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SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — Sasebo’s Independence Day celebration will have a “block party” theme this year and will be on base rather than Nimitz Park, the usual site for such large-scale events.

The celebration begins at 11 a.m. Sunday, when driving will be restricted on base. That will allow pedestrians the entire length of California Drive to mingle, play games, visit organizations’ booths, browse arts and crafts displays and enjoy eating in base establishments, said Frank DeSilva, a Morale, Welfare and Recreation department official.

After the Sept. 11, 2001, base events open to the public were limited. But more such events have taken place the past few years, DeSilva said.

This year’s highlight will be from noon to 4 p.m., when two Sasebo-based amphibious ships — the USS Essex and USS Juneau — will be open to the public for tours, said Lt. Edward Sisk, Commander Task Force 76 spokesman.

“We are pleased to invite the local residents on board and provide the tours of the ships and see where our sailors work each day,” Sisk said. “The tours are one of the more popular attractions when the local community is invited to base events.”

He said when inclement weather put a damper on last year’s celebrations, the ship tours continued.

“The people just kept coming and coming. We expect a great crowd this year,” Sisk said.

This year’s block party theme is a new twist for large base events, DeSilva said. “This is going to be big. Everyone’s excited. The block party atmosphere is so much better.”

The block party also offers a better view for Sunday night’s fireworks.

“This will help people enjoy them so much more by being so close to the fireworks show,” Sisk said. The show will be staged from Juliet Basin, “right in the thick of event staging areas.”

Here is an overview of events planned for the July Fourth weekend around the Pacific:

Japan

Yokosuka Naval Base, 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Berkey Field No. 1: Morale Welfare and Recreation is planning a county fair-themed day, with a command chili cook-off, tricycle races, midway booths and a special kids zone with a petting zoo, kids’ game booths and temporary tattoos. Musical performances by Mustang Sally. Fireworks at 8 p.m. following the national anthem. If it rains, the celebration will be held July 4.

Naval Air Facility Atsugi, 11:45 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Monday at Reid Field: Celebration starts with a parade from Ranger Gym to Reid Field. Music performances include tributes to Beyonce, ZZ Top and Credence Clearwater Revival. Daytime events include a petting zoo and pony rides; wheel barrel and three-legged races, pie and hotdog eating contests and bumper boats at the outdoor pool. A fireworks display begins at 7:45 p.m.

Camp Zama, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Dewey Park: U.S. Army Japan Band will perform a jazz concert at 6 p.m. followed by a fireworks concert at the intersection near Building 1050 and the Zama American High School.

Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, 3 to 9:30 p.m. Monday at Penny Lake: Live band, DJ, three-legged races, relays, tug-of-war, horseshoes, air bouncers and amusements for adults and children. Food booth offerings include cotton candy, funnel cakes and snow cones. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Base taxi service will be available at regular rates. Call 253-3727 for more information.

Misawa Air Base, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at the Collocated Club: Freedom Fest 05. Indoor and outdoor activities for all ages including games, contests, prizes, free food, live entertainment and coverall bingo for a chance to win a Harley Davidson. Fireworks display, hosted by Outdoor Recreation, 7 p.m. at the base beach.

Yokota Air Base, All Yokota Beach Bash festivities originally scheduled to take place at Darling Field on Monday will take place in Hangar 15. The rain plan was activated due to flooding from the recent heavy rainfall and the prediction of rain through the holiday. All advertised times and activities will remain the same, starting at 3:30 p.m. and including performances by the Air Force Band and hula, fire and knife dancers. Also planned: a barbecue cook-off and children’s attractions including games and a bouncy building.

Camp Fuji, starting at 11 a.m. Monday at the Roadhouse: annual Independence Day cookout. Call 224-8357 for more information.

Guam

Andersen Air Force Base, starting at noon Friday, Tarague Beach: Freedom Fest 05, including free lunch buffet starting at noon. A DJ will play from noon to 4 p.m. with musical performances from 4 to 8 p.m. Children’s events include bouncy castles, a balloon maker and clown. Adults can join a tug-of-war or the squadron volleyball tournament. Visitors can register to win $5,000 in prizes.

Naval Forces Marianas, From 3 to 9 p.m. Monday at Polaris Point. The Navy MWR event includes a clown, magician and inflated kingdom for the kids and music, games, food and Carabao rides for all, concluding with a fireworks extravaganza.

