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Fourth of July in Hawaii



The Fourth of July in Hawaii is just as big as it is in other parts of the United States, and every island offers up its own celebrations and activities. Whether you’re in bustling Honolulu or on the quiet beaches of Kauai, there are plenty of events to make your vacation more exciting.

Here are some of the top Hawaii activities to check out, no matter which island you’re visiting.


On the Fourth of July, Oahu activities abound, especially in Honolulu.

Next to Waikiki, you’ll find the largest fireworks celebration in Hawaii. Ala Moana Center’s annual celebration starts with live entertainment around 5 pm and the fireworks themselves start around 8:30. Fireworks are launched from three separate platforms and are best viewed from the Makai-Ewa Parking Deck of Ala Moana Center.

To enjoy the best view of the fireworks, consider booking a July 4th sunset dinner cruise with the Star of Honolulu. You’ll be able to enjoy multi-course dinners, live entertainment, and a stunning view of the fireworks over Waikiki’s skyline.

If you’re on other parts of Oahu, you may also be able to find fireworks shows and 4th of July events at Kailua, Maunalua Bay, Turtle Bay, and Aloha Tower.


If you’re taking a Maui vacation this year, then Lahaina is probably the place to be.

Lahaina offers a full-day celebration, including live music and entertainment, food, shopping, and more. The celebration will end with a spectacular fireworks display at 8 pm. Fireworks can be viewed from chartered boats throughout the bay or from vantage points within Lahaina itself.


This small island doesn’t have any major urban center, but that doesn’t stop the locals from enjoying the 4th of July. Every year they celebrate their annual Pineapple Festival on July 3rd and July 4th.

There will be crafts, games, activities, prizes, and live entertainment. At 9 pm on July 4th, they hold a fireworks show, and you can take a return ferry to Lahaina at 10 pm.


This gorgeous, quiet island offers several options if you’re staying there on the Fourth of July. You can enjoy a quiet picnic on the beach with friends and family, or you can join one of Kauai’s activities that take place on the 4th.

On Kauai’s west side, you can join America’s Most West Freedom Fest. This free festival has food, entertainment, games, rides, and a fireworks show. Doors are open from 4 pm until midnight, and the fireworks start at 9:45 pm. In 2014, this event took place on July 3rd. For more details, call (808) 335-4446.

Every year, Kauai Hospice holds “the largest fireworks show on Kauai” at the Vidinha Soccer Field in Lihue. Tickets are available in advance or at the gate.

You can also purchase your own fireworks permit for $25…just remember to stay safe!


The Big Island has its own selection of Independence Day celebrations.

Every year, Hilo hosts its own activities and fireworks show, called Hilo Bay Blast. Live music will start at 7 pm, followed by fireworks at 8 pm.

Volcano Village hosts a Fourth of July parade, which begins at 9 am at the Volcano Post Office and ends at the Cooper Community Center. There are plenty of things to do at the celebration, including music, games, food booths, and more.

Waikoloa Beach Resort also holds its own celebration, including a rubber ducky race, lots of kid-friendly events, and a fireworks extravaganza. This drug- and alcohol-free event is fun for the whole family.

No matter where your Hawaii vacation takes you in 2015, you’ll be able to find Fourth of July fireworks celebrations that the whole family can enjoy.

Please remember popular Hawaii tours and Hawaii activities tend to sell out frequently. We highly recommend making reservations well in advance.