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July 4th guidelines at Ala Moana Beach Park

Mayor Kirk Caldwell today announced the City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation will allow the public limited overnight access at Ala Moana Regional Park in anticipation of the Independence Day holiday.

The park is normally closed from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. daily, but the city will allow one canopy and up to two people to remain overnight per site within the park, from July 3 to July 4, in order to establish picnic sites for the holiday celebration. Tents, alcoholic beverages, fireworks, and animals are prohibited and will be enforced by the Honolulu Police Department (HPD). The public will also not be allowed to "save" or "reserve" parking stalls for friends and family.

With the exception of those involved with the limited overnight access, the park's closure hours will still apply, and all other individuals and all vehicles must depart from the park by 10 p.m. The park gates will open to the public at 4 a.m. on July 4.

The HPD is reminding motorists that traffic in the areas immediately surrounding Ala Moana and Kapi'olani parks will be heavily congested following the fireworks display.

HPD officers will be staffing intersections to help expedite traffic from Ala Moana to Nimitz Highway and the H-1 Freeway.