Finishing touches are underway for the opening of the Liberation Day grounds at Garapan Fishing Base this Friday, June 29.
The festivities will kick off at 6pm with brief remarks by Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang, Liberation Day Committee president Louis Rodgers, and 2018 Liberation Day Committee chair Joe E. Ayuyu Jr.; and the introduction of this year’s Royal Court.
The festivities, presented by the mayor’s office and the 2018 Liberation Day Committee, will be held through July 7, 2018, from 6pm to 10pm (closing at 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays). The celebration will include food and drink sales, live entertainment, games, bingo, arts and craft sales, and more. 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.
Over 50 marching units and floats have signed up for the Liberation Day parade on July 4 at 3pm. The parade will start at National Office Supply and proceed along Beach Road to the festival grounds. Cash prizes will be awarded to the best floats: $4,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place, $2,000 forthird place, and $1,000 for fourth place.
Title sponsors this year are the Marianas Visitors Authority, Imperial Pacific International LLC., Skywalker Group, Ana. Corp., McDonald’s of Saipan, Tournament of Champions, IT&E/IP&E, Triple J Ent., Marianas Variety, TanHoldings 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 Co., I Love Saipan, Pacific Islands Club Saipan, Bank of Hawaii, 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., Dept. of Fire & Emergency Services, Dept. of Public Safety, Div. of Sanitation, Alcoholic Beverage & Tobacco Control, Bureau of Environment Health, Hotel Asso. of the Northern Mariana Islands, Hawaiian Rock Products, Herman’s Modern Bakery, IP&E, Aon Insurance, Marianas Institute of Filipino CPAs and Accountants, Dept. 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 670.234.6208. (PR)