Japan(Click here to jump ahead to South Korea list)
Following are some of the Fourth of July events scheduled at bases around mainland Japan:
Yokosuka Naval Base
Independence Day in a Country Fair Setting: July 4, 4-8 p.m. at Biggs Bay. This family event will include a Kid’s Zone game booths, air toys, face painting, temporary tattoos and a petting zoo.
Contests include tricycle races, horseshoe challenge, two-on-two sand volleyball and a golf challenge. Advance tickets for the Kid’s Zone activities are on sale at the ITT Office until Tuesday. For more information, call 243-4731.
Fireworks: Viewing will be at Kosano Park.
Naval Air Facility Atsugi
Firecracker 5K Run: July 4 at the Halsey Gym. Sign-up begins at 6 a.m. and the race begins at 7.
Softball tournament: July 4 for ages 18 and up. Sign-up through Friday at Halsey Gym. For more information, call 264-3560.
Chili cook-off: Reid Field at 3:45 p.m. Participants should bring their best pot of chili for competition and prizes.
Other events: A Sumo “Smackdown,” tug-of-war, and entertainment from the Zen Tribute Band and the Van Halen Tribute Band. There will be a fireworks display at 7:45 p.m.
Call MWR Community Activities at 264-3782 for more information.
Misawa Air Base
Freedom Fest: July 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Collocated Club Complex. Free food will include barbecue chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans, hot dogs and hamburgers.
The day’s events include face-painting, pony rides, a bouncy castle, clowns and various contests, prizes and giveaways. Play coverall bingo for a chance to win a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Another contest is the Mokuteki NasCart 500 race at 11 a.m. Contestants will build their own NasCart racing cart out of cardboard and a shopping cart. Material will be provided. Registration forms, available at Mokuteki Community Center, must be turned in by Saturday. Call DSN 226-4128 for more information about the car event. For more information, call 229-9512.
Fireworks display: July 4 at the base beach, weather permitting. Time to be announced.
Rock concert at the Collocated Club: Doors open for The Niki Barr Band show at 7 p.m.; concert starts at 8. The show is free and open to all ranks, ages 18 and up. Call DSN 229-9512 for more information.
Commissary and Weasel’s Den: The commissary will be open July 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All services will be available. The Weasel’s Den will be closed July 4. Normal hours will resume July 5.
Sasebo Naval Base
“Spark-tacular”: July 4 from 3 to 9 p.m. in Nimitz Park. The event features carnival games, air toys, USO Sasebo Idol Finals, American food, educational displays, competitions and live entertainment.
The band Three Days Grace will take the stage at 7:15 p.m. and a fireworks display will start at 8:45. No large bags, backpacks, coolers, outside alcohol or pets will be allowed in the park. All bags will be subject to search. Nimitz Park will be closed to vehicles. For more information, call 252-8963 or 252-8845.
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
“Hometown Independence Day” celebration: July 4 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Penny Lake. There will be a barbecue, inflatable toys for the kids and pie-eating, watermelon-eating and “best red, white and blue outfit” contests for prizes. From 4 to 8:30 p.m., the band Maren will perform. A fireworks display will start at 8:30.
Yokota Air Base
Scavenger hunt: At the Taiyo Recreation Center with a top prize of $1,000 in Services Bucks. Teams must pick up the scavenger hunt list on July 3 at the Taiyo between 3 and 7 p.m. For more information call 225-6955.
Firecracker 5K race: 7 a.m. at Yokota Field.
Leaky Kon-Tiki cardboard boat race: At the natatorium, teams will build cardboard boats which two team members must attempt to paddle across the finish line in the fastest time possible. Teams must register by Monday. For more information call 225-6133.
Goofy Golf: At the Par Three Golf Course. Tee off between 8 a.m. and noon. Participants can carry only two clubs on the course and must tee off with their putter. Call 225-8815 for more information.
Celebrate America Event at Hangar 15:
At 9 a.m. there will be a barbecue cook-off. Competitors must register at the Taiyo by Monday.
From 2 to 5 p.m. there will be a three-point basketball shootout. Competitors must register at the fitness center by Tuesday.
The event will also have hot-air balloon rides, go-karts, a petting zoo, pony rides, performances by the Air Force band Pacific Trends and a fireworks finale. Doors open at 2 p.m. Admission is free.
Camp Zama Independence Day celebration: Will take place on Tuesday at Dewey Park from 11:30 a.m. until midnight. Live bands will perform all day, while teams compete in a variety of events including horseshoes, volleyball and a tug-of-war in hopes of winning the Independence Cup. Other events include a fishing derby beginning at 11:30, canoeing and fireworks. For more information call 263-5712.
South KoreaCamp Red Cloud
July 6 — Nina Sky with Adassa and Second Nature will perform at the Mitchell’s parking lot at 7 p.m.
July 4 — The Yongsan Garrison Independence Day celebration will start at noon in front of Collier Field House. The event will include concerts, games, a tae kwon do demonstration and fireworks. The headline entertainment will be a performance by Chris Cagle at 6 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:50 p.m.
July 7 — Nina Sky with Adassa and Second Nature will perform at the Main Post Club parking lot at 8 p.m.
July 1 — Chris Cagle will perform at Gateway Park at 8 p.m.
July 3 — Crossfade will perform at the Camp Hovey Community Activity Center parking lot at 8 p.m.
July 4 — A huge block party is planned from noon until 11 p.m. It will include Korean cultural demonstrations, games, concerts, carnival rides, horseback rides, music accompanied by cannon fire and fireworks. Highlights include Korean dynasty warrior horseback performances at 4:15 and 8 p.m. in which horseback riders in Korean dynasty-era costumes fire arrows into targets while riding at top speed. The headline entertainment will be a performance by T-Pain and Lloyd Banks at 7 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:50 p.m.
July 8 — Nina Sky with Adassa and Second Nature will perform at Gateway Park at 8 p.m.
Osan Air Base
July 4 — Osan Air Base will host Liberty Fest from 4 to 9 p.m. at the C Diamond area of the flight line. The event will feature live entertainment, static displays, children’s activities, food, a K-9 demonstration and fireworks. Free shuttles will pick up and drop off participants at the commissary, the Challenger Club, Checkertail’s and C Diamond. In the event of inclement weather, the celebration will take place at the Officers Club.
July 1 — Crossfade will perform at the Camp Humphreys Community Activity Center at 7 p.m.
July 3 — Nina Sky with Adassa and Second Nature will perform at the Community Activity Center at 7 p.m.
July 4 — Camp Humphreys, Suwon and Wonju will offer free shuttle buses to Osan Air Base’s Liberty Fest. Those wishing to use this service must pre-register at their installation’s Community Activity Center.
July 3 — Chris Cagle will perform at Kelly Field at 7 p.m.
July 4 — Nina Sky with Adassa and Second Nature will perform at the Kelly Field at 4 p.m. Crossfade will perform at Kelly Gym at 7 p.m.