The Aloha State does July Fourth in style with jam-packed days of activities that attract locals and visitors alike followed by spectacular fireworks shows once the sun goes down.
With Independence Day fast approaching, visitors spending the holiday in the Aloha State will find pyrotechnic performances around the state. Here are some choice locations on the four largest islands to see the night sky light up in America's honor.
Ala Moana Beach Park, just west of Waikiki on Oahu, attracts large crowds for the annual Independence Day fireworks display that kicks off at 8:30 p.m. The 28-year old event is synchronized to a live soundtrack provided by FM 92.3 KSSK. The nearby Ala Moana Center, the event sponsor, is also celebrating its 60th Anniversary that week and is offering special promotions in addition to live entertainment July 4-7.
For those on Oahu's North Shore, Turtle Bay Resort puts on its own fireworks show at 9 p.m. Celebrants 21 and over can pay $10 cover for a prime viewing spot at Surfer, The Bar, where live music and DJs will start at 7 p.m.
The town of Kailua on Oahu also sponsors its own pyrotechnic display at Kailua Beach Park which dates back more than six decades. The free, public event will be preceded by a skydiving show at 6 p.m., with the fireworks launching at 8 p.m.
Lahaina, on the Valley Isle's western coast, fires up its Independence Day celebration with a block party on Front Street featuring kid's activities, food stalls, crafts and more. The show goes off at 8 p.m. and several cruise companies offer evening excursions timed to catch the fireworks from the water.
The largest show on the Garden Island is the annual Concert in the Sky. The event from 3-9:30 p.m. includes live music, a silent auction, food stalls, and kids games, and supports the work of the Kauai Hospice. Tickets for the show at Vidinha Stadium in Lihue cost $10 for adults and $5 for children 6-12 in advance, and $15 for adults, $7 for children at the gate.
On the southwest side of the island, Kekaha hosts an annual free fireworks show that begins with an all-day fair of cultural demonstrations, exhibits, games, food, and souvenir vendors. The event runs 10 a.m to 10 p.m.
No matter which side of the Big Island you find yourself on for Independence Day, there are red bursts, blue flares and white showers of sparks within reach.
Kailua-Kona gets started with its annual celebration at 6 p.m. with a July Fourth parade, which is then immediately followed by a booming fireworks show over Kailua Bay. On the eastern side, families can set up all day at the Hilo Bayfront where there are games, cooking contests, live entertainment and other activities. Fireworks start at 8 p.m.