Celebrating Independence Day in the 50th state? Four islands—Oahu, Big Island, Kauai, and Maui—are hosting fireworks shows and other festivities this July 4th. Here’s our list of the large-scale events that include dazzling fireworks displays (admission is free for most listed events), with all of the details about ‘em (parking, radio simulcasts, etc.) you’ll want to know.
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Stretch out on your beach chair at Ala Moana Beach Park and catch some rays during the day (believe us, you’ll need to arrive early to find a good spot), then keep your eyes on the skies for a spectacular July 4th fireworks display after sunset. With more than 30,000 people expected to celebrate here, its no surprise that Ala Moana Center (the show’s sponsor) boasts throwing the “greatest fireworks show in the state.” Get there early to beat the crowds, and be advised – there will be no parking available at the beach park from 10 p.m. on Thurs., July 3, through the show on Fri., July 4. Fireworks start at 8:30 p.m. on Magic Island, in Ala Moana Beach Park. Tune in to KSSK (FM 92.3) for a live fireworks soundtrack.
Celebrate Independence Day with a weekend of fun at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore. Events are open to the public, and include food booths, prize giveaways, and live music. Festivities start July 4 at 10 a.m. with the 36th annual Da Hui Paddle Race, which you can register for here. Catch musical entertainment on the west lawn, beginning at 3:30 p.m., and don’t miss a performance by vocal/instrumental group Kapena at 7:30 p.m! The day’s festivities culminate with a fireworks show at 8:30 p.m. For those 21 and over who aren’t ready to end the night, the resort’s Surfer, The Bar is hosting an afterparty at 9 p.m. featuring vocalist Darren Benitez. More family fun follows on July 5th, so check Turtle Bay’s website for a schedule of events.
Take the Pali Highway over the Koolau for Kailua’s all-day Fourth of July festivities! Come early, because the 68th annual Kailua Independence Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. Running two hours long, the parade begins at the intersection of Kainalu Drive and Palapu Street, and ends at Kailua Intermediate School. At 6 p.m. catch a 30-minute airshow, viewable from Kailua Beach Park. Stay at the Beach Park a little longer for a fireworks display at 8 p.m. Parking may be found at various schools around the district. Shuttles run from 3:30-10 p.m. from Long’s Kailua to the beach park. For additional info and shuttle information, click here.
The Battleship Missouri Memorial is hosting a picnic, concert, and fireworks show. Bring your own food and drink (no glass or grills, please!) and sit back and relax on the deck of the “Mighty MO.” The picnic begins at 6 p.m., with fireworks starting at 9 p.m. A shuttle from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center parking lot is complimentary. Buy tickets ($5 for kids ages 4-12, and $10 for adults) and get additional information here.
Military and their guests will enjoy a day of music and family-friendly entertainment, including mini golf, carriage rides, a petting zoo, and a car giveaway. Alternative rock group Third Eye Blind performs at 5:35 p.m. on the main stage. Fireworks start at 8:30 p.m. at the Commissary parking lot. More information is available here.
After being cancelled last year due to lack of funds, the Pearl Harbor/Hickam festivities are back! Beginning at 3:30 p.m. at Ward Field, the celebration includes free activities such as a petting zoo, airbrush tattoos, and a car show. Don’t miss the 7:30 p.m. concert by rock band 3 Doors Down, followed by a fireworks display at 9 p.m. The celebration is open only to military & their guests.
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Come to Queen's Marketplace for a full day of fun at Waikoloa Family Fourth. Starting at 12:30 p.m, listen to live music at the Coronation Pavilion. Keiki will enjoy Balloon Monsoon’s balloon sculptures, Zoo Choo rides, carnival games, free popcorn and cotton candy and more as they wait for the fireworks extravaganza at 8 p.m. over Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens. To end the evening, Big Island band Full Circle plays music live at 8:30 p.m. Visit Queen’s Marketplace for more information.
Beat the heat with Kailua-Kona’s evening celebrations, including a fun run, a parade, and a 10-minute fireworks extravaganza. The Lava Kids Liberty Fun Run, open to kids ages 5-16, kicks off the festivities at 5:50 p.m. Next, Kailua-Kona’s 19th annual “United as One” Independence Day Parade steps off at 6 p.m. on Kuakini Highway. At 8 p.m., ooh and ahh over a fireworks display over Kailua Bay. Click here for more info.
Hilo Bay Blast features a concert, a cookoff, and family entertainment. At 7 p.m., listen to the Hawaii County Band at Mo’oheau Bandstand. The fireworks display starts at 8 p.m. over Coconut Island, but is visible from almost anywhere along the Hilo bayfront. Parking shuttles are available going from County Aupuni Center and Afook-Chinen Auditorium to downtown.
The 25th annual Concert in the Sky happens from 4-9:30 p.m. at Vidinha Soccer Field in Lihue. Kids will enjoy face painting, water slides, and other activities in the Funzone, while adults and adolescents will appreciate the musical entertainment by local artists, and a featured performance by local vocalist/musician Anuhea. Attendees will also be eligible to win two drawings – one, a trip for two to Las Vegas; the second, a trip for two on Alaska Airlines. Advance tickets are $10 for adults, or $5 for children ages 6-12. Tickets bought at the gate are $15 for adults, and $7 for children. To buy tickets, get more information about the concert, or find shuttle schedule and parking information, check out the website. Proceeds go to Kauai Hospice.
Come to Kauai’s west side to join the town of Kekaha in their annual Independence Day festivities. Keiki and adults alike will enjoy free cultural exhibits and crafts, as well as games, food, local entertainment and a fireworks show after sunset. The celebration runs from 4-9:30 p.m. Parking is available.
Catch a free, live concert on the oceanfront lawn of Lahaina Library, beginning at 5 p.m. The fireworks display begins at 8 p.m., and can be seen from locations all over town, including the beach and Front Street. Want to catch the fireworks from off shore? The Pacific Whale Foundation, Pride of Maui, and Ocean Adventures charter evening cruises to watch the show. Our advice: make your reservations for these cruises in advance.