Listed below are Fourth of July fireworks shows celebrated throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Our list includes the large annual public fireworks displays on Hawai’i Island, Kaua’i, Maui, and O’ahu. We also provide tips for photographing fireworks, which tend to fill the Hawaiian skyline for Independence Day, as well as for New Year’s celebrations. If you plan to purchase and set off fireworks, we provide links to the state laws restricting fireworks.
State of Hawaii fireworks laws
Hawai’i state laws restrict the purchase and use of fireworks to specific days and times during the year, including New Year’s Day (January 1), Chinese/Lunar New Year (variable date each year), and Independence Day (July 4). If you want to set off fireworks outside of these times, you must get the required license and/or permit.
In addition, there are restrictions on where you can light off fireworks. Listed below are links to some of the laws important to most people who want to set off fireworks, for example at a home party:
- For basic laws restricting purchase and use, see: https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol03_Ch0121-0200D/HRS0132D/HRS_0132D-0003.htm and https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol03_Ch0121-0200D/HRS0132D/HRS_0132D-0005.htm
- For liability issues (especially if you are a homeowner, renter, parent or guardian), see: https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol03_Ch0121-0200D/HRS0132D/HRS_0132D-0013.htm and https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol03_Ch0121-0200D/HRS0132D/HRS_0132D-0014_0005.htm
- For more details and the complete list of laws governing fireworks, visit Hawaii HRS 132D.
- For information from Honolulu Fire Department: Firecrackers | Honolulu Fire Department
How to take (great) photos of fireworks
To take great photos of fireworks, turn off your flash and set your camera to manual mode. With your camera in manual mode, set the ISO (“film speed” or light sensitivity), F-stop (aperture), and shutter speed to the following settings:
- ISO 100
- F-stop f/8 or f/11
- Shutter speed 1/2 second
If the photos are too dark at these settings, try gradually increasing the shutter speed (from 2 to 10 seconds) while keeping the ISO and F-stop the same. A camera tripod and remote shutter release are recommended, especially if you want to try long shutter speeds.
Other camera settings to try:
- Most professional photographers recommend sticking with ISO 100. However, the F-stop can range from f/5.6 to f/16, with more than one photographer stating f/8 is their favorite.
- Also, shutter speed can be up to 30 seconds, or longer, especially if you want to capture the entire “trail” of a fireworks display. For longer shutter speeds, a tripod and remote shutter will give the best results.
However, rather than fiddling with shutter speed, another option is to use B mode or Bulb mode, which allows you to press and hold the shutter button when the firework launches and keep the shutter open until the display eclipses, and then release the button. In other words, rather than setting a particular shutter speed such as 2 or 10 or 30 seconds, you manually work the shutter for each shot, and keep it open as long as needed. Of course, you must use both a tripod and remote shutter release for this operation.
Plan to arrive at your planned photography site well before sunset to check your camera settings and take a few photos. Find a level spot and review the framing of your images–your line of site to where the fireworks will be. When you look through the viewfinder, pay attention to what’s in the background. Decide whether horizontal or vertical photos produce the best composition based on your vantage point. If you are far away or have a high vantage point, a horizontal image that takes in the surrounding landscape is usually the better shot. If you are close to the action, then vertical shots of the fireworks from launch to high point in the sky is typically a better shot.
For more fireworks photography tips, review this National Geographic photo gallery for photographing fireworks.
Hawaiʻi Island fireworks 2023
Waikoloa celebration 2023
Last time we checked (June 5, 2023), the 2023 Fireworks show at the Waikoloa Bowl is TBA.
The annual 4th of July family celebration at Queens’ Marketplace will feature live music with local bands, keiki carnival games, face painting, popcorn & cotton candy, and a photobooth. More info: Queens’ Marketplace Hawaii Resort Calendar at Waikoloa Beach Resort (queensmarketplace.com)
Kailua-Kona fireworks 2023
Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade & Fireworks Extravaganza is the biggest 4th of July celebration on Hawaiʻi island. The parade begins at 6 pm with vibrant floats, musical acts, and color guards marching along Aliʻi Drive. It is followed by dazzling fireworks over Kailua Bay at 8 pm. More info: Kailua-Kona Community Parade Association (paradesinkona.com)
Hilo fireworks 2023
Last time we checked (June 5, 2023), the 2023 “Hiko Bay Blasts” is TBA.
