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Bayfest and July 4 fireworks canceled because of budget cuts

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL
    The outdoor stage will be the site of a performance by Joe Nichols at 8:30 p.m. today. Tickets are $30 at the gate. For a schedule of all BayFest events call 254-7679 or visit bayfesthawaii.com.

  • Attendees enjoyed rides at Bayfest in 2011 at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe (Star-Advertiser archive)
  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    The Navy’s Blue Angels concluded their performance yesterday at the Kaneohe Bay Airshow and BayFest. The day included entertainment by local musicians, demonstrations by other stunt planes, a car show and a tour of several aircraft, including a Coast Guard C-130 Hercules.
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Federal budget cuts are forcing Pearl Harbor to cancel its July 4 fireworks and the Marine Corps to cancel its annual Bayfest event at Kaneohe Bay.

A Navy Region Hawaii spokesman said Monday that annual fireworks at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam have been canceled as the base scales back its Independence Day celebration at Hickam Harbor. The event will now be a daytime celebration ending at 5 p.m., featuring the Pacific Fleet Band and the Air Force Band of the Pacific, plus other activities.

Marine Corps Base Hawaii said earlier Monday its summer festival is being canceled this year because of automatic federal budget cuts and other fiscal constraints.

The Marines have been holding the festival for more than 20 years. The two-and-a-half-day event draws 25,000 people to Kaneohe Bay for musical performances, carnival rides, fireworks and military static displays.

The Marines say the festival requires significant resources from many base departments and from Marine Corps Community Services. The Marines say all these sections are affected by potential furloughs and fiscal limits.

Military services and federal agencies are feeling the effects of $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts that took effect in March.

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