The stage is set for the CNMI’s 78th Liberation Day Parade on July 4th.

The Royal Court is set for the July 4th parade as the NMI marks its 78th Liberation Day. The parade along Beach Road begins at 10 a.m. 


 Saipan Mayor’s Chief of Staff and Parade Chair Priscilla Iakopo said this year’s theme is, “Honoring the memories from the past with moments of today.”

“Join us to celebrate this 78th liberation of our grandparents, great grandparents that were liberated 78 years ago from Camp Susupe,” said Mayor Ramon Camacho. 

The grandstand in Garapan is ready. It was built by the Department of Corrections Outreach and Logistics participants. The Man Amko' Center is also preparing to join the parade, which will feature 55 groups, including 11 floats. 

“This year’s theme is very important for them because it has something to do with memories from the past…they know everything from the it would be very important for them and it is a memorable one for them,” said Judy Arriola. 


Guam Governor Lou Leon Guerrero is expected to be among the dignitaries watching. The Guam Army National Guard Band will also join the celebration.

“My first time in the liberation parade, however, our band marched in the parade a few years ago,” said Christopher Iwashita of the Guam Army National Guard. 

“Since then our recruiting efforts have grown to around 75 individuals from the CNMI and we are proud that this year we will be showcasing about 45 of them during the liberation parade,” said Joey Cruz.  

The band included two Saipan sons who last visited in 2019.

“I feel very proud to be serving Saipan again…and I am happy to see familiar faces,” said Krysthian Villanueca. 

“I am honored to be back home to give back to the community of where I was born and raised,” said Elejohn Solomon.