Best time to go to Hawaii

4th of July 2020

Fireworks and celebrations all over Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island

4th of July in Hawaii 2019 - Best Time
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Enjoy Independence Day extravaganza at its best while relaxing at an island resort. Fireworks light up the skies as the 50th state celebrates America's birthday across the Hawaiian Islands.

On Oahu, crowds gather in Ala Moana Beach Park for one of the largest free pyrotechnic shows in the state. The display usually begins at around 8:30 pm, but visitors are encouraged to find a spot on the beach a couple of hours in advance. The fireworks are often accompanied by music.

4th of July Fireworks - Ford Island 2020
4th of July Fireworks - Ford Island

North Shore Fireworks in Turtle Bay Resort on the northern tip of Oahu is another chance to honor the holiday. The evening starts with Hawaiian music at Surfer Bar, followed by fireworks at 9 pm and DJ sets until dawn.

Kailua, which is on the east coast of Oahu celebrates Independence Day with a massive fireworks and air show. It starts with breathtaking aerial acrobatics and skydiving at 5:45 pm. The fireworks are launched from a mobile barge in Kailua Bay at 8 pm. The pyrotechnic show can be best seen at Kailua Beach Park where visitors can also find many vendors and entertainment.

Oahu's east coast celebrations don't end here. Fourth of July Concert and Fireworks also take place at Hukilau Marketplace in the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie. Local musicians play live music, and there are bounce houses, mechanical bulls, an obstacle course, and other entertainment including fireworks at 9 pm.

Maui's most significant celebration takes place in Lahaina. There is a festive fireworks show at 8 pm and an old-fashioned celebration at Front Street, featuring vendors, entertainment, food, and keiki activities and more. Lahaina’s oceanside Front Street is pedestrian only from 4 pm to 9 pm. Bands play music right on the street, and numerous cafes and restaurants invite customers to sit down and watch fireworks.

Lahaina fireworks taken from Ka'anapali Beach 2020
Lahaina fireworks taken from Ka'anapali Beach

On Kauai Island, Kekaha Fireworks is the most captivating 4th of July experience on the sunny west coast. The celebration that is called Concert in the Sky features cultural performances, demonstrations, exhibits, arts and crafts booths, fun games, live music, and delicious food and much more from 10 am to 10 pm. The biggest fireworks show on the island starts at 9 pm.

Kekaha Fireworks 2020
Kekaha Fireworks

In Lihue, Kauai Hospice’s Annual Concert in the Sky takes place every year at Vidinha Stadium. Prior to fireworks, the family-friendly event features live music, games, activities for kids, and shopping. All the procedes from the festival go to charity.

Hawaii’s Big Island is lovely when lit up by fireworks over Hilo and Kailua Bays. The annual Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade & Fireworks Extravaganza is the biggest 4th of July celebration on the island. The parade begins at 6 pm with vibrant floats, musical acts and color guards marching through the street. It is followed by dazzling fireworks over Kailua Bay at 8 pm.

Queens’ Marketplace and Queen's Gardens in Waikoloa Village on the Big Island also host 4th of July celebration starting from games in the afternoon, followed by kids' fun, and music at the Coronation Pavillion culminating with fireworks.

Hilo Bay on the east coast of the Hawaii Island hosts a barbecue cook-off challenge, water slides, bounce houses, and a car show before the grand finale fireworks display on the 4th of July.

What can be more American than a rodeo? Parker Ranch’s Annual July 4th Horse races & Rodeo is a traditional event that features music, great food, and an exciting show. Even though it doesn't feature fireworks, Parker Ranch rodeo is one of the most popular events on the Big Island.

Turtle Independence Day Celebration at Mauna Lani Bay is a major 4th of July attraction in Kohala Coast on the western shores of the Hawaii Island. The traditional festivities feature the release of Juvenile honu into the wild (Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles that were bred locally in the saltwater ponds). The little Volcano Village hosts a parade and hoolaulea along Old Volcano Road and lots of festivities.

Turtle Independence Day at Mauna Lani Bay 2020
Turtle Independence Day at Mauna Lani Bay
Turtle Independence Day at Mauna Lani Bay 2020
Turtle Independence Day at Mauna Lani Bay