July is a great time to visit Waikiki, and celebrating the 4th of July holiday during your stay makes for an extra special experience! Waikiki offers a unique blend of American patriotism and Hawaiian culture, with exciting events to celebrate the 4th of July. Fireworks displays, parades, live music, and cultural performances create a vibrant atmosphere throughout the island. It’s an ideal destination to celebrate America’s independence while enjoying Hawaii’s charm.
Independence Day Events
On July 1, the Independence Day: Red, White, Blue and Aloha Celebration will feature a concert by Elle King and the Plain White T’s, followed by a laser show and fireworks display. This event is free and open to the public.
On July 3-4, stop by the Ala Moana shopping center for their 4th of July Concert Series, with live music throughout the day from local artists. Visit the nearby Royal Hawaiian Center for local music and hula performances.
While there are no official fireworks displays happening in Waikiki on July 4th, the fireworks display at Pearl Harbor base will be visible looking west from the beach. There will also be a fireworks display starting at 8pm in Kailua on the east side of Oahu (accessible by car or public transportation).
If you want to experience a different part of the island, pay a visit to the North Shore of Oahu for the annual Haleiwa 4th of July Festival. This family-friendly event is free and runs from 12pm – 8pm at Haleiwa Beach Park. Highlights include a vintage car show, live music, hula performance, kids activities and a fireworks display. Parking is limited, so arrive early and plan on a short walk to the venue.
July 4th Activities
With less rain this time of year, and temperatures ranging from 75 – 85°F, the weather is perfect for enjoying all the activities in Waikiki. It is also the peak of summer season and visitors should expect more crowds at tourist attractions. To make the most of your visit, book tours and activities in advance when possible and get to the beach early to grab a good spot. It’s advised to wear lightweight, breathable clothing, use sunscreen and drink plenty of water, especially when doing outdoor activities in Hawaii’s tropical climate.
Despite the summer crowds, the lively atmosphere and festive spirit create an exciting ambiance throughout the area. During your stay in Waikiki, check out these popular activities:
- If you have a shorter stay, don’t miss the top 10 things to do in Waikiki.
- Visit the Pearl Harbor memorial over July 4th to honor the brave service members who perished.
- If you have a car rental, venture to the North Shore of Oahu to watch the expert surfers ride massive waves.
- Go snorkeling in the warm, crystal clear waters of Waikiki and experience the Lahaina Noon phenomenon, when the sun is directly over the tropics, creating extraordinary underwater lighting.
Where to Stay in Waikiki
We offer a variety of Waikiki vacation rentals that suit all budgets and tastes. Enjoy the rooftop pool at Pacific Monarch Paradise or lounge by the pool at Bamboo Waikiki, only two blocks from the beach. We are sure to have a Waikiki condo rental that will make you feel at home as you celebrate Independence Day in Hawaii. Come join us for the 4th of July and create lasting memories in Waikiki!