Kailua 4th of July Fireworks & Parade on Oahu 2018

The 4th of July is a special day in Kailua, Oahu. An organized celebration in Kailua has been running for more than 70 years! There are many fun activities on in Kailua on the 4th of July, starting with the Kailua 4th of July Parade and ending with the Kailua 4th of July Fireworks. Residents and tourists come to Kailua island-wide for this small town, local-style 4th of July celebration across Kailua Town.

Kailua 4th of July Parade 2018

The Independence Day Parade in Kailua runs a few miles across Kailua, starting around Kainalu Elementary School on Kainalu Road. Local businesses, local politicians, and groups such as schools, military organizations, and non-profits with parade entries and floats gather there in the morning. The parade is sponsored and organized by the Kailua Chamber of Commerce.

Kids watching the Kailua 4th of July Parade

The Kailua 4th of July Parade itself starts around 10:00 am and goes along Kainalu Road. Residents start early, placing chairs and blankets along the route. Neighbors gather for parties and barbecues along the way, before the Kailua 4th of July Fireworks.

Kailua 4th of July Fireworks and Parade

The Kailua 4th of July Parade crosses Kuulei Road at the Kailua Fire Station. It finishes up at Kailua Intermediate School, usually by about noon. Note, also, that it may be easier to walk or bike over, than it would be to look for parking. Expect it to be warm. Bring your hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen. (Don’t forget your smile :)) Make sure to follow the Kailua Independence Day Parade with Kailua 4th of July Fireworks.

Kailua 4th of July Parade Map

Kailua 4th of July Parade Map

Kailua 4th of July Fireworks at Kailua Beach

Many people head to Kailua Beach for Kailua 4th of July Fireworks after the Kailua 4th of July Parade. It’s best to go early, as Kailua Beach can get very crowded on this day. Families are out enjoying the great weather and cooling off in the gorgeous turquoise waters of Kailua Bay. Many people have tents set up and are barbecuing and picnicking all day.

Picnicking on 4th of July in Kailua

Barbecuing on 4th of July in Kailua

Time for Fireworks

The Kailua 4th of July Fireworks program begins in the early evening. For 2018, there is a special program, beginning at 5:45 pm with an aerial show by Colonel John Bates and the Flying Leathernecks. The Kailua 4th of July Fireworks start around 8:00 pm. The fireworks are typically set off from a barge out in the center of Kailua Bay. Because of this location, it is easy to see the fireworks from many locations in Kailua. However, it is not necessary to go to Kailua Beach to see the Kailua 4th of July Fireworks.

Where to Watch…

Many people watch the Kailua 4th of July Fireworks from their rooftops. We did that a few years ago and felt like we had front row seats! We’ve also watched Kailua Fireworks from the center of the Kaelepulu Stream (from a boat or kayak) and at a local golf course.

Kailua 4th of July on Boat from Kaelepulu Stream

If you decide to go to the beach to watch Kailua Fireworks, there are several designated parking areas, from 3pm – 10pm on the 4th of July.

  1. Kailua Intermediate School
  2. Kailua Town Center Parking Lot
  3. Kainalu Elementary School
  4. Lanikai (Ka’ohao) Elementary School

Shuttle Service Too…

Also, continuous shuttle service to and from Kailua 4th of July Fireworks will be provided from 3:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. from old Kailua Macy’s parking lot (Kailua Town Center Parking Lot) to Kailua Elementary School to Kailua Beach Center (Lanikai General Store).

Kailua 4th of July Fireworks

Fireworks on Oahu

Donate Now!

The Kailua 4th of July Fireworks are privately funded by local residents and anyone else. The funding and the fireworks display, itself, are done by Kailua Fireworks Corporation, and coordinated in conjunction with the Kailua Chamber of Commerce, who sponsors and organizes the Kailua 4th of July Parade. Please consider making a donation, as the fireworks will not happen without the support of the local community.

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy 4th of July in Kailua!

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About the Author

Yvonne Ahearn

Yvonne Ahearn is a Esq. REALTOR-Broker, CRS, GRI, MRP, ABR with Hawai'i Life. Yvonne Jaramillo Ahearn, Esq. works out of the Honolulu Office, and lives in Kailua, Oahu. Her clients benefit from Yvonne’s in-depth Oahu expertise and negotiating skills. Yvonne has been a REALTOR on Oahu for more than a decade, selling mostly in Kailua and Honolulu, but also covering areas such as Kaneohe, Ewa Beach, Mililani, and North Shore. Many of her clients have relocated from the mainland, have second homes on Oahu, or are military, and a large percentage of her clients are repeat clients and referrals. Yvonne has a passion for architecture, and vintage and historical homes, as well as a personal flair for design. Besides her many contacts in the home remodeling space, she has become known locally for her beautiful home staging projects, which enhance both the sale price and the speed of sale for her listings. From 2010-2018, prior to joining Hawaii Life, Yvonne was the Principal Broker and Owner of Home Shoppe Hawaii LLC, a boutique real estate brokerage in Kailua, Oahu. Yvonne also associated with both large national luxury real estate and small boutique real estate brokerages, in Kahala and Hawaii Kai (Honolulu), where she earned performance awards, such as Rookie of the Year and Top Salesperson. Yvonne is also a licensed attorney in Hawaii (2010), California (1990) and Arizona (1991). She had a sucessful legal career, as a transactional attorney, starting in 1990, in San Francisco prior to moving to Hawaii in 2004. Yvonne Ahearn is a 2015, 2011 and 2010 Winner of the Aloha Aina “People’s Choice” Award for the island of Oahu. She was also nominated for this Award in the years 2012-2018. This is the top award for Oahu REALTORS as it is a highly-competitive, panel-based selection, based on client nominations for customer service and ethics. Yvonne was also recognized by Honolulu Magazine, in 2013-2018, as a one of the “Best in Real Estate: Top Agents” and is a REALTOR featured on HGTV House Hunters. Yvonne has earned the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing "Million Dollar Guild," certification, for her sales experience in Oahu's luxury market, as well as the CRS, GRI, MRP, ABR, e-PRO, AHWD designations. She is also Luxury Specialist with Christie's International Real Estate and a member of the Luxury Portfolio Team. Having grown up in Arizona and San Diego, and spending her early adult years in San Francisco, Portland, OR and Maui, Yvonne intimately understands West Coast living and the transition to living in Hawaii. Yvonne is also a breast cancer survivor and proud military spouse, married to a USMC Officer from Boston, MA, who has served in both Iraq and in Afghanistan. Notably, she owned and managed a successful real estate sales and property management brokerage, and accomplished a personal upward trend in real estate sales, during these very challenging times. She and her husband have a delightful son, and are also involved in many of his activities. In her spare time, she is involved in various non-profits and enjoys beautifying her garden full of tropical plants. She also was the Junior League of Honolulu’s Outstanding New Member 2007-2008. Please Contact Yvonne at 808-721-8088 or, if you need assistance with Oahu, Hawaii real estate. You can email me at or via phone at (808) 721-8088.

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