July 4th Fireworks & Events for Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu 2022

Oahu is a fun and patriotic place to celebrate July 4th. After a couple years of events being on hold, July 4, 2022 is shaping up to be a great year to be on Oahu. Several celebrations and fireworks shows are back in action after a two-year pause. The traditional events are almost, but not completely back to normal

In a bit of an unusual trend for 2022, several Oahu Independence Day events will be held on the days preceding July 4th. If you are a big fan of fireworks, you could potentially observe them at various spots on Oahu on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday this year!

So, let’s look at what’s planned for Independence Day Weekend and July 4, 2022 on Oahu! We’ll list the events mostly in a chronological order.

Friday July 1st

July 1st – Friday Night Fireworks at Hilton Hawaiian Village 2022

Okay, so technically this isn’t an Independence Day event, but it’s a great way to kick of the Independence Day weekend! Hilton Hawaiian Village only just restarted this Friday night tradition in June after more than a two-year hiatus. This Friday night fireworks show on Waikiki Beach is set to start at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday July 2nd

2nd of July Independence Day Concert and Fireworks at Weyand Field,  Scofield Barracks 2022

The Scofield Barracks Independence Day celebration is usually reserved for Department of Defense (DoD) card holders and their guests, but this year’s event is free and open to the public!

This Independence Day celebration is set to take place on Saturday, July 2, 2022 at Weyand Field. It features live concerts, including the headliner Chase Rice, and a fireworks show!

See this link for more details and take note of the prohibited items, COVID pre-screening and identification requirements. Note that non-DoD cardholders must enter through Foote Gate. 

Sunday, July 3rd

Independence Day Fest at Turtle Bay – July 3, 2022

On the North Shore of Oahu, Turtle Bay Resort hosts Ohana Day at Turtle Bay on Sunday, July 3rd. Enjoy live music featuring top local artists and a fireworks show. Doors open at 3:00 p.m. Concerts start at 4:00 p.m. The fireworks show is set to start at 8:00 p.m. See this link for more information and to purchase tickets.

Monday, July 4th

4th of July at Hukilau Marketplace 2022

In Laie, on the North Shore of Oahu, the Hukilau Marketplace will host a fun day of live entertainment, food, free games and fireworks. The festivities will take place on July 4th from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Check their events page for more details.

Kailua Beach 4th of July Fireworks for 2022

The 4th of July fireworks show is back for 2022! It’s set to start at approximately 8:00 p.m on July 4th. Check this page for updates along with parking and shuttle information. Also note that there’s a yellow donate button at the top right on the page.

Oahu North Shore July 4th Festival, Fireworks & Vintage Car Show 2022

The North Shore Chamber of Commerce is hosting the very first annual 4th of July North Shore Festival at Haleiwa Beach Park. This festival opens at 10:00 a.m. Activities throughout the day include a vintage car show, food vendors, live musical entertainment, hula, bounce houses, face painting, food eating contest, and robotics competition. The fireworks show starts at 8:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information see this link. (Note: if their website is down, here’s the flyer for this event that the North Shore Chamber of Commerce posted on their Facebook page.)

2022 Independence Celebration events on Oahu for the military communities (DoD cardholders and authorized guests only) 

The military communities have planned some excellent celebrations for 2022. These events are reserved for Department of Defense ID cardholders and their eligible guests. The public may watch these fireworks shows from afar, but not on base.

  • Joint Base Pearl Harbor & Hickam  plans 4th of July Freedom Fest at Pearl Harbor including family fun, a car show, concerts and fireworks. The live concerts start at 3:30pm. The headliner, Chase Rice, is planned to perform at 7:30pm. The fireworks show is set to start at 9pm. See this link for more information. Updated for
  • Kaneohe Bay MCBH kicks off the Independence Day weekend with a concert featuring Chase Rice on Thursday, June 30th. This event is only open for DoD card holders. See this link for more information. Additionally, on July 4th, MCCS Hawaii plans an exclusive fireworks watch party to watch Kailua’s fireworks. See more about the fireworks watch party here.
  • Also see the July 2nd Independence Day Concerts and Fireworks event at Scofield listed above.

Ala Moana Center Fireworks cancelled for 2022, but free entertainment is planned

Unfortunately, Ala Moana Center fireworks are cancelled for 2022 per this KITV article. The article says, “The highly-anticipated 4th of July fireworks show put on by Ala Moana Center and held at Ala Moana Beach Park is not happening again this year.” Ala Moana Center typically hosts one of the biggest if not the biggest fireworks shows in all of Hawaii. We know this is a disappointment to many. Maybe we’ll have better luck in 2023.

Even though Ala Moana Center won’t be hosting fireworks in 2022, they have a great lineup of free live music and hula performances. This special 4th of July Celebration runs from Thursday, June 30 – Monday, July 4th. See this link for the schedule.

Notes:

  • Events are subject to change without notice. Over the 15-plus years we’ve been following and covering these special events, we have rarely observed any deviations, but they have happened. One year, an event was cancelled altogether with no notice. Another year, there was an issue with a computer motherboard used for the pyrotechnics, which resulted in a last-minute postponement of the fireworks show until July 5th.
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