It’s a day that will live in infamy. And 75 years later, the events of that day, on a small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, will be remembered and honored not just in Hawaii and across the United States, but around the world.
The theme of this year’s ceremonies, “Honoring the past, inspiring the future,” aims not just to remember the events of Pearl Harbor but to bring it forward so that today’s generation can know about and understand its impact on history.
It will bring together the living survivors of the attack – likely for the last time – with more than 50 events taking place over the course of two weeks. These events include everything from movie screenings to musical concerts as well as parades and memorials. Most are free and open to the public.
Throughout the day on December 7, reflection ceremonies will take place all day starting from 7:45 a.m. through 7:30 p.m. starting with the National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration at Kilo Pier. A few of the major events taking place at this year’s Pearl Harbor 75th Remembrance Day on December 7 include:
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration
7:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., Kilo Pier, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
This year’s Remembrance Day Commemoration is co-hosted by the National Park Service and the United States Navy and supported by the City and County of Honolulu, the State of Hawaii and the Governor's Office, members of Hawaii's congressional delegation, and other branches of the U.S. military. As a result of strict security, guests will not be allowed to bring in handbags, purses, camera bags or other items that offer concealment. Small personal cameras, cell phones, wallets, and bottled water will be allowed. A photo ID will be required.
For guests not able to attend the ceremony, a live stream will be available at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center theaters from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. as well as online.
Public parking will be available at Aloha Stadium starting from 4 a.m. Shuttles will start operating at 4:30 a.m. Entry into the Aloha Stadium parking areas can be accessed through Gate 3 & 4, located off Salt Lake Blvd. westbound adjacent to Kamehameha Highway.
75th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Mass Band Performance
Noon to 1 p.m., Battleship Missouri Memorial
In honor of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a mass band performance will bring together more than 1,000 student musicians who will perform to pay respect and remember that day’s events. The performance, "A Gift of Music" will also be available by live stream.
Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade and Public Ceremony
4:30–7:30 p.m., Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki
The Memorial Parade honors the remaining Pearl Harbor survivors as grand marshals of the parade. Presented by the History Channel, the event also recognizes all veterans, active duty military members and their families. The parade route begins at Ft. DeRussy and travels to Kapiolani Park along Kalakaua Avenue through Waikiki.
For a full list of Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary events click here.