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About 2,500 people celebrated Independence Day with food, contests, games and other amusements at the Great American Bash at Marek Park on Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. An estimated crowd of 4,000 watched the fireworks display later in the evening.

Kaylee Rosenbach, 8, flips through the air on the bungy trampoline at the Great American Bash at Marek Park on Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, on Tuesday.

Trinity Lecuyer, 5, flips through the air on the bungy trampoline at the Great American Bash at Marek Park on Kadena Air Base on Tuesday.

Szaja Warnack, 7, takes the first bite of watermelon as her father, Marine Sgt. Jacob Warnack, 28, urges her on during the watermelon eating contest at the Great American Bash at Marek Park on Kadena Air Base on Tuesday. About 40 people participated in the contest and were split into four teams of 10. The Warnacks’ team won.

Flour covers the face of Air Force Staff Sgt. Corey Coleman, 29, an air base firefighter from Kansas City, Mo., as he struggles to blow a bubble from gum coated in flour at the Great American Bash at Marek Park at Kadena Air Base on Tuesday. Coleman was competing in the bubblegum contest in which players had to grab a piece of gum from a flour-filled plate without using their hands and then be the first to blow a bubble.

An estimated 4,000 people watch the fireworks display at Marek Park on Kadena Air Base on Tuesday. The fireworks were the culminating event of the Great American Bash to celebrate the 4th of July.

U.S. servicemembers and their families watch the fireworks display at Marek Park on Kadena Air Base on Tuesday.


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