South Korea

YONGSAN GARRISON

¶ Call DSN 738-5419, unless otherwise noted, for more information on these events.

All weekend

¶ Softball tournament at Yongsan’s Lombardo Field. The tournament runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.

¶ Basketball tournament at Yongsan’s Collier Field House. The tournament runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.

¶ A sand volleyball tournament will be held at picnic area No. 7. The tournament runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Saturday

¶ A flea market will be held at 10 a.m. at the Moyer Community Services Center. Call DSN 723-3291 for more information.

¶ A Better Opportunities for Single and Unaccompanied Soldiers Tailgate Party begins at 4:30 p.m. The party will offer a Korean pepper-eating contest at 5 p.m. and an adult hula hoop contest at 5:35 p.m. “Frozen socks” — another adult game in which participants must thaw frozen socks and put them on without breaking them — will begin at 6:15 p.m. The highlight of the party, a two-hour concert by reggae artist Shaggy, begins at 7 p.m. in Collier Field House. The Shaggy concert includes material not suitable for children 18 and under. Call DSN 723-5721 for more information.

Sunday

¶ A Community Festival will be held in the area surrounding the Collier Field House from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The festival features inflatable games for children, participation games and shows, remote broadcasting by American Forces Network-Korea and 30 vendors offering products and a variety of international foods.

¶ Country recording artist Ty England will eat lunch with soldiers at the dining facility from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

¶ The LRD Band will play at noon outside Collier Field House.

¶ Ty England will sign autographs at the post exchange from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

¶ The BLUE EYZE band will play at 2 p.m. outside Collier Field House.

¶ A Korean entertainment show begins at 4 p.m. outside Collier Field House.

¶ A prize drawing for two round-trip tickets to the States will be held at 5:45 p.m. outside Collier Field House. Winner must be 18 or older and be present to win.

¶ Ty England performs at 6 p.m. outside Collier Field House; he’ll sign autographs beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Monday

¶ A 5K Fun Run begins at 8 a.m. at Collier Field House.

¶ The Blue Frog Band will play from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. outside the Collier Field House.

¶ A disc jockey will play patriotic music from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. outside the Collier Field House.

¶ The 8th U.S. Army Band will play beginning at 7:30 p.m. outside the Collier Field House.

¶ A 15-minute fireworks display begins in the Collier Field House area at 8:45 p.m. The show will feature about 1,000 bursts with 20 different patterns. The artificial turf soccer field will be closed Monday while crews set up the fireworks. Safety officials warn residents not to pick up unexploded or abandoned fireworks.

OSAN AIR BASE

Call DSN 784-5609 for more information.

Monday

¶ Liberty Fest events run from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Charlie Diamond, across from the A-10 static display near the former base post office. Lawn chairs and leashed pets are welcome.

¶ Two bands will be featured: The Hillbilly Renegade Band, made up of Osan airmen, and the Carson Downey Band, specializing in R&B music.

¶ Also scheduled are a Fear Factor contest and tricycle races with cash prizes, among other events.

¶ A fireworks display is set to start at 9 p.m. at Charlie Diamond.

KUNSAN AIR BASE

Call DSN 782-7288 for more information.

Saturday

¶ A home-run derby starts at 1 p.m. and intramural softball all-star game at 4 p.m., both at the base softball field and hosted by the Wolf Pack Fitness Center.

Sunday

¶ A three-on-three basketball tournament starts at 9 a.m. in the Wolf Pack Fitness Center.

¶ A Chiefs vs. Eagles softball game starts at 4 p.m. at the base softball field.

¶ The Devon Reeves Band and Duke Michaels Band perform at 10 p.m. at the Loring Club.

Monday

¶ A 5-kilometer fun run and walk starts at 9 a.m. at the Wolf Pack Fitness Center.

¶ The Kunsan Cardboard Boat Race begins at 11 a.m. at the base’s outdoor pool.

¶ A Fourth of July block party starts at 2 p.m. in the Loring Club parking lot. The Devon Reeves Band and Duke Michaels Band take the stage at 2:45 p.m. Korean dancers perform at 4:30 p.m. The Devon Reeves Band and Duke Michaels Band return to the stage at 5:20 p.m.

