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Fireworks display caps off carnival

by Michele Catahay

Guam - If you're not sure what to do for the 4th of July, make sure to check out the Liberation Carnival, as the Mayor's Council of Guam has planned a fireworks display as part of the festivities.

Every July 4, the United States celebrates Independence Day, commemorating the adoption of the declaration of independence. For many years, the day has been associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues and carnivals. This year, island mayors have planned a whole night full of fun and celebration by scheduling a fireworks display near the Liberation Carnival in Hagatna.

Sinajana Vice-Mayor Robert Hofmann says the island hasn't planned a fireworks display in the last 15 to 20 years. Instead, the military has held huge events to celebrate the holiday in the last several years.  The fireworks show will last about 15 minutes. Hofmann says this year, they've sectioned out the display in two sections and officials will be firing them out manually.

"It's a wonderful way to remember America, and it's a season for all people around the world. America sets the tone for independence and democracy and here on Guam, it's our way of saluting America and thanking them. We've invited the military. So it's pretty big in the military papers and it's been advertised for the last week and a lot of the military families were asking, since they're not having any celebration - they should come and enjoy the local food, family, fun and entertainment," he said.

Hofmann says the mayor's decided to plan something special for the holiday this year not only to celebrate our independence, but to also honor our heroes.  "We're hoping and praying for good weather and we hope people of Guam can see the carnival," he added.  "It's open since June 23 and it lasts all the way to August 1. All the talk and chatter we hear out there, they're saying it's a fantastic organization."

The fireworks display will take place at 9pm Sunday night.

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