VIDEO: Fourth of July fireworks shows across the state

This year, the Fourth of July holiday fell on a Tuesday, and dazzling aerial fireworks displays were held across the state.

KHON2 live-streamed the fireworks at Ala Moana. Watch the video to see the show in its entirety.

Thousands came out to watch the show in person, and several lane and entrance closures were in effect to accommodate the crowd.

In Kailua, the show began at 8 p.m., capping off a day-long celebration that included a parade, acrobatic air show, and live entertainment.

Over on Maui, Front Street was closed for the celebration and annual fireworks show.

Viewer Rachael Johnson shared these images of the festivities in Lahaina:

Fireworks Displays
Firing times are approximate


  • Turtle Bay Resort: 8 p.m.
  • Kailua Beach Park: 8 p.m.*
  • Magic Island, Ala Moana Regional Park: 8:30 p.m.**
  • Ko Olina: 8:30 p.m.
    • The public access beach parking closes at sunset, street parking at Ko Olina will be prohibited
  • Schofield Barracks: 8:30 p.m.
    • Open to the public
  • Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam: 9:15 p.m.
    • Open to military personnel and their guests only

*Alexander & Baldwin will be providing complimentary shuttle service to Kailua Beach to help ease traffic congestion. Attendees are welcome to park for free at any of A&B’s retail locations in Kailua Town. The shuttle will stop at the former Macy’s parking lot and Kailua Elementary School beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4, and will transport passengers to Kailua Beach Center for the show approximately every 20 to 30 minutes. The last pick-up before the fireworks begin will be at 7:20 p.m. The last return trip to Downtown Kailua will be at 10:20 p.m.

The city reminds the public to minimize their trash, properly dispose of large items, and take out whatever they bring in. Normal park rules will be enforced: no alcohol, no smoking, no camping/camping tents (pop-up tents that are not fully enclosed will be allowed). Dogs can traverse the park on a leash and are allowed on the beach.

**Shoppers should be advised of the following parking and transportation updates that will be in effect on Tuesday, July 4. The Ala Moana Building (Bank of Hawaii) and Ala Moana Pacific Center (Shokudo Building) will offer free parking after 1 p.m. Visitors leaving Ala Moana Center should exit toward the mauka side of the property. All exits along Ala Moana Boulevard will be closed. Both Ala Moana Boulevard and Kona Street will be closed by 8 p.m. The Mauka Trolley Depot and Bloomingdale’s Trolley Depot will close at 6:30 p.m. The Ala Moana Boulevard Trolley Depot will close at 7:30 p.m.

Related Story: Overnight stays allowed at Ala Moana park for Fourth of July

Hawaii island

Kailua Bay: 8 p.m.

The 10-minute fireworks show by Hawaii Explosives and Pyrotechnics is produced off a barge with widespread visibility.

The festivities begin earlier in the afternoon with the 22nd annual Kailua-Kona Independence Parade at 6 p.m. The route begins at Kona Kekuaokalani Gym near the Kona Old Airport and proceeds down Kuakini Highway and Palani Road to Alii Drive, finishing at Coconut Grove Marketplace.

Hilo Bay: 8 p.m.

In order to give the public additional viewing area for the fireworks, Lihiwai Street which runs through Liliuokalani Gardens will be closed and blocked for the entire day on the Fourth of July. The road will re-open on July 5.

Additional parking will be available at the Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium grounds on the paved, Piilani Street side. Mass transit will provide free shuttle service to and from the Bayfront area beginning at 10 a.m. and will run continuously to 9 p.m. Pick-up and drop-off will be at the covered front entrance to the Civic.

In an effort to make the Bayfront Shoreline accessible for prime fireworks viewing, the Bayfront Highway will be closed from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4. Gates at the Mooheau Bus Terminal, Mooheau Park Ball Field and adjacent Soccer Field will be opened to allow access to this area during the fireworks exhibition.

Additional details on the Hilo Bay Blast:

The Salute to Our Veterans Hilo Bay 5K Run/Walk at Liliuokalani Gardens begins at 7 a.m. Children’s activities will be available at the Mooheau Ball Field and will feature water slides, bouncers and the Wicked Bowls wagon. The cultural BBQ Burger Cook-off coordinated by the All-Hawaii Veteran’s Group will once again be located at the commuter parking lot on the makai side of Kamehameha Avenue.

Across the street at the Mauka Soccer field, the Hot Rides Expo will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature a display of hundreds of vintage, classic and futuristic cars. On stage at the Expo will be Backyard Boys, Times Five, Average Joe, Bobby Reno Band, and the Ol’ School Band. The show starts promptly at 10 a.m. and will continue to 4 p.m.

The Isles, located across the Liliuokalani Gardens have been designated as the Kupuna Viewing station. The Elderly Activities Division will provide shuttle service from the Kamana Center beginning at 3 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. The return shuttle will run from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. for return trip to Kamana Center. The Hawaii County Band is scheduled to perform its Fourth of July Concert in the bandstand beginning at 7 p.m.

Grand Naniloa Hotel’s 4th of July Extravaganza:

On Monday, July 3, at 6:30 p.m., DJ Anit will launch the first annual 4th of July Extravaganza dance party on the Grand Lawn with giveaways. Then on Tuesday, July 4, the festivities continue at noon with a GRAND Backyard BBQ featuring pony rides, a bouncy water slide, face painting and henna tattoos, live music, food, and a beer garden. From 5-8 p.m., enjoy drink specials and live music in the hotel’s Hula Lounge. At 8 p.m., watch the fireworks display, which is visible from the Grand Naniloa lawn and guest rooms. At 8:30 p.m. join the after-party featuring DJ Anit and DJ PA3CO.


Lihue: 8:30 p.m. (tentative)

The 28th Annual Kauai Hospice “Concert in the Sky” is scheduled for July 4 from 4 to 9:30 p.m. at Vidinha Stadium Soccer Field in Lihue.

To accommodate the event, the Kauai Police Department will close off Kauai Veterans Memorial Highway, from Ahukini Road to Rice Street, and Rice Street, from Kauai Veterans Memorial Highway to Hoolako Street, throughout the duration of the fireworks show.

At the conclusion of the fireworks show, officers will be directing traffic out of the stadium parking lot until approximately 10:30 p.m. During this time, Kauai Veterans Memorial Highway will be northbound only from Kaana Street and southbound only from Halau Street. Hoolako Street will be southbound only, from Vidinha Stadium to Rice Street. No left turns will be allowed from Kapule Highway onto Kuhio Highway at the Hanamaulu junction.

Maui County

Lahaina: 8 p.m.

Front Street will be closed for the celebration.

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