It’s not the Fourth of July yet, but Ala Moana Beach Park is already packed with campers eager to get a jump start on the holiday.
The city is allowing overnight access to to the park for one night only in honor of the Independence Day holiday and Ala Moana Center’s annual fireworks show.
The park is normally closed from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. daily, but starting Thursday, the city is allowing one canopy and up to two people to remain overnight per site within the park in order to establish picnic sites for the 4th of July fireworks celebration.
Tents, alcoholic beverages, personal fireworks and animals are prohibited and will be enforced by the police.
With the exception of those involved with the limited overnight access, the park’s closure hours will still apply, and all other individuals and vehicles must depart from the park by 10 p.m. Thursday.
The park gates will re-open to the public at 4 a.m. Friday, July 4.
The Honolulu Police Dept. is reminding motorists that traffic in the areas immediately surrounding Ala Moana and Kapiolani parks will be heavily congested following Friday’s fireworks.
Police officers will be staffing intersections to help expedite traffic from Ala Moana to Nimitz Hwy. and the H-1 Fwy.
Drivers cannot park along Ala Moana Blvd. from Ward Ave. to Atkinson Dr. There will be no parking in the Key Hole or McCoy Pavilion areas at Ala Moana Beach Park.
Starting at 8 p.m. on July 4, all traffic on Piikoi St. will be directed mauka-bound. No makai-bound traffic will be allowed. The Waikiki Bridge will also be closed at 8 p.m. to vehicle traffic.
Because of the holiday fireworks display, the usual Friday night fireworks and Rockin’ Hawaiian Rainbow Revue presented by the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort will be cancelled on July 4.