¶ A fireworks display starts at 9:30 p.m.

CHINHAE NAVAL BASE

Call Luis Rios at DSN 764-4440 for more information.

Monday

¶ A 5-kilometer fun run and 2.5-kilometer family fun walk start at 9 a.m. from the base gym.

¶ A parade starts at 11:30 a.m. from the commander’s residence.

¶ A picnic is scheduled from shortly after noon to 2 p.m.

¶ Various sports and games run from shortly after noon through the day and include football toss, dunking booth, water balloon toss, potato sack race, watermelon smash and eating contest, pie-eating contest and apple bobbing.

¶ The band Static Tempest performs at 4 p.m. and the Giggle Band performs from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

¶ A raffle is set for 7:45 p.m. and a fireworks display begins at sundown.

CAMP WALKER

Monday

¶ A 5-kilometer run and walk starts at 8 a.m. on Kelly Field.

¶ Other sporting events are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include sand pit volleyball, an 800-meter relay race and a boxing smoker.

¶ Other entertainment through the day includes inflatable games for kids, Korean wrestling, carnival games, adult tricycle races, tug-of-war, watermelon eating contest, hot pepper-eating contest, and other activities.

¶ Various bands will perform from 1 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., including ITS, a rhythm and blues group from Cleveland, and Visage Band from the Philippines.

¶ Platinum-selling reggae artist Shaggy and rapper Petey Pablo will perform at 7 p.m. on Kelly Field.

¶ A fireworks display is set for 9:30 p.m.

CAMP CARROLL

Friday

¶ An Independence Day picnic is set for 11:30 a.m. at the Community Activities Center. Call Glenn Groome at DSN 765-7230 for more information.

CAMP HIALEAH

Monday

¶ A variety of Independence Day events are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. They include a fun run, softball, beach volleyball by the pool, children’s games, and other activities. Call Gary Larose at DSN 763-7421 for more information.

CAMP HUMPHREYS

Saturday to Monday

¶ A Freedom Fest celebration runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the post exchange parking lot. Events include a one-pitch softball tournament, darts clinic, adult-child air hockey, Xbox marathon, movie marathon, karaoke, $1 miniature golf, basketball and racquetball tournaments and open bowling. Buses to the Osan Air Base fireworks display depart Camp Humphreys July 4 at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Call DSN 753-8257 for more information on each day’s events.

CAMP LONG

Sunday

¶ Fireworks at 9 p.m.

SUWON AIR BASE

Saturday

¶ Four-on-four volleyball at 1 p.m. at the gym.

Sunday

¶ A 5-kilometer run starts at 7 a.m. at the gym.

Monday

¶ Darts, softball, pool and free food, all day. Buses to the Osan Air Base fireworks display depart from the Community Activities Center at 6 p.m.

2ND INFANTRY DIVISION’S “WARRIOR COUNTRY”

All events are free.

Friday

¶ Basketball tournament at a time to be announced at the Carey Fitness Center. Call DSN 730-3424 for more information.

¶ Softball tournament at a time to be announced at the Camp Hovey Field. Call DSN 730-3424 for more information.

Saturday

¶ Basketball tournament at a time to be announced at the Carey Fitness Center. Call 730-3424 for more information.

¶ Softball tournament at a time to be announced at the Camp Hovey Field. Call DSN 730-3424 for more information.

¶ Softball tournament at the Camp Red Cloud Softball Field at a time to be announced. Call DSN 732-7248 for more information.

¶ Softball tournament at the Camp Stanley Softball Field at a time to be announced. Call DSN 732-7248 for more information.

¶ Basketball tournament at the Camp Stanley Fitness Center at a time to be announced. Call DSN 732-7248 for more information.

¶ Basketball tournament at the Camp Red Cloud Fitness Center at a time to be announced. Call DSN 732-7248 for more information.

¶ Sand volleyball tournament at the Camp Red Cloud outdoor court at a time to be announced. Call DSN 732-7248 for more information.

Sunday

¶ Basketball tournament at a time to be announced at the Carey Fitness Center. Call DSN 730-3424 for more information.

¶ Softball tournament at a time to be announced at the Camp Hovey Field. Call DSN 730-3424 for more information.

¶ The Camp Red Cloud Community Activity Center is hosting a Korean/American Friendship 9-Ball Pool Tournament at 10 a.m. at Camp Red Cloud’s Community Activity Center. Call DSN 732-6190 for more information.

