Celebrate America 2018

Celebrate our great nation’s independence and togetherness with gourmet food, live music and a plethora of entertainment as 374 FSS puts on a great festival at the Samurai Training Grounds.

LOCATION: Samurai Training Grounds

TIME: 2-10 p.m.

Schedule of Events

  • Firecracker 5K • 7:30 a.m. • Yokota Field, East Side
  • Goofy Golf • 8 a.m. • Par 3
  • Leaky Kon-Tiki* • 8 a.m. • Natatorium
  • Cookie Contest* • 2 p.m. • Samurai Training Grounds
  • Main event kicks-off  • 2 p.m. • Samurai Training Grounds
  • Car Show* • 2-6 p.m.
  • Sand Volleyball* •  1 p.m. • Samurai Fitness Center
  • Water Balloon Toss • 5:15 p.m. • Samurai Training Grounds
  • Winners Announced • 6 p.m. • Samurai Training Grounds
  • Live Performance by Vertical Horizon • 6:30 p.m. • Samurai Training Grounds
  • Fireworks • 8 p.m.
  • Live Performance by FUEL • 8:30 p.m. • Samurai Training Grounds

*Sign up by 30 Jun

**Schedule subject to change without notice.

***No pets or outside food/beverages allowed.

****This is an alternate duty location


  • Inflatable Zip Line
  • Car Show
  • Festival Game Booths
  • Bouncy Castles
  • Ceramic Painting Area
  • Food Booths
  • Go Karts for Kids
  • Petting Zoo
  • Pony Rides
  • Balloon artists
  • Face Painting
  • BMX/Skate Board Demo
  • DJ/Live Band
  • Marketing Booth Giveaways – Raffle Prizes, Kids Contest, Social Media giveaways

Event Map

Cookie Contest

Preregister by 30 June 2018
Koji Murata
Sign up: Yujo Community Center Front Desk
DSN: 225-7713


  • Holiday or Special Occasion
  • Healthy Cookies
  • Bar None

Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places all categories

Goofy Golf

1. Rules:

  • No pre-registration necessary.
  • Tennis ball will be used.
  • Only two clubs may be carried on the course. A putter counts as one club.
  • The putter must be used on all tee-offs!
  • All players must use tennis balls provided by the 374 FSS course official.
  • No “give-me-putts” allowed. All putts must be made into the hole.
  • Maximum score of 10 on any hole- once player reaches this number of strokes on a hole- please pick up.
  • Lost or damaged balls count as a stroke.

2. Tournament Times:

Tee-off any time between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. Persons teeing off after 12 p.m. are not eligible to win prizes.

3. Blind-Draw Format:

At the end of the tournament sign-up, scorecards will be entered into a box, randomly drawn and matched into pairs. Drawings are done by the 374 FSS Goofy Golf Tournament Director.

4. Scoring Requirements:

Each player records their own score; scores must be verified by a fellow golfer. Minimum of two players must play to attest scores. No solo contestants.

5. Categories:

Players must declare category on scorecard before 1st Tee.

  • Adult Male and Child
  • Adult Female and Child

Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category.

POC: Par 3
Phone: 224-3426

Leaky Kon Tiki


Rules of Engagement


8 a.m. Check-in and issue supplies

8:30-10:00 a.m. Build and construct

10:00-10:30a.m. Clean up and “Best in Show Judging

10:30 a.m. Races Begin

The contest is limited to the first 20 teams that register by 7:00 pm on 2 July 2018.

Walk-ins will be granted from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. if there is space available.

Constructing your Boat

  • All teams are provided 4 cardboard sheets and 2 rolls of duct tape. A box cutter is provided — you are able to bring more cutting tools. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • Teams may consist of as many team members as needed, but a minimum of two members in the specific age category is to race.
  • The entire hull, superstructure, and seating area must be made of cardboard.
  • All teams MUST wait to begin construction until the Natatorium staff has sounded the starting whistle. When the Natatorium staff signals to stop construction, by a whistle sound, the teams must immediately stop all activity in building and decorating.
  • “Best In Show” will be judged upon the basic design, construction, and decorations to the theme, ‘Celebrate America!” once construction has been completed.
  • For decorations: No glitter, paint, crayon, or hot glue. Possible decorations will include ribbons or flags, color with marker, for adhesion scotch tape and glue stick is acceptable.

