Happy 4th of July! Join us on Sunrise for a sneak peek at what you can expect at tonight's fireworks show at Magic Island.
CELEBRATING 4TH OF JULY ISLAND STYLE
Thousands have already set up their tents and elaborate spreads at Magic Island to watch the largest fireworks display in the State. 45 thousand turned up last year and it's on pace to rival that this year. Cars were allowed back in just minutes ago. Ala Moana Center's 14-minute show includes more than 1,315 shells and starts at 8:30 tonight. We've learned that part of the dazzling display has been choreographed to the Hawaii Five-O theme. Ramsay Wharton will be live at Ala Moana Beach Park with more on what you need to know on Sunrise. For a list of all the show locations and times, check out our website.
Power problems and devastating wildfires on the Mainland have resulted in restrictions or cancellations of celebrations. Scores of towns and cities in the West are reeling from wildfires that have claimed lives, charred hundreds of homes and displaced tens of thousands of people, while others in the Midwest and East swelter under brutal and deadly heat. From Montana to Tennessee, communities have canceled or restricted fireworks celebrations. Others have banned pyrotechnics or advised residents to exercise caution with everything from sparklers to barbecue grills because of the soaring temperatures and dry conditions. One of the biggest U.S. fireworks parties, held on Washington's National Mall, will go ahead on as planned.
The State Department of Land and Natural Resources will close Hapuna Beach state recreation area and Kekaha Kai state park at 5 p.m. today to protect the areas from fireworks and potential damage. Normal hours resume tomorrow.
In observance of Independence Day, City government offices will be closed. Emergency ambulance, fire, lifeguard and police services will be available. Municipal golf courses, parks, botanical gardens and the Honolulu Zoo will be open. Refuse will be collected. Landfills and refuse convenience centers will be open. City buses will operate on a Sunday schedule. The People's Open Markets will be closed. Blaisdell Center box office will be closed. Satellite City Halls and Driver License offices will be closed. On-street parking will be free, except for the meters on Kalakaua Avenue along Queen Kapiolani Park. Parking will be permitted in those tow-away zones that allow parking on holidays. Traffic lanes will not be coned. Motorists are reminded that parking in municipal lots with meters will not be free.
HAWAII FIVE-O SEASON 3 BLESSING LIVE ON MONDAY
Plus, I'm happy to share that Hawaii News Now Sunrise has been invited on set to cover the blessing to start filming for Season 3 of Hawaii Five-O. It will be bright and early on Monday morning. Catch our live coverage on KGMB, KHNL and KFVE starting at 5AM. We'll stream it all live for you. We expect the blessing to happen sometime between 6:15 and 7 AM.
Plus, Dan promises a great Fireworks forecast. See you on Sunrise!
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