LIST: July 4 fireworks shows across the state
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Huge crowds arrived at Ala Moana Beach Park and Kailua Beach Park Tuesday to celebrate Independence Day.
Normally, Ala Moana is closed between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. daily, but on Monday night, the park was open for overnight guests.
Only one canopy and two people per site was allowed for anyone wanting to claim a good spot to watch the fireworks.
Vehicles weren't be allowed to park in the lot overnight.
"All park rules are in effect," said Honolulu Police Lt. Thomas Santos. "No alcohol, no fireworks in the park. We are going to have extra staffing on hand."
On the windward side, no overnight camping was allowed at Kailua Beach.
Families started claiming their spots at 5 a.m. on Tuesday.
At 10 a.m., a parade down Kainalu Drive will kick off celebrations. Expect road closures and parking restrictions.
"We do have free parking for the public available at Lanikai Elementary, Kainalu Elementary, Kailua Intermediate and Kailua Elementary," said Jody Sakaba of Kailua Fireworks. We also have a free shuttle service starting at the old Macy's parking lot."
In the evening, there will be an acrobatic air show at Kailua Beach then the annual fireworks display at 8 p.m.
Over at Ala Moana, fireworks will go off at 8:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, some are expected to celebrate with mini-shows of their own.
The Honolulu Fire Department said 236 fireworks permits were sold for Independence Day this year. In 2016, 161 permits were issued. A reminder, they can only be set off Tuesday between 1 and 9 p.m.
Organizers are asking the public to remain respectful and malama aina.
"You want the people who are going to come to the beach park on the fifth to expect the same nice beach that they saw on the fourth," said Jeanne Ishikawa, Dept. of Park and Recreation deputy director. "So please take care of our parks. Clean up your mess and take your trash out before you leave."
Below is a list of July 4 fireworks displays around the state and activities planned for the day.
26th Annual Ala Moana Fireworks | July 4
Presented by the Ala Moana Center, the largest fireworks show in the state will kick off for the 26th consecutive year. Live entertainment will accompany the celebration, starting around 5 p.m. The firework show usually starts around 8:30 p.m. and can best be viewed on the Makai-Ewa parking deck of Ala Moana Center. The event is free for all who attend.
Turtle Bay July 4th Celebration | July 4
Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore will host a 4th of July celebration starting at 2 p.m. The event includes food vendors, live music, arts and crafts and a firework display beginning at 8 p.m. All festivities will take place on the west lawn. Parking is $10 per vehicle.
46th Annual 4th of July Spectacular at Weyand Field | July 4
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii's Fourth of July Spectacular will be open to the public for the first time in many years. The event is free and will begin at 10 a.m. The spectacular will feature food, carnival rides, live music and award-winning national acts from Tyler Farr and Natalie Imbruglia. Tickets for rides and games will be available at Outdoor Recreation, Leisure Travel Services and at Army bowling centers until June 30.
Kailua Fireworks and 4th of July Parade | July 4
The Kailua 4th of July parade will begin at 10 a.m. followed by summer activities and food. The acrobatic air show and live music will begin at 6 p.m. Fireworks will begin at 8 p.m. Free parking available at Lanikai Elementary, Kainalu Elementary and Kailua Elementary.
Lahaina Fireworks | July 4
Every year, Lahaina lights up Maui with a rainbow of fireworks. This year the firework display will be 15 minutes longer. It will start at 8 p.m. Leading up to the show, visitors can enjoy food, shopping and summer activities on Front Street. The event is free for all who attend.
Kekaha Fireworks | July 4
This annual free firework display will be held in Kekaha at Faye Ball Park. Festivities include exhibits, arts and crafts and summer activities beginning at 10 a.m and will continue until the fireworks begin at 9 p.m. The event is free for all who attend. Parking will also be free.
Kauai Hospice 28th Annual Concert in the Sky | July 4
The event at Vidinha Soccer Field, from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., features entertainment, food and a fireworks show. Tickets at the gate cost $15 for adults and $7 for children.
Grand Naniloa Hotel 4th of July Extravaganza | July 3-4
For the first time the Grand Naniloa Hotel will host a two-day Fourth of July Extravaganza. Festivities will include live music and entertainment, including rides, face paint and food for purchase. The fireworks display will be launched from Hilo Bay on July 4 at 8 p.m.
Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade & Fireworks Extravaganza | July 4
The 22nd Annual Kailua-Kona 4th of July parade and fireworks display will begin at 6 p.m. The festivities start with a parade followed by a firework show lighting up the night sky over Kailua Bay. The event is expected to end around 9 p.m. and is free for all who attend.
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