The annual “Hilo Bay Blast” fireworks show begins at 8:00 p.m. The professional pyrotechnics are set off from a barge moored in Hilo Bay. The Hawaii County Band will play live music to accompany the fireworks. For those who are not near Mo’oheau Bandstand, the fireworks display will be synchronized to patriotic music aired on KWXX. More info: Hawaii, Big Island, July 4th Fireworks & Celebrations 2023 – Go Visit Hawaii
Parker Ranch July 4th Rodeo
Parker Ranch is excited to announce the 59th Annual July 4th Rodeo and Horse Races on Tuesday, July 4, 2023 at the Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena in Waimea. Gates open at 7:00 am and you can enjoy a variety of crafts and food from local vendors, as well as keiki activities, such as a petting zoo. Parker Ranch commemorative logo items will be conveniently available at the Paniolo Preservation Society booth. Fast-paced rodeo action begins shortly after the 9:00 am grand entry and continues non-stop until 1:00 pm. Family friendly (no pets, no alcohol). Seating is first come first serve. Tickets at the gate $15. More info: 59th Annual July 4th Rodeo and Horse Races | Parker Ranch
Save on Advance tickets (age 13+). Children 12 and under are free. In-person advance ticket purchase at $10 at Kamuela Hardwoods, Paniolo Preservation Society, or Waimea Butcher Shop. Online advance tickets $12 plus fees: Hawaii Ranching – Parker Ranch.
The July 4th Rodeo celebrates the community and commemorates Waimea’s unique ranching way of life and culture. This rodeo is a long-standing tradition that promotes camaraderie and friendly competition among the various Hawaiʻi Island ranches. It is a great opportunity to witness the skills that have made Hawaiian paniolo (cowboy) famous throughout the world. The paniolo will compete in various events, including Horse Races, Ranch Mugging, Team Roping, Poʻo Wai U (cow roping technique–watch the YouTube video below).
Kaua’i fireworks – TBA 2023
The following 2022 fireworks show have not announced plans for 2023 as of June 5, 2023.
Lihue annual Concert in the Sky at Vidinha Stadium is the biggest fireworks show on Kauaʻi. Gates open at 3:00PM. The fireworks kick off at dusk. Live music, ono food, craft vendors, and lots for the keiki to do in the “fun zone.” Enjoy great island music from Kapena (YES, Kelly Boy is still going strong!) and some rocking’ reggae from Kauai’s own Shar Carillo. Tickets: adults $10/advance, $15/gate. Keiki (6-12) $5/advance, $7/gate. Free for 5 and under. Advance tickets at Times or Big Save Market. More info: Kauai 4th of July | Kauai Fireworks
Kekaha Fourth of July Celebration on Westside Kauaʻi. Enjoy live local music, food booths, cultural demonstrations, exhibits, crafts, a plantation museum, and lots of fun games for the entire family. The fireworks show begins at dark. Bring your mat or chair. No coolers. Free admission and parking. Located past the town of Waimea, at the park in Kekaha just off Kaumuali’i Highway. More info: Kauai 4th of July | Kauai Fireworks
Freedom Fest at Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF). Everything takes place at the beach near Shenanigans restaurant. Live entertainment by The Homesteads, The Green, Ka Ha, and others. Due to increased security measures, adult visitors are asked to carry a valid identification card with photo. Tip: Small bags and water bottles are allowed. All vehicles are subject to search. No outside food or beverages, coolers, tents, pets, weapons (including knives of all types), drugs, or personal fireworks are allowed. Free admission. More info: Kauai 4th of July | Kauai Fireworks
Maui fireworks 2023
Maui’s largest public celebration takes place in Lahaina at Campbell Park with live entertainment from 5pm until the spectacular offshore fireworks show at 8pm. Front Street will be closed to vehicles from 5-9PM. You can watch the fireworks show from any location with a view of the ocean along Front Street, including restaurants as well as nearby beaches. Donations are gratefully accepted online to help produce this community event. More info: 4th of July in Lahaina | LahainaTown Action Committee (visitlahaina.com)
O’ahu fireworks 2023
North Shore Haleiwa 4th of July Fireworks Festival 2023
The North Shore Chamber of Commerce hosts the Annual Haleiwa 4th of July Fireworks Festival at Haleiwa Beach Park free to the general public from 12 pm – 8:00 pm. This event will feature: Vintage Car Show featuring classic cars, trucks and motorcycles, food, jewelry, retail, and craft vendors, live musical entertainment, hula, bounce houses, face painting, food eating contest, robotics competition, and evening fireworks at 8pm. Live music on the stage will be happening throughout the day as quality local bands play for the crowd. Stage activities will continue all the way until the 8pm firework show. More info: Oahu North Shore July 4th Festival and Fireworks Show (haleiwajuly4thfestival.com)
