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Your guide to celebrating Independence Day with fireworks and music on Oahu

Steven Mark
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The annual 4th of July fireworks celebration at Ala Moana Center will feature entertainment throughout the day. The fireworks show will begin at 8:30 p.m.

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Dean DeLeo, left, Robert DeLeo, Jeff Gutt and Eric Kretz of Stone Temple Pilots will take the stage at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

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If you’re a fan of Stone Temple Pilots, find a good friend in the military and head over to the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, where the San Diego-based rockers headline a program of music, fireworks and family fun.

STP’s seven studio albums all placed on the Billboard charts since the band originally formed in 1989; five of them went gold or platinum. The Stone Temple Pilots also produced some intriguing videos: “Vasoline,” a song ostensibly about getting “stuck” in love, included scenes of clowns, Bavarian dancing, interrogation and insects; “Interstate Love Song” shows scenes of a Pinochio-like clown scrambling to escape his own lies about drug use. The two songs from STP’s 1994 No. 1 album “Purple” spent 17 consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

The band endured heartbreak and tragedy earlier this decade, seeing lead singer Steve Weiland leave the band and then dying of a drug overdose, while replacement Chester Bennington committed suicide.

Last year, former “X Factor” contestant Jeff Gutt came on as the band’s new frontman. The group has since produced a new eponymous album, released in March.

Things are going gangbusters with Gutt, bandmembers said, responding by email to questions from the Star-Advertiser.

“The chemistry was there from the start,” said drummer Eric Kretz. “We ended up finishing 14 songs, which is the most that Stone Temple Pilots has ever recorded for an album.”

“What impressed all of us is how he lets the song dictate his direction instead of the other way around,” added bassist Robert DeLeo.

DeLeo, his brother Dean, a guitarist, and Kretz have played together from the beginning.

STP is touring bases worldwide as part of the Armed Forces Entertainment “Heat Wave” concert series. They’ll be playing for an international crowd at this concert for RIMPAC, the Rim of the Pacific Exercise. It’s the world’s largest international naval gathering, expected to include 25,000 naval personnel, 52 ships and submarines from 26 countries.

Festivities take place at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, and are open to Department of Defense ID card holders, sponsored guests and RIMPAC members.

Family-friendly activities are on from 3 to 7 p.m. near the NEX Fleet Store. Activities also take place at Ward Field beginning at 4 p.m., with a car show, lawn games, Pacific Roller Derby matches and more. Stone Temple Pilots take the stage at 7:30, followed by fireworks at 9. Get more details, including restrictions, at 808ne.ws/RimPacJuly4.

MORE FOURTH of July events around the island, all open to the public:

Fourth of July Freedom Run/Walk: A 5K and 10K run and 1-mile walk for the Epilepsy Foundation. 7 a.m. (6 a.m. registration), Kailua High School. $35, family registration available. 528-3058, epilepsyhawaii.org

Fourth of July Spectacular at Schofield Barracks: Festivities include music, games, pony rides and fireworks. No pets or glass allowed. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Weyand Field. Free; picnic spaces and tickets for games and rides available for sale. himwr.com.

>> 10 a.m.-8 p.m.: Carnival rides, games, food and bar

>> Noon: Hypersquad Dance Co. performance

>> 1 p.m.: Dita Holifield’s Hillbilly House

>> 3 p.m.: Black Daggers parachute demonstration

>> 3:30 p.m.: Anuhea

>> 5:30 p.m.: David Nail

>> 7:35 p.m.: 50 States Patriotic Salute, 1812 Overture, 25th Infantry Division Band

>> 8:40 p.m.: Fireworks

Kailua Independence Day Parade: The 72nd annual event features bands, military and veterans marching units, youth groups, and more. 10 a.m.-noon, Kainalu Drive (from Palapu Street to Kailua Intermediate School). 261-7997, kailuachamber.com/kailuaparade

Fourth of July Kailua Fireworks & Air Show: Acrobatic air show with Skydive Hawaii presenting Col. John Bates and the Flying Leathernecks, followed by a fireworks show, Kailua Beach Park. A free shuttle service between the Lau Hala Shops parking lot (old Macy’s parking lot) and from Kailua Beach Center begins at 3:30 p.m. and runs every 20 to 30 minutes. The last pick-up before the fireworks is at 7:30 p.m., returning from Kailua Beach Center 8:15 to 10:20 p.m. kailuafireworks.net.

>> 5:45 p.m.: Air show

>> 8 p.m.: Fireworks

Ala Moana Center’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular: 8:30 p.m. fireworks display launched from three separate platforms at Ala Moana Beach Park. Tune in to radio station KSSK (92.3 FM) for a live soundtrack that accompanies “one of the top 25 fireworks shows in the country.” alamoanacenter.com.

Also, entertainment throughout the day at the center:

>> Noon: Randy Allen at Ewa Wing Stage

>> 2 p.m.: Kalei Gamiao at Ewa Wing Stage

>> 3 p.m.: Close the Distance at Centerstage

>> 4 p.m.: Natalie Ai Kamauu at Centerstage

>> 5 p.m.: Maunalua at Centerstage

Laie Day’s Fourth of July Celebration: 4 p.m., Hukilau Marketplace, Polynesian Cultural Center. 293-3142, hukilau marketplace.com.

>> 3-4 p.m.: Laie Day Parade precedes festivities, starting at Brigham Young University-Hawaii and ending at the marketplace, where floats will park for photo opportunities.

>> 4-9 p.m.: Family activities include bouncers, face painting, balloon animals, keiki obstacle course and mechanical bull-riding contest. Food stalls, too.

>> 5 p.m.: Entertainment by Kekoa Kane, Josh Tatofi, Kapena and B.E.T., and Cook Islands National Arts Theatre.

>> 9 p.m.: Fireworks show by Grucci

Fourth of July Picnic on the Pier at the Mighty Mo: Keiki activities, complimentary tours, music by Hawaiian Soul and fireworks show. Bring your own food and drinks or purchase from Gordon Biersch’s pop-up location (cash only). Glass containers, grills, tables, pets and fireworks prohibited. With complimentary shuttle service to and from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. 6 p.m. activities, 9 p.m. fireworks, Battleship Missouri Memorial. $10-$15, $5-$10 in advance, tables available. ussmissouri.org/picnic

Star of Honolulu’s Independence Day Cruise: Dinner, entertainment and view of the fireworks show. Departs 6:15 p.m. from Aloha Tower Marketplace. $113-$248; kamaaina and military rates available. 983-7827, starofhonolulu.com

Atlantis Cruises’ Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular Cruise: Americana-themed menu and view of the fireworks show aboard the Majestic. 6:15-9:15 p.m., departs from Pier 6, Aloha Tower Marketplace. $96-$164, free for ages 6 and younger. Reservations: 973-1311, atlantisadventures.com.

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