July 4, through 8 a.m., July 5.

Stay in Touch
The point of contact is Aubrey Kiemnec,  chief, Special Events, DFMWR, at 655-0110.
View the schedule of events at Stay in Touch
The point of contact is Aubrey Kiemnec,  chief, Special Events, DFMWR, at 655-0110.
View the schedule of events at www.himwr.com.

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