Haidee V Eugenio Pacific Daily News
Published 1:53 AM EDT Jul 11, 2019
Before planning further on pitching a tent or firing up that barbecue grill for the 75th Liberation Day Parade, you first have to get a permit this Friday to enable you to score the best camping spot. Or join the parade itself.
Department of Parks and Recreation Director Richard Ybanez said about 100 permits will be issued starting 8 a.m. Friday at the department’s office at the Paseo Stadium.
This year’s July 21 Liberation Day Parade is expected to be bigger and longer, with at least 52 parade entries as of Monday, which is more than last year, according to the office of the Agana Heights mayor, chairman of this year’s parade committee.
July 21 marks the 75th anniversary of Guam’s liberation from Japanese occupation during World War II.
‘First come, first-serve’
Camping permits along Marine Corps Drive in Hagåtña for the Liberation Day parade will be issued starting at 8 a.m. on July 12 at the Paseo Stadium Building.
In previous years, people lined up for permits long before 8 a.m. Applicants are asked to enter through the Paseo court gate.
Both sides of the street will be permitted, as with last year’s parade — from KFC to Bank of Hawaii on the northbound lane, and from the Guam Waterworks Authority treatment plant to Pavilion 3 parking lot on the southbound lane.
Reservations will be handled on a first-come, first-serve basis, the department said.
The fee is $50 per space, payable upon registration.
Only one permit will be issued per adult applicant, after showing proof of valid picture identification.
Parks and Rec will also be issuing temporary vendor permits for the parade.
To secure this permit, vendors must provide a copy of their business license, health certificate, and a $100 fee if they are a for-profit organization or $50 if they are a non-profit organization.
Permit fees are nonrefundable, the department said.
Refundable $75 cleaning deposit fee
Each permit applicant will also be required to make a $75 cleaning deposit fee, which will be refunded, provided that all trash is removed and there are no damages to the park area.
Permit holders also have to surrender the original cleaning deposit receipt and proof of identification.
Cash or check payable to the Treasurer of Guam is required for this deposit fee.
For safety and sanitary reasons, campers will be allowed to set up their tents starting at 12 noon on Saturday, July 20.
They must also vacate the area no later than 12 a.m. on Monday, July 22.
“Vehicles must be removed before 5 a.m. Sunday morning on the West Agana Beach side or your deposit will be forfeited,” according to Parks and Rec, which will enforce these regulations, along with the TPPO officers and the Guam Police Department.
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