Bases in Japan have a variety of festivities planned to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Misawa Air Base
The July 4 Freedom Fest will have free food and activities, including carnival games, electric car rides, pony rides and a ring toss. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the base’s collocated club.
During the festival, teams can try NasCART, where they’ll construct a vehicle with cardboard and a shopping cart and race it around the parking lot. Prizes will be awarded to first through third place and for best decorated and best dressed teams.
A fireworks demonstration starts on the base beach at 8 p.m. The beach will be closed to vehicles after 4 p.m. Base shuttles will provide free transportation to and from the beach between 6 and 9:30 p.m.
Rain date for the fireworks is July 5.
Call DSN 226-9272 for more information.
Yokota Air Base
Yokota’s Fourth of July holiday will begin at 6:30 a.m. with the Firecracker 5K run.
Other events will take place throughout the day, with the main celebration — featuring free food, live music, games and other attractions — starting at 3 p.m. in Hangar 15.
The fireworks show outside Hangar 15 will start at 8:40 p.m.
Marine Corps Community Services is having a July 4 barbecue for all SOFA-status personnel from noon to 3 p.m. at the Roadhouse. Call DSN 224-8624 for more details.
Morale, Welfare and Recreation is hosting an Independence Day festival from 3 to 9 p.m. at Dewey Park on July 4. The event features free food, races, games, music, sports, entertainment and fireworks. For more information, call DSN 263-3479/8892.
Sasebo Naval Base
The base’s main Independence Day celebration will be July 6 at Nimitz Park. The event will run from 1 to 9:30 p.m. and include food, music, sports and prize drawings. The celebration will culminate with a fireworks show scheduled for 9:10 p.m.
On July 4, the main base will host a block party around Galaxies from 3 to 10 p.m. That event will include a strong-man competition, jalapeno pepper-eating contest, free food and music.
A free movie, concessions and air toys will be offered at the Hario ball field. The feature, "Bee Movie," will begin at sunset.
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
Iwakuni will put on a fireworks celebration at 8:30 p.m. July 4 at Penny Lake.
The base is also holding an all-weekend, all-ranks Fourth of July bash at Club Iwakuni. The party begins each night at 8 p.m. and will feature the band Road Rage on Friday.
Yokosuka Naval Base
The Independence Day Celebration will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. July 4 at Kosano Park.
Activities include air toys, game booths, and food and entertainment. There also will be a special "Kids Zone" from 4 to 6 p.m. with a petting zoo and games. Entertainment starts at 4 p.m. with the Dandy Go juggler on the Kids Zone stage. Eagles tribute band Hotel California will play the main stage from 5 to 5:50 p.m. Fleetwood Mac tribute band Fleetwood Dreams plays from 6:20 to 7 p.m., and a Madonna tribute artist will play from 7 to 7:50 p.m.
Fireworks starts at 8 p.m. with the best view from Berkey Field. The Captain’s Cup Firecracker 5k will be held at 8:30 a.m. in front of Yokosuka’s Thew Gym.
To register and for more details, call DSN 241-4486.
The three-day Intramural One-Pitch Softball Tournament kicks off at 9 a.m. Teams must be registered by July 2 at the Adult Sport Office. Call 241-2955 for more information.
Pool parties will be held at Green Beach, Ikego and Negishi swimming pools with barbecues and games from noon to 3 p.m.