Families prepare for Ala Moana fireworks show

MAGIC ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Families are getting ready to save spots for Hawaii's largest Fourth of July fireworks display. Spectators at Ala Moana Beach Park will have to remember the rules or face possible penalties.

Pyrotechnic experts are setting up Ala Moana Center's 21st annual fireworks show. Roughly 45,000 people showed up to watch the dazzling display last year.

The park closed at 10 p.m. as usual on July 3. All cars must leave the park, but one person can stay overnight at each site with coolers and other items. Then at 4 a.m. on July 4, cars will be allowed back into the park, but drivers won't be able to line up early. Police will also be enforcing regular rules and issuing citations for parking violations, alcohol and illegal fireworks.

"Throughout the day, we're going to have patrolling officers ranging from regular patrol officers to the bicycle detail, Segways, also possibly plainclothes units," said Sgt. Deric Valoroso of the Honolulu Police Department.

"We know what the people want to hear. We know what they like to see. This year, the colors are huge - big, bright, brilliant colors," said Sherry Souza of J and M Displays West.

The 14-minute show includes more than 1,315 shells. The fireworks start 8:30 p.m. on July 4.

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