¶ Morale, Welfare and Recreation is hosting a Celebrity Show featuring Shaggy and Petey Pablo at 7 p.m. at the Camp Casey Outdoor Stage. Call DSN 732-6766 for more information.

¶ Softball tournament at the Camp Red Cloud Softball Field at a time to be announced. Call DSN 732-7248 for more information.

¶ Softball tournament at the Camp Stanley Softball Field at a time to be announced. Call DSN 732-7248 for more information.

¶ Basketball tournament at the Camp Stanley Fitness Center at a time to be announced. Call DSN 732-7248 for more information.

¶ Basketball tournament at the Camp Red Cloud Fitness Center at a time to be announced. Call DSN 732-7248 for more information.

¶ Sand volleyball tournament at the Camp Red Cloud outdoor court at a time to be announced. Call DSN 732-7248 for more information.

¶ Tennis tournament at the Camp Hovey courts at a time to be announced. Call DSN 730-3424 for more information.

¶ Racquetball tournament at the Carey Fitness Center at a time to be announced. Call DSN 730-3424 for more information.

¶ Volleyball tournament at the West Casey Court at a time to be announced. Call DSN 730-3424 for more information.

Monday

¶ The Camp Casey Community Activity Center is hosting a July Fourth celebration at the Camp Casey Community Activity Center starting at noon. Call DSN 730-4853 for more information.

¶ Basketball tournament at a time to be announced at the Carey Fitness Center. Call DSN 730-3424 for more information.

¶ Softball tournament at a time to be announced at the Camp Hovey Field. Call DSN 730-3424 for more information.

¶ United Service Organizations is hosting a concert starting at 7 p.m. by country recording artist Ty England, followed by fireworks at 9 p.m. at the Camp Casey Outdoor Stage. Call DSN 732-6766 for information.

¶ Softball tournament at the Camp Red Cloud Softball Field at a time to be announced. Call DSN 732-7248 for more information.

¶ Softball tournament at the Camp Stanley softball field at a time to be announced. Call DSN 732-7248 for more information.

¶ Basketball tournament at the Camp Stanley Fitness Center at a time to be announced. Call DSN 732-7248 for more information.

¶ Basketball tournament at the Camp Red Cloud Fitness Center at a time to be announced. Call DSN 732-7248 for more information.

¶ Sand volleyball tournament at the Camp Red Cloud outdoor court at a time to be announced. Call DSN 732-7248 for more information.

¶ Tennis tournament at the Camp Hovey courts at a time to be announced. Call DSN 730-3424 for more information.

¶ Racquetball tournament at the Carey Fitness Center at a time to be announced. Call DSN 730-3424 for more information.

¶ Volleyball tournament at the West Casey Court at a time to be announced. Call DSN 730-3424 for more information.

¶ Biathlon (15-kilometer cycling and 5-kilometer run) starts at 7:30 a.m. in front of Camp Red Cloud’s Mitchell’s Club. Call DSN 732-6309 for more information.

¶ Five-kilometer fun run starts at 9 a.m. in front of Camp Red Cloud’s Mitchell’s Club. Call DSN 732-6309 for more information.

¶ Independence Day Swim Contest from 10 a.m. at the Camp Red Cloud Indoor Pool. Call DSN 732-7248 for more information.

¶ Independence Day Swim Contest from 10 am at the Camp Stanley Indoor Pool. Call DSN 732-7248 for more information.

¶ Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers is hosting a block party at a time to be announced at the Camp Stanley Community Activity Center. Call DSN 732-5367.

Okinawa

Marek Park, 3 to 9 p.m. Monday: Old Fashioned Celebration including free watermelon; races and challenges including an egg spoon race, sack race, limbo competition, water balloon toss and a chicken dance contest. Disc jockey and dance groups will provide entertainment; winners will be announced in the Colossal Cookie challenge. Winners also will be selected for the WAVE 89 Fourth of July Scavenger Hunt and the Ashibinaa Mall Shopping contest. Celebration to end with fireworks. The rain date is July 5, starting at 4:30 p.m.

Okuma Recreation Area, Friday-Monday: The resort will celebrate the holiday weekend with food, entertainment, games and a fireworks display.

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