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Liberation Day grounds re-open July 17; parade on July 21

(Press Release) — Following its cancellation earlier this month due to inclement weather, the 2018 Liberation Day festivities will resume at Garapan Fishing Base in Saipan from July 17 to 21, 2018. 

The festivities, presented by the Saipan Mayor’s Office and the 2018 Liberation Day Committee, will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. nightly, closing at 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

“After looking at our financials, we agreed we can reopen the grounds and reschedule the parade for the community,” said 2018 Liberation Day Committee Chairman Joe E. Ayuyu, Jr.  “We’re very happy to be able to do so, and we invite the community to come out show us that we made the right decision.  In our communication with our service vendors, food vendors, parade participants, sponsors, and government partners, we are getting a lot of support to make the reopening a success.  We hope everyone will put this year’s celebration on their evening calendar for this week.”

The entertainment lineup for Tuesday, July 17, will include Uraalii Carolinian dance group at 7 p.m., Guma Simiyan Mananaita Chamorro dance group at 7:50 p.m., Saipan Music & Dance Studio at 8:25 p.m., Nien Hotte at 9 p.m., and Tattoo at 9:30 p.m.

On July 21, the Liberation Day parade will be held at 3 p.m., the $10,000 grand prize raffle will be at 9 p.m., and fireworks will be held at Garapan Fishing Base at 10 p.m.

 The celebration will include bingo and other games.  Trivia giveaways will also be added this year.  This year’s Liberation Day theme is “Sea to Shining Sea,” celebrating the International Year of the Coral Reef and the islands’ oceanic heritage and cultures. 

Title sponsors this year are: Marianas Visitors Authority, Imperial Pacific International, Skywalker Group, Ana. Corp., McDonald’s of Saipan, Tournament of Champions, IT&E/IP&E, Triple J Ent., Marianas Variety, Tan Holdings Corp., Hyatt Regency Saipan, The Shack, MATSON, Coca-cola/Foremost, and Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation.

Additional sponsors include Bridge Capital, LLC., J.C. Tenorio Ent., Korean Community of Saipan, VaprSpot, P.D.I., Bank of Guam, DOCOMO Pacific, Roil Soil, Chong’s Corp., Saipan Travel, Saipan Ice and Water Co., Saipan Shipping Company, I Love Saipan, Pacific Islands Club Saipan, Bank of Hawaii, Cha. Coral Ocean Golf Resort, Mariana Resort & Spa, KKMP, KCNM-KZMI, G4S, Spicy Thai, MyCapitures, Bank of Saipan, Atkins Kroll, Joeten Superstore, Bank of Saipan, Aqua Resort Club, Athlete’s Foot, Joeten Supermarket, AA Enterprises; Bank Pacific, Kensington Hotel Saipan, Moylan’s Insurance, Fiesta Resort & Spa, Saipan World Resort, Kanoa Resort, Borderline, American President Lines, Island Apparel, Atkins Kroll, AON Insurance, Calvo’s Insurance, Delta Management Corp., First Hawaiian Bank, Hard Rock Café Saipan, Java Joe’s, Saipan Stevedore, Saipan World Resort, Take Care Insurance, LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort, Kingfisher Golf Links, All-Star Sporting Goods, Joeten Motors, and the Commonwealth Council for Arts & Culture.

Supporters include CNMI Office of the Governor, Commonwealth Utilities Corp., Department of Fire & Emergency Medical Services, Department of Public Safety, Division of Sanitation, Alcoholic Beverage & Tobacco Control, Bureau of Environment Health, Hotel Assocition. of the Northern Mariana Islands, Hawaiian Rock Products, Herman’s Modern Bakery, IP&E, Aon Insurance, Marianas Institute of Filipino CPAs and Accountants, Department of Public Lands.

For more information, visit www.saipanmayor.net or www.facebook.com/CNMILiberationDay, or call the Office of the Mayor of Saipan at 234-6208.