Fireworks & July 4th Events on Oahu


*** For 2018 UPDATE *** Go here –> Oahu’s July 4th Fireworks & Events for 2018


The following list of events is from 2009 for reference purposes only.

Have you made your July 4th plans, yet? How about heading to Oahu for some sun, fun, and amazing fireworks? You’ll find excellent fireworks displays and celebrations all over the island. Here’s how you can celebrate Independence Day with a real bang.

July 3rd – Fireworks Display at Aloha Tower Marketplace

This fireworks event is a day early, but it has traditionally been a huge display and a local favorite. The fireworks show is set to go off from a barge in Honolulu Harbor between Sand Island and the Aloha Tower Marketplace around 8:45pm. (See this Google Map.)

As for getting there to watch the fireworks from Aloha Tower Marketplace, if you are coming from Waikiki, you might want to consider taking TheBus or the Red Line Trolley to prevent parking and traffic headaches. If you decide to drive there, you may want to arrive early to check out the restaurants and shops and validate parking ($2 for self-park and $4 for valet service).

My good friend, Dave from Oahu, tells me that the you can escape the crowds a bit and get the best vantage point from Sand Island. If you want to watch the fireworks from Sand Island, then it’s best to drive there otherwise, you’ll have a long walk from TheBus stop. By the way, the excellent photo on the top and right is one that Dave took on July 3, 2007 from Sand Island. Thanks, Dave, for sharing your photo with us.

The address for Aloha Tower Marketplace is 1 Aloha Tower Drive, Honolulu, HI. For more information: See this Web site or call 808.528.5700.


July 3rd – Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Friday Night Fireworks on Waikiki Beach

Hilton Hawaiian Village puts on a great little fireworks display on Waikiki Beach every Friday night. It’s not  a pre-Independence Day celebration, but it’s convenient if you’re in or around
Waikiki Beach. Fireworks go off at 7:45pm. If your around, you might consider checking out the Rockin’ Hawaiian Rainbow Revue before the show. See more here.

The Hilton Hawaiian is located on Waikiki Beach. The street address is 2005 Kalia Road, Honolulu, HI. Their phone number is 808.949.4321.

July 4th – Ala Moana Center Fireworks Show

This fireworks extravaganza from the Ala Moana Center is among the top 25 largest in the country. It’s also distinguished in that it’s the only show in Hawaii to launch from three separate platforms. The fireworks show begins at 8:30pm , but there’s lots of excellent entertainment starting at noon. See this link for the entertainment line up and shopping discount. You can see 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 shuttle. If  your up for a good walk and have on good shoes for walking, 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 side of Waikiki, the shorter the walk. See this link for more information on transportation. Also, note if you have Trolley tickets, you can take either the Pink or Red Trolley Lines.

Ala Moana Center is located at 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu. Their phone number is 808.955.9517.

July 4th – Turtle Bay Resort Celebration and Fireworks

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”, but there’s display booths and games for the kids starting at 3:00pm. Turtle Bay Resort is located on Oahu’s North Shore at 57-091 Kamehameha Highway in Kahuku, HI. For more information see Turtle Bay’s Web site or call them toll free (866) 827-5327.

July 4th – Schofield Barracks Fourth of July Spectacular and Centennial Celebration
Hawaii’s largest Army post in Central Oahu will have an Independence Day celebration including games, rides, crafts and concert by the rock band Kansas. They will host a free fireworks display at 8:30pm. For more information see this flyer.

July 4th – Maunalua Bay Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Show

Starting at 2pm, 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 Web site. To get there from Waikiki, you’ll need to take TheBus or drive.

July 4th – Block Party & Fireworks at Pearl Harbor

This Independence Day celebration is open only to military affiliated personnel including active duty, reserve, retirees, DoD, family members. They’ll have great entertainment and games followed by fireworks at 9:00pm. See this link for more information.

July 4th Parade, Festival, and Fireworks in Kailua

The day’s events start with a parade at 10:00am and end with fireworks.Kailua is located on the east side of Oahu.  See this link for more information.

As more events and details are released, I’ll update this page.

Not going to Oahu for July 4th? Then check out all the excellent July 4th Fireworks on Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii’s Big Island

For 2010 events: Click here for Oahu’s July 4th Fireworks & Events for 2010.

  1. Great post! – Lots and lots of great information. Even after all these years of living here, I still learn new things all the time from reading your blog. 🙂

  2. I’ve been a Oahu resident for quite sometime and we always spent 4th of July in Alamoana. — Thanks to your great infos — we might finally find someplace else to spend July 4th!

  3. Hi Duane – thanks for stopping by and commenting. My friend Dave had a neat suggestion that it would be pretty to go up to Round Top/Tantalus Drives to watch fireworks from there. That would be a neat perspective, wouldn’t it? Enjoy your 4th!

  4. Thanks for the great Info!!! do you have any info about MCB having bayfest this year 2009

  5. Hi Stacey – I looked and looked and wasn’t able to find any info about Bayfest being held this year. Even the official Web site has all of last year’s information in it. I’ll update this post if I hear any details.

  6. Stacey – looks like Bayfest is going to be held August 14 – 16, 2009 instead of July 4th weekend. Bands will be announced June 23rd. Stay tuned for more details…

  7. Does anyone know if there will be any firework shows near or at the Ihilani resort?

  8. May – I checked with one of my Oahu contacts and verified that there will NOT be any July 4th fireworks at Ihilani. The good news is that there’s plenty more great fireworks shows to see on Oahu.

  9. May – The Wet’n’Wild Water Park will have a Fireworks display for their Konishiki Ohana Day. It’s about a mile or two from the Ihilani Resort.

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  11. Which of the 4th of July Events would be closer for us to attend if we are staying at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort?

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