Things to Do in Oahu 4th of July 2016 Weekend

With lots of festivities, patriotic sights to see, one of the biggest firework displays in the nation, and more, Hawaii is one of the best places to celebrate the 4th of July.

If you’re looking for things to do in Oahu 4th of July 2016, check out our list of the best local activities and attractions, including…

  • Picnic on the Pier at Battleship Missouri Memorial
  • Take a Tour of Pearl Harbor
  • Fireworks at Ala Moana Center
  • Da Hui Independence Day Paddleboard Race
  • and more…

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Please note, the special events taking place at these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included on the Go Oahu Card.

“Picnic on the Pier” at Battleship Missouri Memorial

Uss missouri memorial
Celebrate Independence Day “Mighty Mo” style at the Battleship Missouri Memorial’s Picnic on the Pier.

Guests are invited to BYO-Picnic (no glass or grills) for a day of live music, spectacular views of the sunset, and an up-close view of the firework displays from the pier. Younger guests will enjoy lots of fun activities and competitions, too.

A complimentary shuttle from the Pearl Harbor visitors center will be provided for guests without base access.

Insider tip: make it a patriotic day by starting out with a tour of the famous battleship that commemorates the end of World War II, the Battleship Missouri, before the festivities begin.

When: Monday, July 4, 2016 from 6:00 pm through the firework show (beginning at 9:05 pm)

Where: The Battleship Missouri Memorial, 63 Cowpens St. Honolulu, HI 96818

Please note, this event is separately ticketed and not included with the Go Oahu Card, as this event is not included with regular Battleship Missouri admission.

For more information and to purchase tickets, check out the event website.

Take a Tour of Pearl Harbor

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A hangar in the Pacific Aviation Museum

Get in the patriotic spirit by exploring the significant role Hawaii played in World War II.

Take a tour of Pearl Harbor, the site of the attack that sparked the U.S. entry into World War II, and Honolulu.

A fully narrated tour covers all the major landmarks and is a great way for first-time visitors to get to know the city of Honolulu.

When: Daily at 6:30 am (reservations required: (808) 971-4323)

Where: Magic of Polynesia Box Office, 2300 Kalakaua Avenue, Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Lobby Level, Honolulu, HI 96815

Fireworks and Celebrations at Ala Moana Center

Head to the Ala Moana Center and Ala Moana Beach Park for fireworks, live entertainment, and shopping specials for their annual 4th of July celebration.

The Ala Moana Center boasts one of the nation’s largest fireworks display and the biggest in the state of Hawaii.

Insider tip: tune in to KSSK, AM590/FM92.3 for a live fireworks soundtrack that accompanies the show.

When: Monday, July 4, 2016 at 8:30 pm

Where: Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd. Honolulu, HI 96814 (fireworks will be at the Ala Moana Beach Park)

Da Hui Independence Day Paddleboard Race

Stand Up Paddleboarding race in Oahu

Image credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson

Spend the morning seeing how you stand up to the competition in the Da Hui 38th Annual Paddle Race (or just watch racers paddle to the finish line at Waimea Bay), one of the top paddleboard events around.

This event features a 4 mile and a 7 mile race for varying levels of race challenges.

When: Monday, July 4, 2015 at 9:45 am

Where: Turtle Bay Resort. (Race starting point varies by course)

For more information and to register, check out the Da Hui Paddle Race website.

Kailua Fourth of July Parade, Fireworks, & Airshow

Make a day of the festive Kailua 4th of July fun. Kick off the Independence Day celebrations by watching the parade, pack a cooler and spend the rest of the day right on Kailua Beach to secure the best spot to watch the air show and fireworks display.


  • Parade: 10:00 am, starts at the intersection of Kainalu Drive and Palapu Street Avenue to Kailua Intermediate School
  • Airshow: 6:00 pm
  • Fireworks: Monday, July 4, 2016  from 8:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Where: Kailua Beach, Kailua, Hawaii 96734 (Check the site for parking and shuttle information)

Head to Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach is a popular spot to go surfing

Credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson

Waikiki Beach is one of the most popular things to do in Oahu 4th of July weekend with world-class shopping, dining, entertainment, and lots of fun beach activities.

Grab some beach gear (included with the Go Oahu Card) and explore the waters or just relax on a lounge chair and feel the breeze.

The Epilepsy Foundation Freedom Run (EFFR)

Lace up your sneakers and head over to Kailua High School for some patriotic competition. Sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii and USA Track & Field, the EFFR features timed 5K and 10K races and a one mile walk that welcomes wheelchairs, strollers, and pets on leashes.

All proceeds benefit programs and services that are linked to the Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii.

When: Monday, July 4, 2015 at 7:00 am

Where: Kailua High School, 451 Ulumanu Drive, Kailua, HI 96734

For more information and to register, visit the EFFR site.

First Friday Honolulu Art Walk in Chinatown

Photo credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson

Photo credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson

Browse through hip art galleries, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants that feature art exhibits and free entertainment in Chinatown.

Plan to spend the evening there and explore some the trendy bars and nightlife that Chinatown is known for.

When: Friday, July 1, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Where: Nuuanu Ave, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

Save on Admission

As you can see, there are plenty of great things to do in Oahu 4th of July weekend — from fireworks to festivals and beyond.

Remember, many of these great options are included on the Go OahuCard, where you can save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

Please note, the 4th of July events taking place at some of these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included with the Go Oahu Card.

Consider adding a few of these fun options to your summer vacation itinerary.

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