What to do this Fourth of July weekend


Whether you want to kick back and grill at home, pack up the family for a fireworks show or find some great sales, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a guide for celebrating the long Fourth of July weekend.

Fireworks shows

Ala Moana Center
Independence Day festivities start early on July 3rd and run through the 5th with a 20 percent shopping savings pass at more than 80 participating stores. Show your pass at any participating store for 20 percent off one regular-priced item per store, per day. Catch top local artists at Centerstage daily starting at 3 p.m., including Jordan Segundo, Streetlight Cadence, Kalai Stern and EMKE. Then on July 4, the city’s biggest fireworks display happens at Ala Moana Beach Park from 8:30 p.m. Listen to FM 92.3 KSSK for the coordinated soundtrack. More info

Battleship Missouri
Pack the cooler and fill up your picnic baskets for Battleship Missouri Memorial’s Picnic on the Pier this Fourth of July. Don’t feel like BYO-ing? Gordon Biersch will have food and beer for purchase. The picnic begins at 6 p.m.; fireworks start at 9:05. General admission $10, kids $5, free to Mighty Mo members. Tables are available for reservation. Free parking and shuttle service from Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Tickets available online. More info

Battleship Missouri Memorial

Photo courtesy of Battleship Missouri Memorial

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
Open to DoD ID cardholders and their sponsored guests, the celebration begins at 3 p.m. at Ward Field and includes a petting zoo, batting cage, car show and more. Special guests Dishwalla and O.A.R. take the stage at 7:30 p.m.; fireworks start at 9. More info

Kailua Fireworks and Airshow
New to this year’s festivities, an acrobatic airshow by Clint Churchill and Hank Bruckner over the water at Kailua Beach Park opens the show at 6 p.m. Then at 8, there’s an aerial fireworks display. Parking is available at Kainalu, Kailua and Lanikai elementary schools and at Kailua Intermediate. Additionally, a shuttle will run from Macy’s Kailua to the beach park until 10:30 p.m. More info

Ko Olina Resort
For those lucky enough to spend the Independence Day in the lap of luxury, Ko Olina Resort will treat guests to a private fireworks show starting at 8:30 p.m. Public access beach parking closes at sunset and street parking on resort grounds will be prohibited.

Set sail aboard Atlantis Cruises’ Navatek cruise vessel and celebrate America’s birthday on the blue seas off Waikiki, Diamond Head and the South Shore. Enjoy an American-inspired dinner as part of the Sunset Dinner Cruise. More info

Schofield Barracks
Open to DoD ID cardholders and their sponsored guests, the 44th Annual Fourth of July Spectacular starts at 10 a.m. with food booths, eating contests, game booths, pony rides, mini golf and more. Live entertainment by Michelle Branch and Collective Soul begins at 3:30 p.m. At 8:30, enjoy the large fireworks display. More info

Photo by Tracy Chan

Photo by Tracy Chan

Star of Honolulu
Take a cruise on the Star of Honolulu or Starlite for a great view of the Ala Moana fireworks show. Kama’aina and military personnel receive a special discount. More info

Turtle Bay Resort
Venture out to the North Shore for food, fun and fireworks at the Turtle Bay Resort West Lawn! Dive into the festivities with the 37th Annual Da Hui Paddle Race, kicking off at 9:45 a.m. (Register here.) On the hook for food, Eat the Street makes its first stop on the North Shore with a lineup of over 30 trucks. Ron Artis II, Kaala Boys, Bayonics and Irie Love provide entertainment starting at 3 p.m. At 8:30, a free public fireworks show gets under way on the resort’s west lawn. Gates open at 2 p.m. and event parking is just $5. More info

Parties, parades and food

Kailua Independence Day Parade
The parade begins at 10 a.m. and features 200 marchers, 40 vehicles, 40 floats and four bands. The parade route starts at Kainalu Drive and Omao Street and ends at Kailua intermediate school. More info

MW Restaurant
MW is selling marinated kalbi shortribs, garlic ahi steaks, kim chee potato salad and more for home grillers wanting something special. Pre-order by July 2. See the menu

Epilepsy Foundation Freedom Run
Timed 5K and 10K runs and a one-mile walk benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii. Last year, 600 participants rallied to increase epilepsy awareness and raise money to continue the fight for freedom from seizures. Race starts at 7 a.m. at Kailua High School. More info

The Pig and the Lady
Chef Andrew Le and in-house butcher Chuck Wakeman are prepping some smoked brisket, spare ribs, pork jowl carnitas plus more meaty treats to throw on the grill. Pre-order by July 3 at 4 p.m. and pick up at the restaurant 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the 4th. Place your order here. Early risers can get their P&L fix at their KCC Farmers Market booth at 8 a.m. More info

Photo by Eric Baranda

Photo by Eric Baranda

Ideas for July 3

FIND ART at the Hawaii State Art Museum
The Hawaii State Art Museum hosts FIND ART, an Art+Flea arts and music festival, on the lawn and museum grounds. Presented by the Friends of HiSAM and FLUX Hawaii, FIND ART will feature more than 25 vendors, live performances and arts workshops by HiSAM-supported artists. There’ll be a no-host bar by Kona Brewing Co., Koloa Rum Co. and Barefoot Wine. FIND ART is free and open to the public. More info.

photo-516Moʻiliʻili Summer Fest
Don your nicest happi coat and slip on those geta. Moiliili Summer Fest attracts thousands from far and wide for oishii food, family-friendly entertainment and Honolulu’s largest bon dance. The event is a collaboration between the Moiliili Hongwanji Mission, Kamehameha Schools, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, Moiliili Community Center and the University of Hawaii. Free parking will be available at the UH music and law school parking lot along the top floor of the structure. A shuttle will run from from the law school to the event from 4:45 to 10:45 p.m.