All of the info for Sigonella's annual Red White & BOOM celebration will be here!



Q: As a base employee, how many guests can I bring to Red, White, and Boom?
A: All adult U.S. ID card holders are allowed to sponsor up to five (5) guests who do not have Department of Defense (DOD) Identification. In addition, base employees (both U.S. and Local National) are also extended authorization to sponsor up to five (5) guests who do not have DOD Identification. Sponsors should personally know the guests they are bringing to the Red, White, and Boom event. Base employees should never agree to sponsor people they don't know well.
Q: How do I gain access to the base?
A: DOD cardholders may use the Main Gate. Guests and their sponsors must enter via the Annex Gate beginning at 1700 and bring valid photo identification. Any guest who does not provide photo identification will not be allowed access to the event. 


Q: Do base employees have to stay with their sponsored guests during the event?
A: Yes. Sponsors, both U.S. and local nationals, must always accompany their guest. Sponsors are responsible for the conduct and whereabouts of their guests. 


Q: Will there be a guest list so my guests can access the base without their sponsor?
A: No. Guests must be accompanied by their sponsor at the Annex Gate. If the sponsor is not present, guests will be turned away. We strongly encourage sponsors to carpool with their guests to streamline gate access. If this is not possible, sponsors should pre-plan a designated meeting place away from the Annex Gate.


Parking and Transportation


Q: Will shuttles be operating between the bases during the event?
A: Yes. Shuttles will continue to operate and will be running frequently between NAS I, NAS II, and Marinai. For schedules, please visit your local bus stop. Since parking will be limited on NAS I, shuttle use is highly encouraged. 


Q: Will parking be provided inside the base?
A: Only DoD ID card holders will be permitted to park on base via the Main Gate.
Q: When will the parking lots on NAS I secure in preparation for Red, White and Boom?
A: The following is a list of NAS I parking lot closure dates and times in preparation for the event. Vehicles parked in secured locations after the times listed above will be towed at the owner’s expense. These areas will be secured until after the event has concluded and the parking lots have been cleaned. 

- Fitness Center/Connections Parking Lot: 29 June at 2300 - 5 July at 1800
To help those who rely on parking that will be closed during event preparations, reserved parking on NAS I will be temporarily available to all. 


Q: Where can guests find event parking outside the base?
A: For a small fee, business owners directly across from the NAS I Main Entrance have agreed to provide parking in their lots. Parking on SS-192, the street that runs in front of the NAS 1 installation, is prohibited. 


Q: Will base shuttle services continue to run between base locations?
A: Yes. The shuttle will run between 1530 and 2330. The shuttle will pick-up and drop-off riders at NAS I in the loop near the DODDS School; at NAS II in front of the Flight Line Clinic; and at Marinai at the first bus stop inside of the main gate near the Youth Center.


Q: Anything else I should know about getting to the event?
A: Yes. Please use caution while transiting to and from NAS I as there will be increased traffic outside the installation. 

Security: What Can I Bring?


Q: What kind of bags will are allowed on base?
A: Only purses and diaper bags are authorized. They cannot exceed dimensions of 12”x 6”x 12” (30cm x 15cm x 30cm). No exceptions. Coolers and backpacks are not authorized. All authorized bags will be screened. Strollers will be allowed for caretakers of small children after screening.
Q: Are there any restricted items?
A: The following items are STRICTLY PROHIBITED from being brought onto the base: pets, glass bottles, containers, backpacks, and contraband.
Q: What items are considered contraband?
A: Knives of any size (including box cutters and sharp objects), BB Guns (Air Soft), sling shots, fireworks of any kind, illegal drugs, and any other items the CO deems as contraband. Guests must use common sense. If the item presents a potential threat to the base, do not attempt to bring it to the event. 


Alcohol and Smoking


Q: Will alcohol be served?
A: Yes. No outside drinks will be permitted in the festival area. Beer and/or alcohol that is purchased at the NEX will not be allowed at the event site. Also, Breathalyzers will be administered to those driving a vehicle. Anyone who plans to drive should abstain from consuming alcohol. Legal action will be taken against those who drive and have exceeded the legal limit of alcohol. Sponsors, both U.S. and local nationals, will be held responsible for the conduct of their guests.
Q: Is smoking allowed at the event?
A: Yes, but limited to one designated area, which will be identified on the event map.


Q:  Will restrooms be available at the celebration?
A:  Yes. Locations will be identified on the event map.
Q: Will NEX and Commissary hours stay the same during the event?
A: Yes. The NEX and Commissary will retain normal business hours during the event. Anyone wanting to enter the NEX or Commissary will need to provide a valid ID. Beer and/or alcohol that is purchased at the NEX will not be allowed at the event site.  
Q: What time will the fireworks display happen?
A: The fireworks display is scheduled to begin at 9:30pm. The exact time may fluctuate due to the fact that we take direction from the Catania airport and may have to slightly alter the time due to flight schedules. Announcements will be made during the event if the time is adjusted.  
For more event information, please visit or call 624-4941 (+39-095-56-4941).