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8 Fourth of July Firework Shows and Entertainment in Honolulu

Here are the best places to celebrate Fourth of July on O‘ahu.


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Photo: Aaron Bernard 

 

North Shore

Turtle Bay Resort #FabledFourth Fireworks

Celebrate Independence Day with Eat The Street. If you were thinking about grilling up steaks at home, now you don’t have to, because food trucks will be serving up all kinds of barbecue dishes. Soothe your soul with music from Hale‘iwa musician Ron Artis II, and listen to reggae by Irie Love and The Bayonics. For adults who want to stay out late, check out the July Fourth after-party at Surfer, The Bar.

2 to 9 p.m., #FabledFourth fireworks show at 8:30 p.m., West Lawn, turtlebayresort.com

 

Polynesian Cultural Center

Do something different this year and make a journey to Hukilau Marketplace at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Mom or dad can show off their grilling skills at the barbecue cook-off and the keiki can compete in hot dog and watermelon-eating contest. Don’t kanak yet because there will also be a free concert by B.E.T and Ron Artis. There isn’t a fireworks show at this event, but you can watch The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on the lawn.

11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., polynesia.com

 


Town

Ala Moana Beach Park

If you don’t feel like traveling out of town, Ala Moana Center will have its 24th annual fireworks display at Magic Island. Before heading to the fireworks show, stop by Centerstage to enjoy entertainment by Drill Team Hawai‘i, Natalie Ai Kamauu, Aidan James and The Rising Sons and Rocky Brown and DeShannon Higa. Ala Moana Center will not have a designated spectator zone, so youre encouraged to watch the fireworks show from Ala Moana Beach Park. A live soundtrack by KSSK will accompany the fireworks show.

 

There will be free parking after 1 p.m. in the parking structure above Shokudo, between Kapi‘olani Blvd. and Kona Street. You can enter the structure on Kona Street behind Shokudo. You can also park above Bank of Hawai’i after 1 p.m., and there will also be complimentary valet parking on Mall Level 2 outside of Banana Republic, Morton’s The Steakhouse and Longhi’s Restaurant. 

Free parking at Ala Moana Center, $10 parking fee at Hawai‘i Convention Center, Live entertainment at Centerstage starts at 3 p.m., 8:30 p.m., Magic Island, Tune into FM 92.3 for the live soundtrack by KSSK. 

 

'Merica! – A Downtown Bar Hop

If you’re 21 or older, you can party at eight different bars in downtown Honolulu. Purchase a $35 bar-hop card and get one drink per venue and access to Bar 35, Manifest, Smith & King’s, Next Door, Downbeat, eleven44, JJ Dolan’s and Fresh Café. Military members get 10 percent off at all venues.

$35, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., purchase tickets here 

 

Independence Day Cruise

Celebrate the Fourth of July on the Star of Honolulu or Dolphin Star. Enjoy 360-degree views of the sunset and fireworks show on a boat with a French style, seven-, five-, or three- course dinner.

$104–$244, cruise departs at 6:15 p.m., starofhonolulu.com

 


Windward

Kailua Beach Fireworks

Does your keiki like to see planes do cool tricks in the air? Take the family out to Kailua Beach Park to get the best views of the annual Twilight Airshow held over Kailua Bay. Following the airshow will be a performance by the Marine Corps Marching band. The fireworks display starts at 8 p.m.

6 to 9 p.m., kailuafireworks.net

 


Leeward

44th Annual Fourth of July Spectacular at Schofield Barracks

If all you wanted to see was Michelle Branch, now you can. She will be performing at Schofield’s annual Fourth of July Spectacular. Collective Soul and some local bands will be performing as well. The all-day event has a lot of activities for the keiki, which include pony rides and a petting zoo. The fireworks display will start at 8:30 p.m. at the commissary parking lot. This free event is open to military members and their guests only.

10 a.m., fireworks start at 8:30 p.m., himwr.com

 

Fourth of July Celebration at Pearl Harbor-Hickam

Military members and their guests can take their kids out to this Fourth of July celebration. There will be activities for keiki to enjoy, some of them free. If you’re hungry, you can purchase some ‘ono grinds from Kau Kau Grill, The Alley and Tin Hut BBQ, just to name a few. There will also be a performance and autograph session by Red Bull streetbike stunt rider Aaron Colton. Adults can relax at the beer garden while waiting for Dishwalla and O.A.R. to perform.

3 p.m. (Aaron Colton, 4:30 p.m., Dishwalla, 5 p.m., O.A.R., 7:30 p.m.), greatlifehawaii.com

 

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