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. Happy Independence Day from the HAWAII Magazine ohana!
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.
For more info., click here
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