Turtle Bay fireworks – 2023 TBA
Independence Day Fest at Turtle Bay. Enjoy live entertainment, food, drinks, and of course a fireworks show at 8:45pm. On-site parking available for $15 per car. More info: Activities Calendar & Events in Oahu | Turtle Bay Resort
Polynesian Cultural Center fireworks – 2023 TBA
Hukilau Marketplace at Polynesian Cultural Center features Live Entertainment, Food, and Free Games from 4-9PM, ending with a fireworks finale. More info: Events – Hukilau Marketplace
Kailua fireworks 2023
Kailua on the Windward (eastern) coast of O’ahu celebrates Independence Day with a fireworks show from a barge in Kailua Bay beginning at 8 pm and can be best seen at Kailua Beach Park. Alexander & Baldwin will sponsor shuttles between Longs Parking lot bus stop and The Beach Center between 4:30 PM and 10:30 PM. More info: Kailua Fireworks
Ala Moana Center July 4th events – TBA 2023
Ala Moana Beach Park in Honolulu is Hawaii’s largest 4th of July fireworks show and one of the largest fireworks shows in the country. This pyrotechnic show is accompanied by a synchronized soundtrack. The July 4th extravaganza in Ala Moana Park begins at NOON and features live entertainment. The Fireworks Spectacular starts at 8:30pm. More info: Events | Ala Moana Center
Listed below, we’ve suggested vantage points for the public to see fireworks displays on Oʻahu military bases—but it’s just a guess (let us know if you go). We included public parks that are listed as open until 10PM, as well as shopping centers if there are stores (usually eateries and grocers) open until fireworks start. You can certainly try to hang out in the parking lot but purchasing SOMETHING from a merchant would be the mālama ‘ohana (care for others) thing to do.
Pearl Harbor Fireworks 2023
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) in Honolulu hosts a 15-minute pyrotechnic display illuminating the harbor beginning at 9:00 PM. More info: 4thofJuly (greatlifehawaii.com)
There is no public access to the base. However, the fireworks over Pearl Harbor might be enjoyed from the following Honolulu parks and other vantage points in the Honolulu area (just a guess).
- Patsy Mink Regional Park, 94-1024 Waipahu Street, Waipahu, HI 96797 (note: park closes at 10 PM)
- Oneʻula Beach Park aka Hau Bush, 91-101 Papipi Road, Ewa Beach, HI 96706 (note: park closes at 10 PM)
- Pearl City Shops, 1029 Makolu Street, Pearl City, HI 96782 (some eateries open until 10PM)
- Waimalu Plaza Shopping Center, 98-1277 Kaahumanu St, Aiea, HI 96701 (eateries open 8-10PM, Safeway 24 hours)
MCBH fireworks – TBA 2023
As of June 5, 2023 MCBH has no fireworks show on their calendar.
Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) in Kanehoe hosts a 20-minute fireworks extravaganza beginning at 8:30PM. This is an MCBH Community Event designed to be visible across the base for its personnel assigned there. More info: Calendar of Events (usmc-mccs.org)
There is no public access to the base. However, the fireworks might be enjoyed from the Honolulu parks on Windward O’ahu (just a guess):
- Heʻeia State Park (note: park closes at 10 PM)
- Kailua Beach Park (note: park closes at 10 PM)
Schofield fireworks 2023
Saturday July 1, 2023: 1st of July Independence Day Celebration 12 am – 9 pm. Join USAG Hawaii Family and MWR to celebrate Independence Day with a parachute demonstration by the USA Army Golden Knights, a Patriotic Salute, The 25th ID Band w/ the 100th Army Band from Fort Knox, performances by Elle King, Plain White T’s and a grand finale laser and fireworks show presented by USAA. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Come out early to enjoy a variety of activities* including inflatable bounce houses, games, costume characters and more. *Some activities have a fee to participate. Admission is free and open to the public. All non-DoD attendees will be required to enter through Foote Gate. Visitors who do not possess a military ID must enter Schofield through Foote Gate. Traffic control personnel will direct visitors to park on Watts Field, and a shuttle will take them to the event entrance. More info: Calendar :: Hawaii :: US Army MWR and View Event :: Independence Day Celebration :: Hawaii :: US Army MWR
Admission is free and open to the public. The fireworks might be enjoyed from other vantage points in central O’ahu (just a guess):
- Mililani Shopping Center (some eateries open until 7-8PM, Foodland open until 9PM)
- Town Center of Mililani (closes at 8PM, but Longs, Times, and Walmart open until later)
- Mililani Marketplace (a couple of eateries open until 8-9PM, Safeway open until late)
- Patsy Mink Regional Park, 94-1024 Waipahu Street, Waipahu, HI 96797 (note: Honolulu parks close at 10 PM)
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