2018 Guide to Honolulu Fourth of July Fireworks Shows and Entertainment

Celebrate America’s freedom with these patriotic events.


Ala Moana Beach Park

Fourth of July Ala Moana Beach Park
Photo: Courtesy of Ala Moana Center


For the 27th year, Ala Moana Center will be hosting Hawaiʻi’s largest Fourth of July fireworks show. Tune in to FM 92.3 KSSK for music to accompany the explosions in the sky. 

Free, 8:30 p.m., Ala Moana Beach Park, 1201 Ala Moana Blvd. alamoanacenter.com


Hukilau Marketplace Fireworks

Kids can jump in a bounce house, play carnival games and get free balloon animals at this event next to the Polynesian Cultural Center. Josh Tatofi, Kapena, B.E.T. and Kekoa Kane will also perform before the fireworks begin. Food will be available for purchase.

Free, activities begin at 4 p.m., the fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Hukilau Marketplace, 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Lā‘ie. hukilaumarketplace.com


Kailua Beach Fireworks

At Kailua Beach, people will not only be able to enjoy the traditional fireworks display, but also a pre-firework air show. At 5:45 p.m., look up to watch Skydive Hawaiʻi presenting Colonel John Bates and the Flying Leathernecks. Parking is available starting at 3 p.m. at Kailua Intermediate School, Kailua Town Center, Kainalu and Lanikai elementary schools. A free shuttle will pick up people from the old Macy’s parking lot.

Free, fireworks begin at 8 p.m. Kailua Beach Park, 526 Kawailoa Road, Kailua, kailuafireworks.net


Picnic on the Pier

Head over to Pearl Harbor for a family picnic to celebrate Independence Day. If you don’t feel like packing food for your picnic, Gordon Biersch will also be serving some dishes and drinks. In addition to the traditional fireworks, there will also be raffle prizes, keiki activities and complimentary tours of the Battleship Missouri Memorial.

$10 for adults ($15 on the day), $5 for children 4-12 ($10 on the day).  Activities begin at 6 p.m. The Battleship Missouri Memorial, 63 Cowpens St., Honolulu, ussmissouri.org


Other Fun

Freedom Run and Walk

Fourth of July Freedom Run and Wak
Photo: Courtesy of Epilepsy Foundation Hawaiʻi


Run 5K or 10K or walk a mile to help raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation. All options begin and end at Kailua High School with an awards ceremony held immediately after the race.

Registration is $20 to $100. Onsite registration begins at 6 a.m. with the run and walk beginning at 7 a.m. Kailua High School, 451 Ulumanu Drive, Kailua, epilepsyhawaii.org


Da Hui Paddle Board Race

Fourth of July Da Hui Paddle Board Race
Photo: Courtesy of Da Hui


Da Hui Paddle Board Race heads out to the water of the North Shore on the fourth. There are two courses for those of different experience levels; the short course is 4 miles from Sunset Beach to Waimea Bay. The long course is 7 miles from Turtle Bay Resort to Waimea Bay. Or bring your beach towel and simply watch from the shore.

$30 to $60 depending on the length of the course and the number of team members, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., dahuipaddlerace.dahui.com


Atlantis Fourth of July Cruise

Atlantis Cruise’s Majestic will take people out on the water to watch the fireworks. Passenger’s tickets come with either appetizers or a buffet of traditional American dishes such as country fried chicken, BBQ pork sliders and warm apple pie squares. Both packages include a view of Fourth of July fireworks.

$89 to $164, 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. Atlantis Cruises Majestic, Pier 6, atlantisadventures.com


Star of Honolulu 2018 Independence Day Cruise

The Star of Honolulu is providing a variety of Independence Day celebrations aboard its decks. While all come with a view of Waikīkī and Fourth of July fireworks, each package varies from a few cocktails to a seven-course meal at a private table.

$74 to $248, 6:15 to 9:15 p.m., Aloha Tower Marketplace, 1 Aloha Tower Drive, starofhonolulu.com