Get your cameras ready, your picnic blankets packed and your beach chairs in the car, because the Fourth of July holiday is fast approaching. Experiencing a local firework show or festival is a great way to celebrate Independence Day. And if don’t know where to go, check out the list below of Hawaii firework festivities.
Picnic on the Pier at Pearl Harbor
Can you think of a more fitting place to celebrate the Fourth of July than on the deck of the USS Missouri, America’s last battleship? Doors open at 6 p.m., and guests are encouraged to bring their own picnic-style dinners. Food and drinks from Gordon Biersch will be available on-site (cash only) and the night will be full of live performances and gift raffles, all culminating at 9 p.m. as aerials light up the night sky. Presale tickets $10 adults, $5 children; at the door $15 adults, $10 children. Free shuttle service provided, ussmissouri.org/picnic.
Ala Moana Center 28th annual Fireworks Spectacular
Known for being one of the best in the state, the fireworks lighting up the sky over Ala Moana Beach Park are a sight to see. Get there well before the 8:30 p.m. start time; those in the know find a spot on the beach hours in advance. If you want to listen to the soundtrack that the fireworks show is choreographed to, tune in to 92.3 FM. Ala Moana Beach Park, 1201 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, alamoanacenter.com.
Kailua Fireworks and Air Show
Launching from a mobile barge in Kailua Bay, this East Side event has more than just fireworks. Also included is a twilight acrobatic air show at 5:45 p.m., featuring the Flying Leathernecks, a nonprofit skydiving group. Visit kailuafireworks.net for more details.
Fourth of July Concert & Fireworks at Hukilau Marketplace
Festivities start early at the Hukilau Marketplace in the Polynesian Cultural Center. Musicians such as Josh Tatofi, Rebel Souljaz and Tongah Sisters will provide the soundtrack to this wild event, which also has carnival games put on by Kahuku Project Grad, as well as a variety of food options like plate lunches and deep-fried Twinkies. Fireworks start at 9 p.m., put on by the New York-based fireworks company,\ Grucci. 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, hukilaumarketplace.com.
Fourth of July Front Street Fireworks Show
If there’s anywhere you want to be on Maui during the Fourth of July, it’s Lahaina’s Front Street, which will be closed to traffic from 3 to 9 p.m. With bands, activities and food booths popping up and down this extensive oceanside street, there’s much to do while waiting for the 8 p.m. fireworks show. Try to get a table at one of Lahaina’s many oceanfront restaurants for a front-row viewing experience. Front Street, Lahaina.
30th annual Kauai Hospice Concert in the Sky
Taking place at the Vidinha Soccer Field in Lihue, this family-friendly event features a fun-zone for the keiki (kids), with water slides, face painting and massive inflatables. Everyone can enjoy the sweet jams of Kapena before watching the fireworks festivities that put an emphasis on 3D displays. Presale tickets $10 adults, $5 children; at the door $15 adults, $7 children, Hoolako St., Lihue, kauaihospice.org.
Family Fun Fourth of July & Fireworks Extravaganza at Waikoloa Bowl
An all-day event, from noon to 8:30 p.m., face painters, keiki giveaways and live music will bring its fair share of excitement to the Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ MarketPlace. If you’re still looking for more after the fireworks extravaganza, which starts at 8 p.m., music continues at the Queens’ MarketPlace until 8:30 p.m. 69-201 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa Village, waikoloabeachresort.com.
Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade & Fireworks Extravaganza
Starting at 6 p.m. at the Kekuaokalani Gym and Pool Complex, winding south through Alii Drive and ending on Walua Road, this raucous affair lights up Kailua-Kona in more ways than one on the Fourth of July. With floats, musical acts and multiple color guards all marching along together, the vibrant aerials launched over Kailua Bay at 8 p.m. are a fitting end to this fun night. (808) 345-2108, facebook.com/paradesinkona, paradesinkona.com.
Hilo Bay Blast
Cruising the day away at Hilo Bay on the Fourth of July has become a tradition for many local families. And why not? With a specialty car expo, Salute to Our Veterans Hilo Bay 5K Run/Walk and keiki activities like a waterslide and bounce house, there’s more than enough to do while waiting for the beautiful fireworks display over the bay, which starts at 8 p.m. Mooheau Park Bandstand, 369 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo.