With Liberty & Aloha For All!
Kailua pumps up the patriotism with its annual July 4 parade & fireworks celebration.
With an abundance of patriotic festivities that honor our nation’s independence, Hawaii is one of the best places to enjoy 4th of July 2018 celebrations. It’s especially fun in Windward Oahu’s Kailua Town, where you’re privy to both an Independence Day Parade and a colorful fireworks show. It’s your opportunity to help Kailua celebrate our country’s freedom, and thank the men and women who helped and continue to help keep the U.S.A. free!
Panoramic view of Kailua as seen from the Nu`uanu Pali Lookout
Not only do Kailua residents and Oahu visitors show up in red, white and blue attire, but so do members of the U.S. Armed Forces either living nearby or stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) in neighboring Kaneohe.
Marine Corp Base in Kaneohe
Marines of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 “Scarface” stand in formation during a welcome aboard ceremony at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii, flight line.
MCBH includes seven installations. Although the main base and air station are labeled "Kaneohe Bay," they are an integral part of the Kailua community since many of the Marines and their families live here. Many Kailua civilian residents work at MCBH as well.
This makes July 4 even more meaningful as a great day to salute our country and those who continue to protect our freedom!
Everyone Loves A Fourth of July Parade!
For more than 70 years, Kailua has proudly celebrated our country on July 4 with the Kailua Independence Day Parade. The local community enjoys this event, because it honors democracy, freedom, and our Veterans! The annual holiday festivities also maintain Kailua’s community-based flavor without becoming too commercialized.
With a theme of “With Liberty and Aloha For All,” the two-hour Kailua July 4 parade begins at 10am at Palapu Street, and then runs down Kainalu Road to Kuulei Road. For primo viewing, hit Kainalu Road early to grab your spot. And be sure to bring plenty of water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, camera, sunglasses, flag, and your Aloha Spirit!
Along Kailua’s Independence Day Parade route, you’ll see some 75 parade entries that include bands, military and Veteran marching units, horses, youth groups, seniors, schools, and Hawaii dignitaries.
Joining in for Kailua’s 2018 event will be Hawaii Governor David Ige and Grand Marshall Avis Kalama from the Windward Spouse Abuse Shelter. Rick Hamada and John Junk, Jr. will serve as emcees, and awards will be presented in various categories.
Kailua Town & Aikahi Park Shopping Center
After the parade, follow up with lunch in Kailua Town, Aikahi Park Shopping Center, or Enchanted Lake. And to work off the meal, be sure to do a little shopping in Kailua, where you’ll find hundreds of merchants selling everything from antiques to zippers.
Since there is no vending at Kailua Beach, you may want to pick up some ono 4th of July grub to enjoy prior to the evening fireworks show. The popular Kalapawai Market at 306 S. Kalaheo Ave. offers a full-service deli plus other goods for an ideal picnic.
Catch Kailua’s Annual Fireworks Show!
What’s a July 4 holiday without fireworks! The aerial festivities will begin at 6pm at Kailua Beach Park, with an Acrobatic Air Show that includes the Flying Leathernecks sky diving team of Marines. At 6:30pm, the Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band will perform, followed by the spectacular fireworks display at 8pm.
According to the Kailua Chamber of Commerce (KailuaChamber.com), the organization is looking forward to another exciting year with new surprises. But it may be hard to top last year’s show that wowed with the spelling of “USA” in fireworks! The show is funded through individual donations from Kailua folks who appreciate the fireworks, as well as a few corporate sponsors.
Kailua’s annual July 4 fireworks display can be seen from MCBH to Waimanalo.
For additional information, call the Kailua Chamber of Commerce office at (808) 261-7997 or email admin@KailuaChamber.com. For event parking and shuttle service information, visit KailuaFireworks.net.
Painting depicting the story of Betsy Ross presenting the first American flag to General George Washington.
The Second Continental Congress passed the Flag Resolution on June 14, 1777, establishing the first congressional standard for official United States ensigns. While 27 official U.S. flags have been used since 1777, only the number of stars has changed each time.
July 4 By The Numbers
July 4, 2018 marks America’s 243rd birthday, the icon of freedom that we traditionally celebrate with parades, fireworks and plenty of food. WalletHub recently released these fun facts and figures that shed some additional light on this annual red, white, and blue fest.
- 72: Number of hot dogs consumed in 10 minutes by Joey Chestnut at the 2017 Annual Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest held on New York’s Coney Island
- $6.9 Billion: Amount Americans plan to spend on 4th of July food
- 150 Million: Number of hot dogs eaten each July 4th
(includes Joey Chestnut’s tally!)
- $1.6+ Billion: Amount we plan to spend on Independence Day beer and wine
- $825+ Million: Amount we’re expected to spend on fireworks
- 46.9 Million: Number of people traveling 50+ miles from home for the 4th of July
- 16,000: Number of fireworks displays held each Fourth of July
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