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Hawaii — By byun on July 2, 2010 at 8:00 am
Filed under: featuredarticle, Fourth of July

Fourth of July Festivities in Honolulu

The long weekend has arrived and for those of you needing a run down of the biggest events circa 4th of July, look no further than this quick guide.

Friday, July 2:

Perhaps the best place to ring in our new year of independence will be in Downtown Honolulu [map] for the monthly First Friday mayhem.  As always, the art galleries will be open from 4:30 ’til past sunset, and then the bars and clubs will be pumping ’til the wee hours.

Saturday, July 3:

Saturday is when the real Fourth of July festivities kick off — and what better place to partake in the party than at the Fireworks of Independence show at Aloha Tower [map].  Starting at 3 p.m., the Aloha Tower Marketplace will have dinner, dancing, entertainment for the entire family (including bounce houses, a scavenger hunt, face painting and balloon art for the kids), and good old-fashioned American celebration in all its patriotic glory.  The fireworks go off on the waterfront at 8:45 p.m.

Sunday, July 4:

The final two mustn’t miss spots in Honolulu are in Waikiki and Ala Moana.  Waikiki [map] features the always crazy and always fun debauchery that is the Floatilla celebration.  Board a boat, float, raft, surfboard or just plain swim out from Queens and join in on the drunken floating party.  Bring a backpack (or cooler, if you can swing it) full of beer and drink ’til the sun goes down.  A few bands headline this floating party in the afternoon.  Usually things get bumping from noon-5 p.m.

Last but not least picnicking/BBQing crowd over at Ala Moana Beach Park [map]. Some crazies wake up at the crack of dawn to stake out the ideal spot and stay til the fireworks at Magic Island, which go off at 8 p.m.

For a less feast-like but equally entertaining time, cross over to Ala Moana Center [map] for a huge Independence Day celebration.  There’s plenty of excellent entertainment starting at noon. See this link for the entertainment line up and a shopping discount.

Happy Independence Day, everyone!  It may not mean as much here on the islands, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate it in style.  :)

Photo courtesy of madmarv00 (Flickr)

Related places:
  1. A
    Nuuanu Ave & S Hotel St
    Nuuanu Ave & S Hotel St, Honolulu, HI 96817
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  2. B
    1 Aloha Tower Drive, Honolulu, HI
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    Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort Waikiki Beach
    2365 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
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    Ala Moana Park, Honolulu, HI
    Ala Moana Park, Honolulu, HI, Honolulu, , US
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  5. E
    Ala Moana Center
    1450 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, HI
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