SCHOFIELDAca,!E+BARRACKS, Hawaii - Soldiers, civilians and families are invited to a myriad of activities as U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii and the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation honor and celebrate America's Independence Day, here, July 4.

Adults can start earning all the great Fourth of July food they'll eat later with a 5K run at 9 a.m., around Sills Field, here. Cost is $15 to enter and includes a T-shirt.

At 10 a.m., children 12 years and younger have the opportunity to burn off excess energy in a 1-mile Fun Run. All finishers will receive a ribbon and may purchase a T-shirt for $10. Call 655-9650 for information on both of the races.

Games and Midway rides and food booths will be open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., on Sills Field. Tickets are required for games, rides and food purchases.

One highlighted exhibit that families will not want to miss is the Military Working Dogs Demonstration at 11:30 a.m. The Crafts and New Products Bazaar will open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and pony rides will be available from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

The FMWR Stage will open at 12 p.m. with Kazoo Fun. The 25th Infantry Division Lightning Jazz Project will play from 1-2 p.m., when Attitude, a Top-40 variety band will start.

Attendees are encouraged to stick around for Show of Force, a rock band that will play at 3 p.m. At 3:45 p.m., grab the family and head on over to the Tony Group Autoplex Main Stage to hear the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers' Battle of the Band winner, Delayed Resistance, a band comprised of teenage military family members.

The official flag retreat will be at 5:25 p.m., five minutes before Smash Mouth will take the main stage.

Video recording of the Smash Mouth concert is prohibited.

At 7:30 p.m., the 25th ID Band will play the "1812 Overture" and a 50-state patriotic salute and concert.

Then it will be time for the grand finale and an event synonymous with Fourth of July celebrations: fireworks.

Fireworks will start at 8:30 p.m., from the Commissary parking lot. They're the day's main event. Personal fireworks are prohibited on post, including sparklers.

Revelers are invited to attend an after-party featuring Flux Capacitor when the fireworks show concludes.

Celebrators are also reminded that no pets are allowed on Sills Field during any of the day's events. No open flames or charcoal cooking is permitted, except in picnic areas on post.

Be aware, too, that portions of Trimble Road will be closed throughout the day.

Schofield residents are encouraged to walk to the day's events due to the lack of parking available around Sills Field.

For more information, visit <a href="http://www.mwrarmyhawaii.com">www.mwrarmyhawaii.com</a>.

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