As with so many other celebrations this year, Independence Day will pass relatively quietly on Guam.
So far, the only large celebrations planned are on the Naval Base.
Morale, Welfare, and Recreation is lighting up the NBG skies with the “Let Freedom Ring” fireworks display starting at 8 pm Friday.
They’re being set off from Clipper Landing Park but you will need base access to watch the display.
MWR will follow that with an Independence Day Motorcade Parade on Saturday through the base and housing areas.
GovGuam canceled their annual fireworks display but it wasn’t just COVID-precautions driving that decision.
Sinajana Mayor Robert Hofmann said: “We don’t feel right using government money. People are hurting right now and if we spend any money on fireworks, people are going to be like ‘really’? There are still people out there that are hungry, there are still people who have lost their jobs. So, dedicating any type of government resources, tax money, is beyond question … it’s a no. So if there are private donors, we’ll help organize it but so far, even the private businesses who took a big hit, they haven’t stepped up to the plate at all.”
Mayor Hofmann also reiterated that the July 21st Liberation Day festivities — including the fireworks, parade, and carnival — are all canceled as well.