Oahu July 4th Fireworks & Celebrations

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Will you be celebrating July 4th in Oahu? If so, you’ll find many options for celebrating the day with games, parades, and of course, outstanding fireworks displays. Here’s what you’ll find across Oahu this July 4th, 2011

Sunday, July 3rd – Celebration and Fireworks at Aloha Tower
One of Oahu’s biggest July 4th events is actually held on the 3rd of July at Aloha Tower Marketplace in Honolulu. Entertainment and kid-friendly events begin at 4pm followed by a huge fireworks display set to go off at 8:45pm. This event is free and open to the public.

As for getting there to watch the fireworks from Aloha Tower Marketplace parking might be a challenge. If you decide to drive there, you may want to arrive early.  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, call 808.566.2337.

For an alternative view of the Aloha Tower fireworks, the Star of Honolulu offers a special 3rd of July Cocktail & Fireworks Cruise. The cruise includes snacks, a “champagne” toast, live Hawaiian entertainment and a view of the fireworks across the water. Pricing is to be announced. For an extra $11 per person, they’ll do the driving for you with Waikiki coach transfers. For more information, call  800.334.6191. I recommend paying the extra for the transfer.

Monday, 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 entertainment during the day at the center’s Centerstage.

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 alternate views of the Ala Moana fireworks, consider these options:

  • The Star of Honolulu is offering a variety of July 4th cocktail and dinner cruises. See this link for more information.
  • The rotating restaurant, Top of Waikiki will provide slightly obstructed views of the fireworks.

Monday, 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 your most convenient place to celebrate Independence Day. The fireworks show starts 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.

Monday, July 4th – 4th of July Celebrations For Our Military
–  at Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam
Games, food, concerts and fireworks are planned at both Hickam Beach and Ward Field for our military. See this link for more details for both locations.

–  at Sills Field at Schofield Barracks
A 4th of July Spectacular is planned starting at 9am and going through 9pm. You’ll find games, food, music and fireworks. See this link for more information.

Monday, July 4th – Independence Day at Maunalua Bay
Entertainment, food and fireworks are in the works. The fireworks show is set for 8pm. 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. I recommend TheBus as parking can be tricky.

Monday, July 4th – Kailua 4th of July Parade, Air Show and Fireworks
Plans are in place for a July 4th celebration and fireworks show at the East Oahu town of Kailua. Events include a parade from 10am to 12pm., Air Show from 6pm to 7pm and fireworks at 8pm. Food booths and games will be available. See this link for more information. (Note: at the time of publishing, this event has not yet been fully funded.)


– All these Oahu July 4th 2011 event details were accurately reported at the time of publishing.

– Bookmark this page and check back for potential additions and updates.

– Note that some of the community events are not yet fully funded. When and if I’m informed of the full funding, I will update this post. (Update: Maunalua fireworks are reportedly funded and set to go off at 8pm.)

– If you’ll be in Oahu for Friday, July 1st, there’s a short but fabulous fireworks show in Waikiki Beach.

– Another cool event that will be taking place over July 4th weekend is the 2nd Annual Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Waikiki Beach Walk. The month-long festival kicks off on Sunday, July 3rd.

– If you are looking for July 4th fireworks and celebrations on other islands, see July 4th in Hawaii.

  1. Great list as always!

    Another great place to watch the Sunday, July 3rd – Celebration and Fireworks at Aloha Tower is from Sand Island. It’s directly across the harbor from Aloha Tower. You get unobstructed views from across the water and almost no crowds.

    The view of the fireworks across the water is similar to the view from the Star of Honolulu which stops next to the Sand Island State Recreation Area for the show.

    You’ll need a car to get there. Depending on how early you get there… You’ll likely need to park on the street (Sand Island Parkway) which dead-ends at the Recreation Area and you’ll likely need to walk about a block down the street to get to the park.


  2. Last year I went with friends to the Schofield Barracks fireworks. Good music before the fireworks and a really nice fireworks display.

    This was the first time I had gone to a fireworks festival on a military base since I was in U.S Navy in the 70’s.

    I was impressed.

    It is open to the public.

    Get there by 6pm to ensure you get decent parking.

    We took a picnic lunch. But they do have food vendors.

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