Fourth of July on Oahu

Author 06-27-2016


The 50th state celebrates the Fourth of July in a big way.  Hawaii boasts eight islands, 1.4 million people, 11 military bases, 57 years of statehood, and one of the biggest fireworks shows in the country.


Ala Moana Center Celebration

If you’re staying in Waikiki, no need to travel far for the fourth. Head to Ala Moana Center for the biggest fireworks show in all of Hawaii. Watch from Ala Moana beach park as fireworks are launched from three different platforms. Earlier in the day, picnic on the beach or in the park, or head over to Ala Moana Center to shop the Fourth of July special sales and watch live music.Tune your radio to KSSK, AM590/FM92.3 for a live feed of the “fireworks soundtrack” selected to accompany the show.

http://alamoanacenter.com/Events/4th-of-July-Celebration for more information.


Pearl Harbor Festivities

To celebrate the 4th while honoring American History in one of the most important sites of the 20th century, head to Pearl Harbor.

Non-military guests can take a complimentary shuttle from the Pearl Harbor visitors center onto the base for a “Picnic on the Pier” right next to the USS Missouri. Bring your own picnic food and gear (blankets, chairs, etc) and stick around the fireworks show beginning just after 9 pm. Admission to the picnic is $10. 

https://ussmissouri.org/get-involved/events/picnic-on-the-pier/ for more information on the picnic.


For military, celebrations at Ward Field will feature everything from a petting zoo to a beer garden, a car show, a trampoline area, and even a batting cage. This event is open to any military personnel (and sponsored guests). Three Days Grace will perform at 7:30 pm, and fireworks begin just after 9 pm. http://www.greatlifehawaii.com/events/f1c9698a-c313-4c64-a74b-42e2a9082bbe for more information.


Kailua Fourth of July Celebration

Kailua celebrates in style with a 10:00 am parade starting at the intersection of Kainalu Drive and Palapu Street Avenue. The parade runs to Kailua Intermediate School. Stick around for the airshow at 6:00 pm, and the fireworks show at around 8 pm.  Both shows are visible right from Kailua Beach.

http://kailuafireworks.net for more information.


Turtle Bay on the North Shore

The celebrations at Turtle Bay on the North Shore will run all day starting at 2 pm on the West Lawn.  While you might be charged a $10 parking fee, almost all of the Independence Day events at Turtle Bay are free. Eat the Street food trucks will be open for business, and live music will  carry you until the he fireworks show will  begins around 8 pm.  

http://www.turtlebayresort.com/content/july-4th-celebration for more information.


Other Events on the Water

If you prefer to be out in the water for the fireworks, grab an inter-tube or any type of fun floatation device and hit the waters of Waikiki for the annual “Floatilla” event (just be sure to take your floater and any trash with you when you leave).  Or if you prefer to be on but not in the water, click http://www.starofhonolulu.com/independence-day-dinner-cruise-fireworks-waikiki/ to learn about various Independence Day cruises aboard the Star of Honolulu. 



For any questions about Waikiki vacation rentals, please contact Marina Hawaii Vacations and an agent would be happy to assist you. We can be reached at 808-946-0716 or info@marinahawaiivacations.com

Susie Bowman