Our Neighborhood Experts rounded up the best family-friendly and firework-filled activities and events to celebrate this Fourth of July. Falling on a Thursday this year, there are a variety of annual firework shows, parades, and performances to enjoy with friends and family across the island.
Ala Moana Beach Park
The 28th annual fireworks spectacular, sponsored by Ala Moana Shopping Center, kicks off at the beach park at 8:30 p.m. From July 4-7, shoppers can enjoy exclusive Independence Day deals, along with live music and performances at the shopping center.
Pearl Harbor’s 4th of July celebration offers kid-friendly activities, including a petting zoo, archery, an Xpress train, inflatables and other carnival games. Local food stands and a beer garden will be available for adults. For a detailed list of activities and events at Ward Field.
4th of July Dinner at Longhi's Ko Olina
6:30 - 9 p.m.
Longhi's Italian restaurant at Ko Olina is hosting a special four-course dinner with a prime view of the fireworks show at 8:30 p.m. For menu and reservations, click here.
4th of July Spectacular, Schofield Barracks
10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Fireworks begin at 8:30 p.m., but arrive early to enjoy food, drinks, games and live performances by Anuhea and David Nail. Picnic space may be reserved for $95.
41st Annual Da Hui Paddle Race
Register to participate at this year’s Da Hui Stand-up Paddle Race or pack a picnic and have a cruise day at Waimea Bay to support the paddlers crossing the finish line. Lifeguards will host free keiki races and events on the beach.
4th of July Events at Turtle Bay Resort
Noon - 9:30 p.m.
Turtle Bay Resort will host a variety of events for the whole family this Independence Day. At Kuilima Point, from noon to 4 p.m., there will be pie-eating contests, bounce houses, face painting, games and local food vendors will be on site from 2 - 8 p.m.
From 5 to 9:30 p.m., enjoy a panoramic view of the sunset and firework show at The Point - Sunset & Pool Bar, with live music by Big John Blues and Kapena. To reserve a table, click here.
Turtle Bay will also offer a VIP four-course dinner on the Pa'akai Lanai, with premier viewing of the entertainment stage and the best view of the fireworks. To reserve a table on the Lanai, click here. These events are open to the public, while spaces last. For more event details, click here.
The Epilepsy Foundation Freedom Run
The annual Freedom run/walk begins at Kailua High School and includes the Freedom 5K, 10K or 1 mile walk. Help the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy in Hawaii by joining the race or supporting runners. Register here.
73rd Kailua Independence Day Parade
10 a.m. – noon
Sponsored by the Kailua Chamber of Commerce, the Annual Kailua Independence Parade, featuring bands, military and veterans marching units, horses and more, begins at Kainalu Drive from Palapu Street and ends at Kailua Intermediate School. Find a spot early for the best view, and don’t forget to pack sunscreen and water! For a map of the parade route and more information click here.
68th Annual Kailua Beach Fireworks
Festivities begin at 5:45 p.m., and include an acrobatic air show with SkyDive Hawaii, - presenting, Colonel John Bates and the Flying Leathernecks. For event details, click here.
July 4th Fireworks Sail
Set sail from Lahina with Pacific Whale Foundation and take in a gorgeous Maui sunset followed by fireworks over the ocean. Book here.
Front Street Fireworks
Head on down to Front Street in Lahaina for an old-fashioned Independence Day celebration featuring music, food, keiki activities and more. The annual fireworks show begins at 8 p.m.
Have a safe and fun-filled Fourth of July! And don't forget, aerial fireworks are illegal without a valid permit.