First things first: don’t forget to wear your freedom outfit because ‘MERICA!
4th of July in Hawaii is one of the busiest weekends of the year. Military bases are off, some workplaces institute a 3-4 day weekend and it’s the peak of summer where college students come in throngs. The question then becomes “what is there to do in Hawaii?” Apart from staying home or in your hotel to avoid crowds, here are a few alternatives to get out and enjoy your freedom like a patriot.
If you’re in the military, or have friends who are, rent a 6-person boat or a pontoon and head to the Kaneohe Sandbar.
Visit here for more info on how to obtain a boating license and where you can rent a boat/pontoon. If you aren’t in the military, then hopefully a friend or family member has a boat they can take you out on, but don’t worry there are many other alternatives you can do to enjoy your 4th!
On a side note, if you REALLY want to get to the sand bar but have no boat or ride, you can always paddle out from He’eia pier, or the neighboring coast of Kaneohe Bay, via kayak. Great workout and once you’re there it’ll be easy to make new friends. The sandbar will be packed with boats and barbecue enthusiasts.
Go to a pool! Free, clean, and safe for the family. Military have Hickam/Pearl Harbor, Schofield, Marine Corps Base Hawaii for some nice pools. There are more than a dozen public pools throughout Oahu making it very convenient for wherever you live/are visiting. The most popular public pool with great reviews is Manoa Pool.
Barbecuing and drinking are synonymous with Independence Day so what better way to enjoy a long weekend than have a good old fashion BBQ at the beach?! Ala Moana Beach Park is a prime spot to enjoy the day: Free parking (GET THERE EARLY) and after a day at the beach, cozy up and enjoy the night time fireworks from Magic Island.
If you want to see fireworks (see schedule below) then Town (Honolulu/Waikiki/Military Bases) is the place to be. However, if you don’t mind missing out on fireworks and just want to enjoy a pleasant holiday with some friends and family then head to the North Shore. Waimea Bay would be your best spot up north with bathroom facilities conveniently located on the beach along with a dedicated parking lot. Again, arrive early for a decent parking space! Lanikai and Kailua Beach are also great spots to enjoy the beach but be warned, during major holidays no parking on the street is allowed.
Hungry? EAT THE STREET is a great family activity with great tasting themes. Food trucks from all over the island will be there serving their best. Live entertainment by local artists and activities will be provided as well! After gorging down a scrumptious meal, stay and enjoy fireworks! Food will be served 2-8 P.M. (14:00-20:00).
Firework schedule on 4th of July:
- Turtle Bay Resort at 8 pm
- 57-091 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, HI 96731 (Eat the Street event)
- Kailua Beach Park at 8:30 pm
- 526 Kawailoa Rd, Kailua, HI 96734
- Ala Moana Regional Park, at 8:30 pm
- 1201 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814 (closest to Waikiki)
- Ko Olina at 8:30 pm
- 92-1480 Aliinui Drive Ko Olina, HI 96707 USA (Fireworks display provided for resort guests. The public access beach parking closes at sunset. Street parking at Ko Olina will be prohibited.)
- Schofield Barracks at 8:30 pm
Weyand Field, Wahiawa, HI 96786 (Open to military personnel and their guests only.)
- Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam at 9 pm
Ward Field, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI 96860 (Open to military personnel and their guests only.)
There you have it, a few reasonable ideas to kick start your 4th of July weekend. Top sum things up: ARRIVE EARLY! No matter what you do or where you go 4th of July is one, if not THE biggest holiday weekends in Hawaii so if you want a good spot and parking, be there early. Don’t worry, after settling in you can take a nap in your comfortable little spot! Also make sure that you have a clear view of fireworks when finding a location for your set up.
HAPPY 240th BIRTHDAY AMERICA!
“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”
– Harry S Truman