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Saving a Spot for the Fourth

The Fourth of July fireworks show at Ala Moana Beach Park gets bigger and bigger every year, with as many as 30,000 people crowding the park. They fill the sandy shoreline, park benches and seawalls in anticipation of the firework finale – which lights up the skies with each loud BOOM!

If you’re planning to watch the fireworks at Ala Moana, then here are a few things you should know before you go:

– On the night before July 4, as many as two people may stay overnight to hold a spot at the park.

– Cars are prohibited from parking overnight. However, the park will reopen to cars at 4 a.m. on July 4.

– No alcohol, fireworks, tents or pets allowed in park.

– Bring a beach mat, blankets and snacks.

If you want to avoid the crowds at the park, head across the street to Ala Moana Shopping Center. The public is welcomed to watch the fireworks from the makai-side parking lot deck. It does tend to get pretty crowded up there, too, but definitely not as crowded as the beach park.

Posted by: Bruce Fisher on Jul 2, 2013