Pearl Harbor Day – December 7 – promises to be a special one. This year marks the 75 anniversary of the Japanese attack on the harbor – the infamous “date that will live in infamy.” It’s a time to remember those who sacrificed their lives and honor those survivors who risked everything to defend their country.
If you’re planning on attending any of the events going on at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 2016, there are a few things you’ll need to know before you arrive. Check out our visitors guide and make sure you’re ready for the big day.
Visitor turnout Is expected to be extremely high this Pearl Harbor Day. If you’re going to attend on of the day’s events, arrive early. The doors open at 7 a.m. so be sure to set your alarm clock the night before.
As Pearl Harbor is still an active military base, security is a high priority. Therefore, bags – purses, camera bags, diaper bags – are not allowed on the base. While there are lockers available for rent, you will not be allowed to take your bag to the visitors center or any of the memorials, and you won’t want to keep running back to the lockers every time you need something.
Before coming to the harbor, plan ahead. Make sure everyone in your group has an ID card (you will need this to get into the park). Consolidate your items so everything fits in your pockets. Don’t worry about carrying sunscreen or water bottles, and bring either a camera or your cell phone if you want to take pictures.
Even in December, the Hawaiian sun heats up. Most of the Pearl Harbor Day events will be held outside. Nothing will ruin your day faster than a painful sunburn so before you leave your hotel, make sure you lather up.
Though you can’t bring sunscreen into the park, you can wear protective clothing to keep your skin safe from the sun;s harmful rays. Remember to wear a hat and sun glasses. Cotton is light and airy so it will allow your skin to breathe. Wear a cotton t-shirt to help you stay cool.
Slip on Comfy Shoes
No matter which event you’re attending, you will probably be doing either a lot of standing, walking or both. Some events are held farther from the main entrance to the park than others so to stay comfortable all day, wear socks and sneakers.
They may not look fashionable, but socks and sneakers will keep your feet comfortable as you move around the park. You’ll be able to enjoy the events without worrying about how much you’re walking or standing. Socks and sneakers will also help you avoid painful blisters at the end of the day.
This Pearl Harbor Day promises to be a celebration and remembrance unlike any other. We don’t want you to miss a minute of the action so be sure to read through this visitors guide before you arrive. Follow these guidelines and you’ll spend less time worrying and more time enjoying yourself.