Ooh! Aah! Check out our list of dazzling Hawaii Fourth of July fireworks showsby: Stephanie Loui
posted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 11:57 AM
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.
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