No one throws a party like Hawaiians. Beachfront barbecues, pigs unearthed, kids kicking around a soccer ball, and plenty of ukulele are just some of the ingredients to an island celebration.
If you plan to be on the islands to celebrate Independence Day, get ready for some fun. Whether you create your own beach luau, join in with some friends, or just wait for the evening festivities to get underway, there is no place like the islands for honoring one of America’s most lively holidays.
Oahu honors America’s birthday with the state’s largest fireworks displays. Booming shows are set off from Waikiki and Turtle Bay on the North Shore. While many businesses are closed, hotels and restaurants cater to their clientele with live music, pool parties and plenty of mai tais flowing. From Waikiki you can embark on a fireworks cruise. Or head over to Ala Moana Center to enjoy the 22nd annual 4th of July festivities complete with music and dancing.
Over on the Big Island festivals are all the rage. Volcano Village hosts a down home parade, festival and silent auction beginning at 9am. Kailua Kona features a fun 4th of July Parade and fireworks. Over on Waikoloa Beach, you can set up camp, bring a picnic and enjoy the fireworks spectacular. Also in the area, Mauna Lani Hotel and Resort is releasing its 3-4 year old turtles raised on the premises. And for a more traditional Independence Day experience, head up to Waimea for the Parker Ranch Rodeo.
Maui is not to be ignored either. The biggest party on the island occurs in Lahaina for the fireworks and concert near the Banyan Tree. However, for those staying in Kaanapali, you can watch the sky light up from your balconies.
Kauai’s celebrations may not feature the flash of her sister islands, but you can still peep fireworks at Vidinha Stadium in Lihue.
If you are on Lanai or Molokai, the only firecrackers on the islands are operated by non-professionals; however the beaches will be packed with families, so bring your picnic goods and unwind with the masses toasting your freedom to travel, explore and love Hawaii.
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