Independence Day festivities will soon be under way in the 50th state. If you’re looking for fireworks shows, you’ll find them on four islands this year — Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island. Here's our list of the large-scale get-togethers that include fireworks displays. (Admission is free for most of the listed events.) Happy Independence Day from the entire HAWAII Magazine ohana!
Kick off your Independence Day festivities a little early with food, fireworks, and music at Aloha Tower Marketplace on Wednesday (July 3), 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. This event will include a variety of restaurant options, live bands, and a spectacular oceanfront firework show slated to get under way at 8:45 p.m. There will also be a concert starting at 10 p.m. featuring Trinidad James and Luminox. For more information, click here.
It’s go big or go home at the 22nd annual Ala Moana Fourth of July event. With the largest public firework display in the state, spectators from line the island’s south shore from Waikiki to Kakaako to watch this stunning display. The fireworks are set to launch from Ala Moana Beach Park at 8:30 p.m. with a live, synced soundtrack broadcasting on KRATER 96 FM. The mall will also be offering a special 20 percent savings pass for shoppers, July 4-7. The holiday music and dance performance lineup will feature a hula dance showcase and Hawaii musicians including John Cruz, Lehua Kalima, Ho’okena and more. Free. For more event details, click here.
Head to the North Shore for an all-day lineup of water sports, live entertainment, food, and fireworks. Starting at 10:45 a.m., more than 500 paddleboarders will take to the water for a seven-mile race from Turtle Bay Resort to Waimea Bay. Check out the paddleboard expo or the Primo Island Lager beer garden to kick back with the music of John Cruz, Kapena, Kamaka Fernadez and more. For family friendly fun, try out Hawaiian holua sledding, board-carving, and the waterslide. Fireworks start at 8 p.m. with an after-party at Surfer, The Bar starting at 9 p.m. For more details, click here.
The 67th annual Kailua Independence Day parade will start at 10 a.m. on Kainalu Drive. An air show is set for 6 p.m., and fireworks will light up the night sky on the windward side of Oahu at Kailua Beach Park at 8 p.m. For additional information, click here.
The 42nd annual 4th of July Spectacular at Weyand Field on Schofield Barracks is open to Department of Defense ID cardholders and their guests. Starting at 10 a.m., the celebration will include crafts, pony rides, food vendors and a live performance by headliner ONEREPUBLIC. Fireworks start at 8:30 p.m. (Note: Department of Defense cardholders and authorized guests include military service members and retirees, civilian employees, and military families.) Click here for more details.
The July Fourth Barbeque on the Bay is back for its sixth annual soiree with special thanks to community residents, businesses, and an anonymous donor who together have raised enough funds to host this year’s fireworks display. The festivities at Maunalua Bay Beach Park in Hawaii Kai feature hula, jazz, Hawaiian music, and crafts, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. The barbeque area will serve up hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream, shave ice and drinks with proceeds benefitting two local nonprofits. Fireworks begin at 8 p.m. Click here for more information.
Enjoy a full day of family friendly fun at Hilo Bayfront and Mooheau Park. Starting at 10 a.m., visitors can enjoy games, music, cookoff competitions and more. Among the celebration’s highlights: Hawaii County Band, 7 p.m.; a “Hot Rides Expo;” and the annual firework show, launching from the ocean in Hilo Bay at 8 p.m. Parking is not permitted at Bayfront but community shuttles will be provided from downtown, with parking at the County Aupuni Center Building and Afook-Chinen Auditorium. For more information, click here.
Come and join the Fourth of July festivities at Queens’ Marketplace at Hawaii’s Waikaloa Beach Resort. Local bands perform, starting at 12:30 p.m. Among the freebies: cotton candy, popcorn, face painting, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Also, there will be carnival games and train rides with proceeds going to the Special Olympics West Hawaii. Live music throughout the evening at the Coronation Pavilion, with a spectacular firework show kicking off at 8 p.m. For a schedule of events, click here.
The Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. Click here for details about the parade’s route. The fireworks show over Kailua Bay is slated to start at 8 p.m.
Kauai’s 24th annual Concert in the Sky is happening staged at the Vidinha Stadium soccer field in LIhue on July Fourth, 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. With an expected turnout of more than 6,000 guests, be sure to get tickets ahead of time for this one-of-a-kind event, which features live music, ono grinds, and a kids zone with inflatables, waterslides, face painting, and more. Hawaii musician Henry Kapono will take the stage at 7:40 p.m., and the fireworks will start at 8 p.m. For ticket information, click here. Proceeds will benefit Kauai Hospice.
Celebrate the Fourth of July on Kauai’s sunny West Side with the community of Kekaha. Featuring a variety of crafts, game booths, local performances, and of course, lots of ono food booths, the night will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display at about 9:15 p.m. The event is free and open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Click here for more details.
Lahaina town’s annual fireworks celebration will feature a variety of bands and various holiday specials in town shops. Festivities will start at 5:30, and the aerial display will begin at about 8 p.m. in Lahaina Harbor’s historic waterfront area. The fireworks are visible from throughout Lahaina Town, but are best spots for viewing the show are along the Front Street seawall and Lahaina Library lawn. For more information, click here.
Photos: Page 1 (top)/Page 2, Ala Moana Center Fourth of July Celebration; Page 1 (bottom) Aloha Tower Marketplace Pre-Independence Day Celebration.