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 Oahu 4th of July Weekend 2017 ideas, check out some of these local activities and fun things do in Oahu in July, 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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Regular admission to a number of these attractions are included on the Go Oahu Card.
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Please note, some of these special July and 4th of July weekend events may be separately ticketed and not included on the Go Oahu Card.Note: the below ads are not affiliated with SmartDestinations.com
“Picnic on the Pier” at Battleship Missouri Memorial
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: July 4, 2017, 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 about this special event and to purchase tickets, check out the event website.
Getting In: General admission Battleship Missouri Memorial tickets are included with the Go Oahu Card. This event is separately ticketed and is not included with pass.
Take a Tour of Pearl Harbor
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: call (808) 971-4323)
Getting In: Pearl Harbor Historical City Tour tickets are included with the Go Oahu Card.
Head to Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach is one of the most popular things to do in Oahu for 4th of July weekend, with world-class shopping, dining, entertainment, and lots of fun beach activities.
Grab some beach gear and explore the waters or just relax on a lounge chair and feel the breeze.
Getting In: Waikiki Beach Gear Rentals are included with the Go Oahu Card.
40th Prince Lot Hula Festival
Truly immerse yourself in authentic Hawaiian culture with a visit to one of the region’s most popular summer festivals.
The Prince Lot Hula Festival invites hula groups from across the entire state to celebrate the magic and beauty of this traditional dance form.
You’ll also be able to enjoy free concerts, a craft fair, food for sale, and much more. It’s a great family-friendly event!
Insider Tip: If you’re looking to enjoy more local culture, pay a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center for a full day of educational fun.
When: July 15-16, 2017, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Where: Moanulua Gardens
Getting In: The Prince Lot Hula Festival is free to attend. Polynesian Cultural Center tickets are included with the Go Oahu Card.
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: July 4, 2017 at 8:30 pm
Where: Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd. Honolulu, HI 96814 (fireworks will be at the Ala Moana Beach Park)
Getting In: Ala Moana Independence Day celebrations are free to enjoy.
Da Hui Independence Day Paddleboard Race
Spend the morning seeing how you stand up to the competition in the Da Hui 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: July 4, 2017 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.
Getting In: It’s free to watch the Da Hui Annual Paddle Race.
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: July 4, 2017 from 8:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Kailua Beach, Kailua, Hawaii 96734 (Check the site for parking and shuttle information)
Getting In: Kailua Independence Day events are free to attend.
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: July 4, 2017 at 7:00 am
Where: Kailua High School, 451 Ulumanu Drive, Kailua, HI 96734
For more information and to register, visit the EFFR site.
Getting In: It’s free to watch the EFFR races; registration fees apply if you’d like to race.
First Friday Honolulu Art Walk in Chinatown
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: July 7, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Nuuanu Ave, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
Getting In: First Friday Art Walks are free to attend.
Mō‘ili‘ili Summer Fest
This delightful summer festival is a local celebration of Japanese and Hawaiian culture.
Held each year in one of Honolulu’s most historic neighborhoods, this fun, family-friendly festival features dancing, crafts, food, and more.
Insider Tip: Park at the Univeristy of Hawaii at Manoa Lower Campus lot and take the free shuttle to the event.
When: July 1, 2017
Where: The Varsity Building on University Avenue
Getting In: Mō‘ili‘ili Summer Fest is free to attend.
Save on Admission
There you go – plenty of fun ideas for things to do in Oahu in July to help you plan your 4th of July weekend itinerary.
Remember, many of these great ideas are included on the Go Oahu Card, where you can save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.
We really hope you consider adding a few of these popular options to your upcoming plans. Enjoy!