Ala Moana Center’s annual Fourth of July festivities underway

As many as 60,000 people are expected in the Ala Moana area Friday for the Fourth of July holiday.

Regulars know just how big and bold Ala Moana Center’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular show — now in its 23rd year — can be.

“We actually have over a thousand shells,” said Robyn Gee Tucker of General Growth Properties. “We start planning for this back in February by putting the soundtrack together, and we choreograph it, get it on a boat to get it over here. So it is a ton of planning.”

Sherry Souza of J&M Displays West says this year’s show will be grander than ever.

“We’ve mixed it up a little bit, by taking the two outside positions, making them bigger, aiming them farther out,” she said. “So we’re going to take up more space in the sky and just throw more stuff every second. It’s just going to be incredible.”

Souza even says some of the fireworks will be on land in the park.

“We’re going to take some of our in-your-face fireworks and, because there is no stage, we’re going to focus on the people in the park this time, and they’re going to feel it this time,” she said.

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