If you are looking for the 2012 list of Oahu Fireworks & Events, click on this link: Oahu July 4th Fireworks & Events 2012.
The 2010 list of July 4th events is shown below for reference purposes only. Please note that many of the links will no longer work.
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If you’re making plans to visit Oahu this July 4th, you’ll find some excellent ways to celebrate Independence Day with a bang. All the events are family-friendly and free. Whether you’re staying in Waikiki, Honolulu, North Shore or anywhere else on beautiful Oahu, you’ll find a July 4th celebration that’s convenient and fun.
After many hours of research, I’ve created this convenient list of Oahu’s top July 4th events for 2010:
Saturday, July 3rd – Fireworks Display at Aloha Tower
One of the Oahu’s bigger July 4th events actually occurs on the 3rd at Aloha Tower Marketplace in Honolulu. This local favorite has traditionally presented an impressive fireworks display. The fireworks show is set to go off from a barge in Honolulu Harbor between Sand Island and the Aloha Tower Marketplace around 8:00pm, but other festivities including food, fun and live music starts at 3pm. (See this Google Map.)
As for getting there to watch the fireworks from Aloha Tower Marketplace parking will be difficult to find. If you decide to drive there, you may want to arrive early to check out other festivities including food, fun and live music starting at 3pm. See this link for Aloha Tower Marketplace parking options.
If you are coming from Waikiki, you might want to consider taking TheBus or the Red Line Trolley to prevent parking and traffic headaches.
The address for Aloha Tower Marketplace is 1 Aloha Tower Drive, Honolulu, HI. For more information: See their website or call 808.528.5700.
Sunday, July 4th – Ala Moana Center 4th of July Spectacular
Ala Moana Center puts on a huge Independence Day celebration that’s been popular with locals and visitors. Their fireworks extravaganza is among the best in the country. Fireworks begin at 8:30pm, but there’s plenty of excellent entertainment starting at noon. See this link for the entertainment line up and a shopping discount. You can watch the fireworks from around the center, at Magic Island (Aina Moana Beach Park), and at Ala Moana Beach Park. See this Google Map to visualize the area.
To get there from Waikiki, you can drive, take TheBus or the Ala Moana shopping shuttle. See this link for more information on public transportation options. Also, note if you have Trolley tickets, you can take either the Pink or Red Trolley Lines.
If your up for a good walk and have comfortable walking shoes, then consider walking from Waikiki to Ala Moana Beach Park. You won’t have to worry about traffic and finding a parking space. The closer you’re staying to the western end of Waikiki, the shorter the walk.
Ala Moana Center is located at 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu. Their phone number is 808.955.9517.
For an alternative view of these fireworks: consider one of the Star of Honolulu‘s dinner or cocktail cruises. Though slightly obstructed views, another idea is to have dinner at one of the “taller” restaurants in Waikiki– Top of Waikiki and Twist at Hanaohano. (Note if you go to Hanohano, request to be seated on the side facing Ala Moana.)
Sunday, July 4th – Schofield Barracks 4th of July Spectacular
Hawaii’s largest Army post in Central Oahu will have an Independence Day celebration including games, rides, crafts and live music. They will host a free fireworks display at 8:30pm. For more information on this day long celebration see this flyer.
Sunday, July 4th – Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks at Turtle Bay Resort
If you are staying in or around Oahu’s North Shore, the celebration and fireworks show at Turtle Bay Resort will be you’re most convenient event. The fireworks show starts “at dark” (around 8pm), but there’s display booths and games for the kids starting at 5:30pm. Admission and parking is free. Turtle Bay Resort is located on Oahu’s North Shore at 57-091 Kamehameha Highway in Kahuku, HI. For more information see this link or call Turtle Bay Resort toll free at 866.827.5327.
Sunday, July 4th – Maunalua Bay Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Show
Starting at 1pm, this family-friendly event includes entertainment, food booths, and a fireworks show at 8:00pm. Maunalua Bay is located between Diamond Head and Koko Head on the southeast side of Oahu. For more information see the event’s website. To get there from Waikiki, you’ll need to take TheBus or drive. Be sure and check the event’s website for parking advice.
Sunday, July 4th – Kailua Fireworks
Plans are in place for a July 4th celebration and evening fireworks show at the East Oahu town of Kailua. See this link for more information.
Sunday, July 4th – First Annual Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Waikiki Beach Walk
Okay, so this isn’t a July 4th celebration per se, but it’s a celebration being held on July 4th, and it’s free. You’ll be able to listen to some exceptionally talented Hawaiian steel guitarists from 2pm until 6pm. Afterwards, you’ll still be able to catch one of the evening fireworks shows. This festival will be held at the Plaza Stage of the Waikiki Beach Walk.
Sunday, July 4th – Military’s July 4th Fireworks Spectacular
This event is specifically for all military affiliated personnel including active duty, reserve, retirees, DoD, family members and sponsored guests. It’s a day-long Independence Day celebration with games, food, concerts and fireworks at Ward Field, Naval Station Pearl Harbor. For more information on this event, see this link.
After reviewing this list, I’m sure you’ll agree, Oahu is definitely going to be a great place to celebrate July 4th this year! I wish you a very happy and safe Independence Day!