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The Fourth of July, the day that we, as Americans, celebrate our nation’s independence is a national holiday characterized by backyard barbecues, impressive fireworks displays, and a pervasive pride in our nation’s proud history of liberty and freedom.

What the actual date commemorates, however, is not as widely understood as the fact that it’s a day off from work for most of us. July 4 marks not when the war of independence began, or ended, but rather the date of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. It was the date that a group of representatives from thirteen colonies in North America formerly asserted their right to independence from British rule. The war for independence had already begun when the Declaration of Independence was written and signed.


As one of the 50 United States, Hawaii celebrates the Fourth of July with a passion and fervor equal to the other, continental states. On Wednesday, July 3, the Aloha Tower Marketplace will hold a fireworks display and celebration beginning at 5:00 p.m., with the fireworks going off at 8:45 p.m.

On July 4, Hawaii’s largest fireworks display takes place at Magic Island in Ala Moana Beach Park. More than 30,000 people are expected to attend the annual, family-friendly event.

*Roberts Hawaii offers a Fourth of July catamaran cruise (July 3rd & 4th) with an exceptional view of the Magic Island display.

Another large fireworks display also takes place on Oahu on July 4, in Kailua. After some uncertainty regarding funding for what has also become an annual, family-friendly event, the funds have come through and beloved Kailua parade and fireworks event will carry on as planned. The Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore will also hold a celebration including food, live music, and a fireworks display.

Oahu’s military community will participate in the celebration of Independence Day, with parades and other events planned at Hickam Air Force Base and Schofield Barracks.

On Friday, July 5, the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki will also honor Independence Day with its weekly fireworks display.


Hawaii’s Neighbor Islands will also celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. On the Big Island of Hawaii, Hilo and Kona will hold large events, including food, family fun, and fireworks. Parker Ranch, the largest privately-owned ranch in the United States will hold its annual 4th of July Horseraces and Rodeo.

On Maui, a fireworks display will be held in Lahaina on July 4. On Kauai, a celebration and fireworks are planned at Vidinha Stadium in Lihue.