Where to Watch 4th of July Fireworks Shows

By Andy Beth Miller
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Fireworks over the water off of Lahaina, Maui. Photo courtesy of belindah via flickr.

2018 Fireworks Shows in Hawaii

In the islands, we really know how to dazzle ‘em when it comes to celebrating Independence Day. This Fourth of July, join the Aloha State in celebrating freedom with exciting firework shows and other fun festivities. We’ve gathered below your best bets for this holiday’s choicest entertainment, no matter which Hawaiian island you may find yourself on in 2018.


Ala Moana Beach Park Fireworks

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Ala Moana Beach Park on 4th of July. Photo courtesy of Kyle Nishioka via flickr.

On Oahu, Ala Moana Beach Park is the place to be when on Oahu during the 4th of July festivities. Here, island residents and visitors alike converge for a free (and huge!) fireworks show that never disappoints. Usually beginning around 8:30 p.m., this dazzling display ignites the sky and draws thousands — both in person at the park and listeners from home via a live radio broadcast of the event!

North Shore Fireworks

Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore also sparks interests with its stunning Independence Day celebration. Surfer, The Bar opens at 7pm offering guests an evening of live Hawaiian music with Kawika Kahiapo. Fireworks show at 9 p.m.  DJ Wizz will play until close.  $10 cover at the door.  21+ years and older are welcome.

Kailua Fireworks
Kailua Fireworks 2
The beach town of Kailua celebrates its 4th of July festivities by hosting a crackling display of fireworks at Kailua Beach Park. The event is made possible each year by local businesses’ and residents’ donations and sponsorships and is enjoyed by all. This year, attendees can also look forward to a pre-fireworks skydiving show at 6:00 p.m., followed by an aerial fireworks display at 8:00 p.m.  See their website for the most up-to-date information.


Lahaina Fireworks

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Lahaina lightens things up in Maui with its festive fireworks show, featuring an old-fashioned Independence Day celebration before the bam, bang, boom of rainbow explosions begin! Guests may also enjoy awaiting the fireworks by strolling along the town’s charming Front Street, filled with fun, food, shopping, keiki activities and more. The show begins around 8 p.m.  Check Lahaina Town’s Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.


Kekaha Fireworks

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A captivating show over the Concert in the Sky. Photo courtesy of Larry Loos via flickr.

The 4th of July festivities keep coming on Kauai, with a free annual fireworks show held on the island’s sunny west side, in Kekaha. An entire afternoon extravaganza invites guests to enjoy cultural demonstrations, exhibits, crafts, keiki activities and more…and that’s still before ending the day with a spectacular fireworks show!  Activities from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Lihue Fireworks

Photo courtesy of Larry Loos via flickr.

A Tahitian dance performance at the Concert in the Sky. Photo courtesy of Larry Loos via flickr.

Also to be enjoyed is Kauai Hospice’s Annual Concert in the Sky featuring the biggest fireworks show on the island, fun games, live music and delicious food. The best part about this event? All of the fun and games are contributing to supporting a good cause. The show will take place at Vidinha Stadium in Lihue. Visit kauaihospice.org/kauai-events for more info.

Hawaii’s Big Island

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Fireworks over Hilo Bay. Photo courtesy of Keoni Dibelka via flickr.

Kailua-Kona keeps things hoppin’ with its annual Independence Day Parade & Fireworks Extravaganza, happening from 6- 9 p.m. The fun begins with a joyful parade, which is immediately followed by a grand display of fireworks bursting in prismatic light over Kailua Bay.  Visit www.paradesinkona.com for more information.

Queens’ Marketplace is hosting its exciting 4th of July celebration in 2018, opening wide its gates at noon for an entire day of shared family fun, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display over Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens.

Parker Ranch’s Annual July 4th Horse races & Rodeo, while not featuring fireworks, is still filled with so much to celebrate, including fast-paced horse races, rodeo events, pony rides, near endless food and more.  Visit parkerranch.com for more information.

Turtle Independence Day Celebration at Mauna Lani Bay

Turtle Independence Day at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows. Photo: troymckaskle.

Turtle Independence Day at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows. Photo: troymckaskle.

No fireworks here, but we couldn’t leave out this fun event on the Big Island’s Kohala Coast. Join Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows for their annual Turtle Independence Day Celebration. Juvenile honu (Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles) raised in the saltwater ponds of the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel will be released into the wild.

Hawaii’s Big Island, with its numerous options ranging from Kailua-Kona in the West to Hilo Bay’s historic harbor in the East — and a wealth of resorts in-between — provides plenty of fireworks for the entire family to enjoy. More information may be found by clicking here and scrolling down to help you choose the best fit for you.

Enjoy the Fireworks Shows in Hawaii

No matter what island you find yourself on this Fourth of July, choose any one of these fun family-friendly options, and you’re sure to start your month off with a bang!

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