MWR Fourth of July celebration nears

Reid Tokeshi

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation

In less than two weeks, Joint Base Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) will again bring the party to Ward Field for a Fourth of July celebration. This year’s event has a few new wrinkles setting it apart from years past.

Instead of one headlining act entertaining the crowd with their own songs, MWR is bringing in tribute bands that will play the hits of two of the biggest acts in music.

The Eagles Experience takes the stage at 5 p.m. performing songs from the legendary California band, The Eagles. At 7:30 p.m. U2byUV will give patrons “The U2 Concert Experience” up until the fireworks.

For the first time, MWR is giving away a car — or other vehicle — as the grand prize on the Fourth of July. A winner will walk away with their choice of a Chevrolet Sonic, Harley-Davidson Roadster, Yamaha V1 Waverunner or a two-year lease on an Audi A3. Earlier information listed the Chevrolet Spark but the offer has been upgraded to the Sonic.

Entries are accepted online at www.greatlifehawaii.com until June 29. Those who don’t make the first round of cuts (semifinalists are notified prior to July 4) can enter again at the event.

Those attending the celebration will have a lot of new things to keep them busy leading up to the fireworks. MWR is bringing out free activities for all ages. Some of the activities announced include knockerball, dodge bow, basketball challenge and archery.

Free-roving entertainment from jugglers, stilt walkers and magicians will create a circus atmosphere. The event will also include carnival-style games. The main stage will host free games and contests during the day, leading up to the giveaway.

Popular attractions will also return this year. The free xpress train, petting zoo, car show, rides and inflatables will be back.

In addition, a fireworks spectacular will punctuate the night.

For more information about MWR’s Fourth of July celebration, go to www.greatlifehawaii.com.

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