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Schofield's July 4th celebration for military only

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:25 a.m. HST, Jun 12, 2013

The Army says its annual July 4th celebration at Schofield Barracks will only be open to people with military identification this year.

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii says the event has been open to the public in the past. But this year the Army is restricting access because it expects military attendees will fill the venue to capacity.

That's because most Hawaii-based soldiers are back from deployments this year. More people will also likely go to Schofield because budget cuts are forcing Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and Marine Corps Base Hawaii to cancel fireworks displays. Schofield will have fireworks.

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii commander Col. Daniel Whitney said in a statement Monday ensuring the installation's safety and security is always the Army's top priority.

The celebration usually attracts between 30,000 and 50,000 people.

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mhkadmin wrote:
For the last 20 or so years our family has gathered at Schofield to celebrate July 4th along with the military community. This year was going to be extra special as our oldest daughter recently married an Army member and will be relocating before the end of the year. This news is a real slap in the face to the local community. Sweet Papaya
on June 12,2013 | 08:37AM
1local wrote:
where's the money for the fireworks and the celebration coming from? Tax payer monies?
on June 12,2013 | 06:31PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Kind of like the hotels that only look for local business during the slow times. Big PR mistake, Schofield.
on June 12,2013 | 11:46AM
iwanaknow wrote:
I think Turtle Bay Resorts, Kahuku will put on a 5 minute fireworks................otherwise, Ala Moana Shopping Center is da place
on June 12,2013 | 11:46AM
MexMe wrote:
Hawaii Kai Marina has good fireworks as well! They get bigger every year and there is music as well as food and other vendors.
on June 12,2013 | 05:14PM
niceynicey wrote:
This doesn't bother me. It's a matter of logistics, plain and simple.
on June 12,2013 | 03:26PM
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