Spectators plan early for Ala Moana Fourth of July fireworks show

Fourth of July is just a day away and about 50,000 people are expected to pack Ala Moana Beach Park to watch the big fireworks show.

It takes planning and working in shifts to get a good seat for the show. But for campers, it’s well worth it.

It was a very early morning for those looking for front-row seats to Thursday’s fireworks show. Many arrived at Ala Moana Beach Park well before sunrise.

“3:30 a.m.,” Nuuanu resident Tiffany Santiago said.

“Like four or three in the morning,” Makiki resident Wendy-Ashley Lim said.

“3:30 a.m.,” Kailua resident Kaulana Lukela said.

Not everyone could stay. Many people set up their canopies and then left for work. But for those who had the day off…

“I brought my iPod and iTouch to keep me and my son entertained,” Lim said.

“Enjoying the view, the water, the ocean, paddleboarding, surfing, pretty much everything,” Lukela said.

Many spectators are working in shifts.

“Because the girls are here today, the men are going to come and sleep tonight and come back here tomorrow morning at 4 and fight for parking,” Santiago said.

Two people can sleep overnight to hold spots at the park. They’re well-prepared for the hours they’ll spend there, playing cards, relaxing, and of course, eating.

“Hamburger, chicken, teriyaki, hot dog, potato salad,” one spectator said.

Although they brought everything from holiday cookies to patriotic fingernails, Honolulu police are reminding people to leave the alcohol, tents, fireworks and pets at home.

“We have front view, right in front, so can’t complain about that,” Santiago said.

People say it’s all about the memories they’ll make.

“Bringing old friends, new friends and family together, spending time with everyone,” spectator Chelsie Seo said.

“It’s so much fun, even though there’s lots of packing and you got to wake up super early. It’s all worth it,” Lim said.

Cars will not be allowed to park overnight, but the gates will reopen at 4 a.m. Thursday.

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