HPD offers tips for Fourth of July weekend

By Mark Carpenter

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Fourth of July is just around the corner and thousands of island residents are expected to flock to Ala Moana Beach Park for holiday festivities.

However, the city has a few guidelines to keep in mind.

The Honolulu Police Department is urging beachgoers to be safe and observe normal park rules and regulations.

With a newly imposed fireworks ban, an increased law enforcement officers at the park will be cracking down on personal fireworks use, as well as, alcohol consumption.

"As with any other day when they are in the park, the violations can range from a citation to actually being arrested," HPD Sgt Deric Valoroso said. "I would say there's not going to be anything different, but we are asking the public to try and assist us with this and follow the rules so we don't have to get to that point."

According to Valoroso, citation fines can amount to upwards of $50.

On the July 3, beachgoers are allowed to spend the night at the park to set up and watch their picnic area, however, no vehicles are allowed within the grounds after 10 p.m.

The Department of Parks and Recreation has created specific guidelines for those planning on spending the night such as tents are not allowed to be set up on the night of the third.

"I think the main thing that has changed since last year is that we do have the no tent ordinance and we have no shopping carts. So people should not be using those to carry things in and we really do not want to see tents," said Rosalind Young, West Honolulu District Manager, Department of Parks and Recreation.

When the park re-opens at 4 a.m., drivers will not be allowed to use coolers, traffic cones or other objects to save parking stalls.

However, drivers are able to park their vehicles across the street at Ala Moana Shopping Center.

"We want this to be a fun and exciting event for everyone and we will continue to make Honolulu the safest city to live work and play," Valoroso said.

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