July 4th Fireworks and Celebrations in Hawaii
2013 UPDATES: July 4th Fireworks Oahu 2013
The islands of Hawaii have some fantastic fourth of July events planned for 2008. Here’s some of what’s going on:
July 3rd – Pre-Independence Day Celebration: Aloha Tower Marketplace will be the host of a pre-independence day celebration filled with a fabulous fireworks display over Honolulu Harbor at 9pm. The free event includes live entertainment on multiple stages, a fashion show with top Hawaii models, face & hair painting, a balloon artist, and many strolling entertainers throughout the entire marketplace. These events start at 5pm.
July 4th – Ala Moana Forth of July Fireworks & Concert: Full lineup of live entertainment, games and fun, followed by a fireworks extravaganza that’s the biggest in the state. For more information see this link
July 4th – Independence Day at Maunalua Bay: Entertainment will fill the day from 2pm, leading up to a spectacular fireworks display from a barge in Maunalua Bay at 8pm. For more information on this inaugural even for this area of East Honolulu, see this link.
July 4th – 6th – 19th Annual BayFest will be held at the Marine Corps Base in Kaneohe Bay. The public is welcome to enjoy music from various national and local acts, carnival rides and games, great food, exhibits, and fireworks. Admission is required. Proceeds enhance the quality of life for the Marines, Sailors and family members stationed aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii. For more information see this link.
July 4th – Kailua 4th of July Parade, Festival, and Fireworks: For more information, see this link.
July 4th – On Oahu’s North Shore, Turtle Bay Resort Family Day and Fireworks.
On the Big Island
July 4th – 13th Annual Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade & Fireworks: The parade starts at 5:30pm at Kona’s Kekuaokalani Gym on Kuakini and winding down Palani Road and then South along Alii Drive to Coconut Grove Marketplace. Entertainment at Coconut Grove, then fireworks at 8pm! All free to the public. Visitors are encouraged to wear patriotic colors.
July 4th – Hilo Fireworks: There will be evening fireworks displays at 3 spots in Hilo: on and along the Bayfront Highway and beach area; the soccer fields along Kamehameha Avenue; & Queen Liliuokalani Park. Call Roxie Waltjen, County of Hawaii, Dept. Parks & Recreation, Culture & The Arts for more information at (808) 961-8706. (Per KonaWeb and Cheryl.)
July 4th – 17th Annual Great Waikoloa Rubber Duckie Race & 4th of July Extravaganza: A fundraiser for United Cerebral Palsy of Hawaii, the fun-filled event will feature the always wild and wacky rubber duckie race, great live entertainment, and lots of exciting activities, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display over Kings’ Lake. The even starts at 10am and goes through 9:30pm. For more information, call (808) 886-8811.
July 4th – Turtle Independence Day at the Mauna Lani: This is a different take on independence day. A turtle will be released from the shore fronting the hotel. This is a morning event going from 8:30am – 11:30am. For more details, see this link
4th of July in Lahaina: Fireworks are scheduled for 8pm. The fireworks display will be over the ocean in historic Lahaina Town. The 4th of July in Lahaina is a free family event for all and it even includes a concert from 6:00 to 8:00pm on the makai library lawn. Note that some tour companies are providing special 4th of July fireworks excursions to watch the fireworks from the water. For example, see this one from Trilogy.
July 4th – 19th Annual Concert in the Sky: This event in Lihue at the Vidinha Soccer Field starts at 2pm with entertainment, games, and food. A modest admission fee is required with proceeds benefiting Kauai Hospice.
Photo credit to sunsurfr by Creative Commons.
(Unless you have a room with a great view) In my opinion… The best place to watch the fireworks is from a boat like a dinner cruise. Almost every island has something like that. There are several dinner cruises on Oahu that have a special “Fireworks Cruises”. All of them are amazingly romantic and not only give you an unobstructed view of the fireworks and city lights but you also get served good food and avoid the crowds.
The second best place to watch the fireworks on Oahu is from Sand Island. It’s directly across the harbor from Aloha Tower. You get unobstructed views and no crowds. If you go there, you can expect to see a lot of local families camped out with their BBQ’s. That’s where I’ll be. 😉
Thank you Dave for those fantastic tips! I meant to look up Star of Honolulu earlier to see what they had going on. It looks like they have some nice cruises on the 3rd and 4th. http://www.starofhonolulu.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=251&Itemid=648
Hilo on the Big Island will also have a 4th of July fireworks display. I took the following info off of the calendar at konaweb.com
July 4, 2008
4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS – HILO
There will be evening fireworks displays at 3 spots in Hilo: On and along the Bayfront Highway and beach area; the soccer fields along Kamehameha Avenue; & Queen Liliuokalani Park. Call Roxie Waltjen, County of Hawaii, Dept. Parks & Recreation, Culture & The Arts for more info, at (808) 961-8706.
A few years ago when I went to the Hilo 4th of July celebration, there was also a Japanese Bon dance afterwards in the pavilion. Of course I danced:) There were also food booths but I was disappointed that they had run out of the mochiko chicken. So go early if you plan on buying dinner there!
Thanks for that great addition to the list, HVG!