Wear your favorite red, white and blue attire and head to one of these celebrations and fireworks displays happening in the Islands, all of which take place on Monday, July 4.
Picnic on the Pier at Pearl Harbor
Celebrate Independence Day with fireworks and fun on one of America’s most historic ships, the USS Missouri. Doors open at 6 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner or purchase food and craft beers by Gordon Biersch, and enjoy live entertainment by Jeremy Cheng and Alex Oasay. Throughout the evening, tours of the ship and children’s activities such as signal-flag making and a float-your-boat activity will be hosted. The fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. and can be viewed from the pier or on deck. Presale tickets $10 adults, $5 children; at the door $15 adults, $10 children. Free shuttle service provided at Pearl Harbor Visitors Center, 1 Arizona Memorial Place, Honolulu, ussmissouri.org/picnic.
Ala Moana Beach Park 25th Annual Fireworks Spectacular
One of the largest fireworks shows is also the most popular, so you may want to plan ahead if you really want to attend Ala Moana Beach Park’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular. First, you’ll need to find parking and get there early enough to get a good viewing spot in the park. Fireworks begin at 8:30 p.m. Be sure to tune into 92.3 FM radio to listen to the music the fireworks are choreographed to. Ala Moana Building (Bank of Hawaii) and Ala Moana Pacific Center (the Shokudo Building) will be offering free parking after 1 p.m., and the Hawaii Convention Center is opening its garage at $10 per vehicle. Ala Moana Beach Park, 1201 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, alamoanacenter.com/Events/Center-Events.aspx.
Turtle Bay Resort Fourth of July Celebration
Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore is going big this year with an Eat The Street food-truck rally serving many barbecue dishes, a Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival with 16 live performances and a 8 to 10-minute fireworks display that begins at 8 p.m. The event is open to the public, $10 per car. Turtle Bay Resort, 57-091 Kamehameha Hwy., Kahuku, (808) 293-6000, turtlebayresort.com.
Kailua Fourth of July Fireworks and Airshow
Kailua Town locally operates this event, which has a spectacular airshow, live entertainment and a dazzling fireworks display viewable from any part of Kailua Beach Park. Festivities open with the airshow at 6 p.m., followed by a live performance by the Marine Jazz Band and ends with fireworks over the bay at 8 p.m. Parking is limited and a free shuttle service is provided from five locations. Visit kailuafireworks.net for more details.
Kekaha Celebration Event
On the sunny west side of Kauai, the town of Kekaha hosts a Fourth of July Celebration with lots of food booths, crafts, rides for the kids and a plantation museum tour. End the day with a fireworks display, accompanied by live music to honor our military men and women. 4 to 8:30 p.m., Faye Park, Alae Rd., Kekaha.
Lihue Independence Day Celebration
From 4 to 9:30 p.m., this popular event features a 3-D fireworks show and one of Hawaii’s star musical groups, Kapena. $15 tickets at the gate, $7 for children ages 6 to 12. Vidinha Soccer Field, Hoolako St., Lihue.
Lahaina Celebration and Fireworks
Maui’s only fireworks display takes place in Lahaina at its annual Fourth of July celebration. Front Street will be closed from 4 to 9 p.m., so get there early to enjoy a full schedule of events, including a parade, a classic car showcase, food and drink specials, lots of live entertainment by Maui musicians, shopping and fun activities for the kids. Then sit down and enjoy the beautiful Maui sunset followed by a spectacular fireworks show beginning at 8 p.m. Front St., Lahaina.
Turtle Independence Day Celebration at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
Every Fourth of July, turtles received from Oahu’s Sea Life Park raised and cared for on the grounds of Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows are released back into the ocean on the beach fronting the hotel. The 27th anniversary event runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon, with a welcoming ceremony and is immediately followed by the turtle release. Families are welcome to come and celebrate Hawaii’s green sea turtles while learning more about them. Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, 68-1400 Mauna Lani Dr., Kohala Coast, (808) 885-6622, maunalani.com.
Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade and Fireworks Extravaganza
This year, Kailua-Kona will be celebrating its 21st annual Independence Day parade and fireworks show. The parade begins at 6 p.m. at Kekuaokalani Gym off Kuakini Highway and proceeds south to Alii Drive, then south to Walua Road. The 10-minute fireworks show over beautiful Kailua Bay starts at 8. (808) 345-2108, facebook.com/paradesinkona, paradesinkona.com.
Hilo Bay Blast
At the Mooheau Park Bandstand on Hilo’s bay front, you can enjoy family activities including cook-offs and karaoke contests, live music, games and a beautiful fireworks display over Hilo Bay. Festivities start at 8 a.m. and lasts through 8 p.m. when the fireworks begin. Mooheau Park Bandstand, 369 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo.