Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Pearl Harbor is among Hawaii’s most-visited attractions, with an estimated 4,000 people flocking to the national historic landmark each day.
Located on the island of Oahu, just a few miles from Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam is still an active military base and headquarters of the United States Pacific Fleet. It is also the site of the Pearl Harbor National Memorial and Pearl Harbor Historic sites, which includes the iconic USS Arizona Memorial monument, the Battleship Missouri Monument, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum.
Visiting Pearl Harbor requires a bit of planning on any given day; tickets are free, but they are limited and often snatched up quickly, so it is recommended to arrive as early as possible or to reserve your ticket online ahead of time through recreation.gov. As of 2019, tickets can be reserved as far as 60 days ahead of your planned visit, and online reservations include a small fee, but check recreation.gov for the latest information.
Visiting the site on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, however, places increased importance on planning and early arrival.
The National Parks Service operates and maintains the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, so check out their website ahead of time for details on whether you can secure a reservation for any of the National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day events and when to arrive — the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center typically opens at 7 a.m., but on December 7, it opens as early as 6 a.m.; best to check the National Parks Service website beforehand for the latest information.
Another annual December 7 event you shouldn’t miss is the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade down Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. The parade generally takes place in the evening, starting from Fort DeRussy Beach Park, proceeding to Kapiolani Park and closing at the Waikiki Shell.
For more information to help you plan your visit, see our complete Pearl Harbor guide.
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