Things to Do in Oahu on 4th of July 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 Fourth of July. We put together a list of fun events and things to do this 4th of July.

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 Fourth 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: Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 8:30 pm

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

Eat the Street at Turtle Bay


Head to Turtle Bay Resort for Eat the Street’s Fourth of July festival. This popular food truck rally will feature fireworks, live music, and a BBQ-themed menu from 30 of the best food trucks.

Live entertainment features: Ron Artis II, Ka’ala Boys, Bayonics, and Irie Love

When: Saturday, July 4, 2015 from 12:00 pm to 8:30 pm (fireworks at 8:30 pm)

Where: Turtle Bay Resort, 57-091 Kamehameha HWY, Kahuku, HI 96731

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 37th 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: Saturday, 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 Fourth 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 airshow and fireworks display.

When:

  • Parade: 10:00 am, starts at the intersection of Kainalu Drive and Palapu Street Avenue to Kailua Intermediate School
  • Airshow: 6:00 pm
  • Fireworks: Saturday, July 4, 2015  from 8:00 pm to 8:30 pm

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

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 by Chris Salvador, 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: Saturday, July 4, 2015 from 6:00 pm through the firework show (beginning at 9:05 pm)

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

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

Xterra Freedom Fest

Featuring live music and FREE BBQ (and beer!) for racers, volunteers, and sponsors, this annual racing event on Oahu is one of the best ways to celebrate the 4th of July.

Held in the scenic Ka’a’awa Valley, on the Kualoa Ranch property, this event is both enjoyable to watch and partake in. From the 5K to the ocean swim race, to the off-road triathlon, there’s a competitive event for all types of athletes.

When: Saturday, July 4, 2015 starting at 7:00 am (race and event times staggered throughout the day, check the online schedule for up-to-date information)

Where: 49-560 Kamehameha HWY, Ka’a’awa, Oahu, 96730

For more information and to register for any of the events, check the Xterra Freedom Fest website.

Head to the 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 4th of July destinations in Hawaii with world-class shopping, dining, entertainment, and lots of fun beach activities. Rent some gear and explore the waters or just relax on a lounge chair and feel the breeze.

Take a Tour of Pearl Harbor

Oahu attractions

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

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: Saturaday, 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.

Aloha Tower July 3 Fireworks

Fourth of July Fireworks over the Aloha Tower in Oahu

Photo credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Joe Solem

Kick off the holiday weekend with patriotic fun. This family-friendly pau hana celebration is complete with food, live music and entertainment, kid-friendly activities, food and beer, and fireworks.

When: Friday, July 3, 2015 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm (fireworks are at 8:45 pm)

Where: 1 Aloha Tower Drive, Suite 3000, Honolulu, HI 96813

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 3, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Where: Nuuanu Ave, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
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