Revelers reminded to celebrate safely

| June 29, 2017 | 0 Comments
A member of the Black Daggers, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command's parachute demonstration team, performs an aerial maneuver during the Shaw Air Expo and open house at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, May 21, 2016 (Photo by Airman 1st Class Kelsey Tucker)

A member of the Black Daggers, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s parachute demonstration team, performs an aerial maneuver during the Shaw Air Expo and open house at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, May 21, 2016 (Photo by Airman 1st Class Kelsey Tucker)

Karen A. Iwamoto
Staff Writer

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS —This year’s Fourth of July Spectacular at Weyand Field is the first since 2012 to be open to the general public.

The annual celebration, which features fun carnival rides, food, crafts, concerts, a beer-and-wine tent and more, has been a tradition for the Army community, here, but senior leaders at U.S. Army Hawaii wanted to open the festivities up to the public as a way of thanking them for their support of the military over the years.

It also gives non-military families in the North and Central Oahu communities a closer-to-home alternative to the fireworks and shows held in Waikiki and downtown Honolulu.

In addition to concerts by country singer Tyler Farr and Grammy-nominated pop singer Natalie Imbruglia, this year’s show features a performance by the Army’s Black Dagger Parachute Team.

But, as always, safety is the No. 1 concern, and officials are reminding attendees to follow the rules and exercise common sense.

What follows are some tips and reminders to help attendees get the most out of the festivities.

Getting to the event
Non-DOD guests must enter through Foote Gate and park on Watts Field. From there they will be shuttled to the event on Weyand Field. Shuttle service begins at 10 a.m.

Exiting the event
Toward H2-Use Macomb Gate
Toward H2- Use Foote Gate
Toward Wheeler and Waipahu/Ewa Beach-Use Lyman Gate
Both directions-Use McNair Gate

Tickets
Tickets to for rides and games can be purchased on site.

Canopies
Canopies are allowed on the field until 3 p.m. When entertainment begins, please lower umbrellas and canopies, so others can see the stage.

Prohibited items

The following items cannot be brought to the show:

  • Glass bottles.
  • Pets (service animals are permitted).
  • Weapons of any kind, including but not limited to:
    -Firearms (with or without permits)
    -Pocketknives and/or multi-tools.
    -Pepper spray or mace.
    -Flares or fireworks.
  • All backpacks, briefcases, luggage or duffel bags. (Diaper bags, coolers and small purses are permitted).
  • Skateboards, hoverboards, rollerblades, scooters or bicycles.
  • Noise-making devices (e.g., air horns, drums, whistles).
  • Illegal substances.
  • Laser pointers.
  • Drones of any kind, including but not limited to:
    -UAV’s.
    -RPA’s.
    -UAS’s.
  • Offensive or profane messages or images on signs and clothing.

Keep pets safe

July 4 can be tough on pets who may be frightened by loud noise and flashing lights from fireworks. The Hawaiian Humane Society offers the following tips to keep your best friend safe:

  • Make sure your pet is wearing a valid license for identification. Additionally, all dogs and cats on Oahu should be microchipped.
  • Keep pets indoors or in a safe enclosed area like a closed garage. Remove any items that could harm your pet or be destroyed by your pet, and leave the television or radio on.
  • Talk to your veterinarian about getting a prescription sedative for your pets.
  • Do not bring your pet with you to fireworks displays. Note, pets, with the exception of service dogs, are prohibited from the Fourth of July Spectacular.

If your pet is lost after the holiday, or if you find an unidentified lost pet, call the Hawaiian Humane Society at 356-2228.

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Weyand Field (Main/Center Field)
Info booth, Sponser Tent, ATM, Lost & Found, 10 a.m.
Food booths, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Main Stage
3:30 p.m., Tyler Farr
5 p.m., Flag retreat
5:05 p.m., Natalie Imbruglia
6 p.m., Hypersquad
7:20 p.m., 50 State Patriotic Salute
8:30 p.m., Fireworks

Desiderio Field
10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Pony rides and petting zoo
10 a.m.- 7 p.m., Game booths
10 a.m.-8 p.m., Mechanical bull, caricatures, pedal boats, airbrush, balloon twister, Water Zorb
10 a.m.- 9 p.m., Food booths

Sills Field & Tennis Courts Parking Lot
10 a.m.-8 p.m., Rides midway
11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Carriage rides

Richardson Pool Open
10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Crafts & New Products Bazaar
10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Black Dagger Parachute Jump
3:15 p.m.

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