What could be better than Fourth of July in Hawaii? Once you’ve had the chance to live the experience, we think you’ll be able to answer, “Not much.” America’s newest state has plenty of Independence Day pride, and as the natives are known for their laid back lifestyle, you can imagine that celebrations would ensue. Plus, fireworks add to the already picturesque landscape and Oahu attractions that draw so many visitors.
If you’re on the Island of Oahu, known as “the Gathering Place,” you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see 4th of July Fireworks no matter where you are. Take a look at some of the top fireworks extravaganzas on Oahu and decide where you’ll celebrate take your family or friends for the Fourth.
Aloha Tower Marketplace
Aloha Tower in downtown Honolulu likes to extend the Independence Day revelry by celebrating a day early on July 3rd. Their family-friendly “pau hana” gathering features food, music, and fireworks to kick off the weekend. Fireworks at 8:30 PM.
Ala Moana Beach Park
In its 23rd year, the fireworks at Ala Moana Beach Park are some of the best in the country. Upwards of 30,000 spectators are likely to attend this fireworks spectacular launched from Magic Island and accompanied by an epic soundtrack. Arrive early and enjoy time in the park picnicking or BBQing, playing field games, and enjoying the live entertainment while you wait for dusk to fall. You might want to park your car elsewhere, as parking is prohibited in Ala Moana after 10 PM. July 3 & 4. Fireworks at 8:30 PM on July 4th.
The North Shore’s Turley Bay Resort plays host to a July 4th celebration that lasts all day long. The free public event starts at 10 AM, and guests are invited to partake in prize giveaways and family activities like Hawaiian holua sledding and traditional Hawaiian board carving. You’ll also enjoy live music and food from a variety of vendors. The night wraps up with a beautiful fireworks display and an after-party at Surfer, The Bar, with Darren Benitez and DJ Nokternal. Fireworks at 8 PM.
Kailua Beach Park
The oldest official fireworks display in Oahu celebrates its 65th birthday this year at Kailua Beach Park. The event kicks off with an air show at 6 PM, followed by jazz music from the Marine Corp band. While there are several places to park, you can also catch a ride to the beach from the Alexander and Baldwin shuttle at Long Kailua’s. Fireworks at 8 PM.
Battleship Missouri Memorial
For a special up-close view of the fireworks and a fun family picnic, head to the Battleship Missouri at 6 PM with your own food and beverages in tow. On the pier of the USS Missouri, live music, tours, and kids activities round out the evening’s entertainment. This “Might MO” fireworks show is advertized as one of the best in the Pacific! Fireworks at 9 PM.
Spend your long Fourth of July weekend exploring all of the breathtaking sites and cultural attractions in Oahu. When you use a Go Oahu Card attractions pass, you’ll get all-inclusive admission to 36 of the best Oahu attractions, including the Polynesian Cultural Center and the Makani Catamaran sail!