July 4th Fireworks & Events near Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu 2014

2018 Update: see the most current edition of Oahu July 4th. Click this link for the 2018 update

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The following list is from 2014 for reference purposes only. For the current year’s update, go to this link <—

Oahu really knows how to celebrate Independence Day with a bang! We’ve created our annual list of all the top places to celebrate the day and catch an amazing fireworks show.

July 4th Fireworks at Ala Moana Beach Park (near  and possibly visible from Waikiki)

Ala Moana Center has traditionally hosted Oahu’s biggest fireworks show and this year’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular will be no different. The fireworks show is set to start at 8:30 pm at Ala Moana Beach Park. This show is free and open to the public. As the biggest fireworks show on the island, organizers estimate that up to 50,000 people may attend this event at Ala Moana Beach Park.

Prior to the big fireworks show, Ala Moana Center will offer free entertainment starting at 4pm.

Ala Moana Center is located at 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard in Honolulu. To get there from Waikiki, you can drive, take the bus or trolley or walk. See this link for transportation options. We do not recommend that you drive as there will be some road closures in the immediate vicinity before and after the event.

Traditionally, these fireworks set off from Magic Isle at the tip of Ala Moana Beach Park. As such, the fireworks are potentially visible from various locations surrounding Ala Moana Beach Park. Take a look at this Google map link with Magic Isle pinned to help you visualize potential viewing points from the various beaches of Waikiki. For more specific information, politely ask the concierge at your hotel resort for more viewing advice.

For some interesting alternative views of the Ala Moana Center July 4th fireworks, consider these options:

  • The Star Of Honolulu is offering a number of dinner and cocktail cruises to see the fireworks and Honolulu city lights from the ocean. Pricing starts at $50 per person. See this link for Star of Honolulu July 4th fireworks cruise options and this link for their catamaran fireworks cruise options. We recommend you book quickly if one of these cruises is of interest to you. We also recommend taking advantage of their transportation from Waikiki for the ease and convenience.
  • Additional options TBD

July 4th Fireworks and Celebration at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore

Turtle Bay Resort hosts a very nice July 4th celebration capped off with evening fireworks. Food booths, prize giveaways and live music are all included in this family-friendly event that’s open to the public. Independence Day will begin with a 10am Da Hui Paddle Race. Afternoon entertainment begins at 3:30pm. The fireworks show starts at 8:30pm. For more information about the Turtle Bay Resort July 4th events, see this link.

Turtle Bay Resort is located at 57-091 Kamehameha Highway in Kahuku on Oahu’s North Shore. For more information call 808-293-6000.

Oahu Military Celebrations for July 4th

The 43rd annual 4th of July Spectacular is open to Department of Defense ID cardholders and their guests. This event includes games, pony rides, food booths, live music and fireworks and more. Musical guests include Willie K, Third Eye Blind and many more. Fireworks are set to display at 8:30pm. For more details see this link.

4th of July Celebration for Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam is open to all military-affiliated personnel and their sponsored guests. The celebration starts at 3:30 with entertainment, petting zoo, Xpress Train and more. At 7:30 pm, the featured artist, 3 Doors Down, performs followed by fireworks at 9pm. For more details see this link.

What about the annual July 3rd fireworks from Aloha Tower Marketplace?

Aloha Tower Marketplace is undergoing major construction and will not be hosting their July 3rd fireworks as they have in years past.

Will Hilton Hawaiian Village host their usual Friday night Waikiki fireworks on Friday, July 4, 2014?

For safety reasons, the weekly Friday night fireworks display from the Hilton Hawaiian Village will not take place on Friday, July 4, 2014. The display will continue the following week.

Notes:

– Mahalo to all these sponsors and event organizers who make Oahu a special place to celebrate Independence Day!

– All these Oahu events for July 4, 2014 were accurately reported at the time of publishing.

– Updates and details will be provided as and when they are determined. You may want to bookmark this page to check back for additions and changes.

– Events are subject to change without notice.

– Have a safe and happy July 4th whether you’re on Oahu or beyond!

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9 comments
    1. We are not aware of any July 4th fireworks show in Ko Olina this year. We have checked with a few of our normally reliable sources, that have not indicated any special July 4th fireworks event in Ko Olina. If that changes, we’ll come back and make an update. Normally, if Ko Olina hosts a fireworks show it’s on New Year’s Eve, but not on July 4th.

  1. Why do they have to close off most of Magic Island three full days before the fireworks display? What takes so long to prepare?

    1. William – that’s a good question and one that is far beyond our expertise. We suppose that there are many more preparations needed for safety and to create the fireworks show than we can imagine. Enjoy the 4th.

  2. Will there be any camping out at Ala Moana park, to reserve a spot? I know they did that last year and the years before.

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