The Race

  • The winner of the race is determined by best finishing time: start to finish after all heats have completed. If all teams sink, the furthest distance traveled will win.
  • If any member of the boat or poolside push off at the start of the race, your team will be disqualified.
  • All occupants of a boat MUST properly wear a life jacket.
  • Canoe paddles will be provided, no fins or hand paddles allowed.
  • The race will start at the deep end of the pool with each team lined up at a designated spot. Once the start whistle sounds, the two racing team members will place the boat in the water and begin to race.
* 12 & Under
* 13-17
* Open Age
* Best In Show

Car Show

  • Categories:
    • Classic Car
    • Dirtiest Car
    • Cleanest Car
    • Accessories
    • Best Bike
    • Best of Show
  • Schedule of Events:
    • 12-2 p.m. • Check-in
    • 2-4 p.m. • Judging
    • 6 p.m. • Winner Announcement
Limited lots available, sign up in advance at the Auto Hobby Shop.

3 Jul • A&FRC • 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
3 Jul • Arts & Crafts • 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
3 Jul • Auto Hobby Shop • 8 a.m. – 1 p.m
3 Jul • Civilian Personel Office • 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
3 Jul • Enlisted Club • Normal hours – No lunch buffet
3 Jul • Education Center • 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
3 Jul • ITT • Closed
3 Jul • Marketing & Publicity • Closed
3 Jul • Military Personel Flight • 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
3 Jul • NAF Accounting Office • Closed
3 Jul • Officers’ Club • Closed
3 Jul • Outdoor Recreation • 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
3 Jul • Post Office • Closed
3 Jul • Taiyo Community Center • Closed
3 Jul • Youth Programs • Closed
3 Jul • Yujo Community Center • Closed

Celebrate America By: Taylor Stewart

Every year, the 374th Force Support Squadron organizes an annual Independence Day celebration which hosts a plethora of activities and entertainment. Thousands of people gather on Samurai Training Grounds to compete in a multitude of contests, eat delicious food, and for the chance to win big prizes!

This year, Independence Day kicks off early with the Firecracker 5k fun run at Yokota Field. For non-runners who still crave a challenge, Celebrate America offers Goofy Golf competition at Par 3 (golfers use tennis balls instead of golf balls!) and the Leaky Kon-Tiki contest at the Natatorium, which encourages families to build cardboard rafts both practical and stylish with the ultimate goal of making it to the finish line first.

Yokota residents whose talents are in the kitchen are encouraged to compete in the Cookie Contest. Celebrants can also flaunt their classic or sports cars at the car show or demonstrate their volleyball or dodgeball skills at the Samurai Fitness Center. Prizes are awarded for the top three contestants of each competition.

Celebrate America proves just as fun for kids as it does for adults – featuring an inflatable zip line, bouncy castles, a petting zoo, pony rides, face painters and caricaturists. Don’t forget to take an adorable photo-op with Japanese mascots roaming throughout the festival.

The entertainment lineup caters to music lovers and athletes alike: the PACAF band, local musicians, and Taiko drummers share the stage with a Zumba demonstration, gymnastics performance, and samurai-ninja

show. There will also be an awe-inspiring BMX board demonstration.

In addition to a plethora of entertainment and activities, festival-goers can also choose from a multitude of delicious American and Japanese cuisine ranging from barbecue and hot dogs to kebabs and curry!

Not only is Fourth of July rife with activities, but giveaways include a whopping $500 cash prize and a pair of round-trip plane tickets to anywhere back stateside. Giveaway winners and victors of the daytime competitions will be announced at 6 p.m., followed by performances from rock bands Vertical Horizon and FUEL. The Independence Day celebration will end with fireworks bursting in the air, magically lighting the night sky for everyone to enjoy.