Summer just wouldn’t be summer on Guam without the island’s signature yearly carnival and night market.
Since the Guam Summer Carnival and Night Market kicked off on July 2 this year, the 73rd annual events will last throughout the summer until August 8.
Throughout the period, the summer festival and night market are open nightly until as late as midnight on weekends and holidays. The carnival features many vendors offering various games, foods and carnival rides at the Tiyan Carnival Grounds in Barrigada. There is no admission fee.
A wide variety of foods, desserts, treats, sweets and delicacies are always available. In past celebrations, entertainment has included a casino, bingo, caricature painting, novelties, kids’ and adult rides as well as a rock-wall, agricultural displays, trampoline, off-roading, balloons, arts and crafts, paintball, a zip line and various nightly shows.
The Guam Summer Carnival and Night Market commemorate the U.S. military liberating the island from Japanese occupation on July 21, 1944, and is organized by the Guam Liberation Historical Society and the Mayors’ Council of Guam every year. Festivities culminate in the annual July 21 Liberation Day Parade, which the groups also organize.
The carnival generates revenue from concession fees which is used to help offset the costs of memorials, prayer services, fireworks, special events and the annual parade – the largest island-wide event on Liberation Day.
Liberation Day is the island’s most important holiday aside from Discovery Day (the first Monday in March).
This year’s theme for celebration is “Strength in Unity” (Chamorro Translation: Manmetgot gi Dinanña’).
The principle of the theme is the primary basis of peace and happiness of a society and a nation. Unity brings greater safety and security. This is the history of the formation of all nations, according to the Mayors’ Council of Guam.
Throughout its 73-year history, these two-month-long night events seem to have taken on the revitalization of their own as an important summer attraction.
73rd Liberation Memorial & Ceremonies
Jul 2, 3 p.m. Manenggon Memorial Ceremony Manenggon Memorial
Jul 4, 6 p.m. Liberation Queen Coronation Liberation Carnival Main Stage
Jul 14, 1 p.m. Asan Landing Memorial Ceremony Asan Memorial Beach Park
Jul 15, 8 a.m. Faha and Tinta Visitation Faha and Tinta Sites, Merizo
Jul 16, TBD Faha and Tinta Memorial Ceremony TBD
Jul 19, 8 a.m. Fena Cave Visitation Old Agat Cemetery
Jul 19, 10 a.m. Fena Memorial Ceremony Old Agat Cemetery
Jul 20, 11 a.m. Sumay Cemetery Mass Contact Santa Rita Mayor’s Office
Jul 21, 6:30 a.m. Raider 21 Memorial Ceremony Raider 21 Memorial, Adelup
Aug 8, 9 a.m. Chaguian Memorial Ceremony Chaguian, Yigo