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Rules and tips for Fourth of July celebrations

Are you planning to watch the July 4th fireworks show at Ala Moana Beach Park? If so, please read the following rules and tips:

The park is normally closed from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. daily, but on July 3rd there will be an exception. The public will be allowed to set up canopies, and up to two people will be allowed to stay overnight with their belongings at each picnic site. No tents, alcoholic beverages, fireworks, and animals are allowed in the park.

All vehicles must leave the park by 10 p.m. on July 3rd. Any vehicles left in the park after 10 p.m. will be towed.

At 4 a.m. on July 4th, vehicles will be allowed to enter the park through both entrances. (Please do not park or line up on Ala Moana Boulevard before this time as HPD officers will be asking drivers to move.) Drivers should park in marked stalls only and obey all posted signs. Vehicles that are illegally parked in and near the Ala Moana park area will be towed. Parking will be available on a first come, first served basis and is open to all. As a courtesy to others, the public will not be allowed to save or "reserve" parking stalls for others.

The Honolulu Police Department thanks you for helping to make this a safe and enjoyable event for all.

Also, the Honolulu Police Department is reminding motorists that traffic around the Ala Moana and Kapiolani areas will be heavily congested following the Fourth of July fireworks show tomorrow night. HPD officers will be at intersections to help expedite traffic from Ala Moana to Nimitz Highway and the H-1 Freeway.