There’ll be one less fireworks show when America celebrates her birthday this July 4th, and it’s all thanks to those darn budget cuts. Kauai’s Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) canceled its annual tradition but hopes to bring it back next year.

We already told you about both the Kaneohe Bayfest and Kailua fireworks show fizzling out of the holiday festivities. Even Pearl Harbor had to say “nay” to their traditional show in the skies.

Not surprisingly, each Fourth of July event in the islands will draw thousands of people every summer. Last year, more than 10,000 people attended the PMRF show, according to The Garden Isle. I was among the crowd on the beach. We showed up early to get a spot and enjoyed the free entertainment and local grinds. The best part of this Kauai event was that it was one of the only days that the public was allowed access to PMRF.

Those with Department of Defense ID cards may attend the Navy’s July 3 observance at Barking Sands; it’ll be a picnic-style event for DOD employees and families. This time, it will be during the daytime and end at 5 p.m., featuring the Pacific Fleet Band and the Air Force Band of the Pacific.


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