A Fourth full of fun

Kauai residents and visitors have several options to ring in the 4th of July.

The Pacific Missile Range Facility Barking Sands will celebrate Independence Day early with the Stars & Stripes Freedom Celebration starting at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Free and open to the public, the celebration includes live entertainment and fireworks on the grounds of Shenanigans.

American Top 40 band Dishwalla will perform, along with local Hawaiian bands, like KaVibes, Rebel Souljahz and Greenstone Project.

There will also be rides, food, games, crafts and free parking.

Backpacks and cars will be subject to search, and outside food, beverages, coolers, tents, pets, weapons, or personal fireworks are prohibited.

Due to increased security requirements, attending adult visitors are asked to have a valid identification card with photo with them. Children under the age of 18 are not required to have identification.

Kauai Hospice Concert in the Sky

The 26th annual Kauai Hospice Concert in the Sky will be at Vidinha Stadium from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Monday.

The celebration is home to the largest aerial fireworks event on Kauai, and visitors will get to celebrate our national holiday with the local cultural experiences of music and dance and food. There will be a keiki fun zone, prizes and a countdown to the fireworks.

Local band Kapena will be the headliner, with performances by Te Avamo‘a Tahiti Delegation, Aldrine Guerrero, Tsunami Taiko and Kapaa High School JROTC.

Guests should bring low-profile chairs and blankets.

Organizers are looking forward to a large turnout.

“Your presence at this event allows us to raise awareness of all the services offered by Kauai Hospice as well as continue to carry out our mission for our Kauai island community,” wrote Karen Davis, president of the Kauai Hospice board of directors.

Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children six to 12 and are available at Times, Big Save markets and the Kauai Hospice office. Tickets at the gate are $15 for adults and $7 for children.

To accommodate the event, the Kauai Police Department will close off Kapule Highway, from Ahukini Road to Rice Street, and Rice Street, from Kapule Highway to Hoolako Street, throughout the duration of the fireworks show, which is tentatively scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m.

At the conclusion of the fireworks, officers will be directing traffic out of the stadium parking lot until 10:30 p.m.

During this time, Kapule Highway will be northbound only from Kaana Street and southbound-only from Halau Street. Hoolako Street will be southbound only, from Vidinha Stadium to Rice Street. No left turns will be allowed from Kapule Highway onto Kuhio Highway at the Hanamaulu junction.

Kekaha

Starting at 4 p.m., the public is invited to participate in the Kekaha Fourth of July Celebration at the Kekaha Neighborhood Center.

The free event includes a cultural demonstration, exhibits, arts and crafts, a plantation museum, game booths and keiki rides.

Local entertainment, food, water and soda booths will also be available.

To accommodate the fireworks show, police will close Kaumuali‘i Highway from Alae Road to Amakihi Road, from about 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

During the closure, officers will be diverting traffic onto Kekaha Road.

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