Each year, millions of people from all over the world come to Pearl Harbor to see for themselves where World War II began for the United States on December 7, 1941. The USS Arizona Memorial is the number one visitor destination in Hawaii, and is one of the most visited places in the United States on Memorial Day.
If you’re planning to visit Pearl Harbor on Fourth of July weekend, there are a few experiences and places to see on your visit. We’ve highlighted these experiences below.
Battleship Missouri Memorial
Celebrate the Fourth of July with a picnic, concert and a fireworks show at Pearl Harbor on board one of the most historic battleships in the world: the USS Missouri. For a more memorable Independence Day celebration, book a ticket for the Steel Beach Picnic at Battleship Missouri Memorial. You can enjoy a nice picnic and quality family bonding time while watching an incredible fireworks display right from the deck of the legendary Mighty Mizzou.
Learn more at https://ussmissouri.org/
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
The Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Fourth of July celebration on Ward Field, Pearl Harbor, starts at 3:30 in the afternoon and lasts until 9:30 in the evening. The event is open to all military-affiliated personnel and their sponsored guests. Some of the free activities during the event include a Petting Zoo, airbrush tattoos, Xpress Train, BBQ pizza sampling courtesy of Pizza Hut, 360’ photos and batting cage, a Car Show & Shine sponsored by Kalaeloa Raceway Park, and pre-party on Ward Field with London DJ Bennie James. Guests may also join raffles and contests during the event. Featured artist 3 Doors Down is set to take the stage at 7:30 PM to provide live entertainment for guests. The celebration closes with a stunning fireworks display at 9 PM.
Pearl Harbor Warbirds Pearl Harbor Experience
See Pearl Harbor From A World War II Aircraft
If you are truly looking for a unique experience at Pearl Harbor during Fourth of July weekend, look no further than taking a warbird airplane flight. Be immersed in the details of the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor and soar above the important sites that played a part in the “Day of Infamy.” Relive history as you retrace the steps of the Army and Navy airmen in the days following the bombing. Fly on some of the same routes the Japanese attackers used into the airfields at Wheeler, Kāne‘ohe and Bellows. Located in Honolulu, Hawai‘i Pearl Harbor Warbirds provides a personal historical experience making it one of the best O‘ahu attractions.
Learn more about Pearl Harbor Warbirds Admiral’s Warbird Adventure.
The USS Arizona Memorial
The USS Arizona Memorial draws more than 1.8 million visitors each year. It is a must-see destination for all individuals coming to Hawaii. Visiting this memorial is certainly a worthy way to honor your Independence and the attack on Pearl Harbor that destroyed nearly 300 U.S. planes, damaged or destroyed 18 American ships, and claimed the lives of more than 2,500 people (and wounded more than 1,000 more).
The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
Visitors to Pearl Harbor are free to explore the grounds of the newly renovated $56 million Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. The new Visitor Center was recently been expanded from the original 3 to 17 acres and is operated by the National Park Service.
The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is open daily from 7am to 5pm (only closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day). Admission and parking is free to all visitors. Three new parking lots have been built at the Visitor Center and now there is ample parking for everyone.
Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor
Along with the Battleship Missouri Memorial, the Pacific Aviation Museum is also located on Ford Island. If you have a fear of seeing Pearl Harbor by airplane, the Aviation Museum is a great way to get up close to warbird planes. Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor occupies two hangars and the Ford Island Control Tower that still bear the scars of our nation’s aviation battlefield. Ranked “One of the Top 10 Aviation Attractions in the Nation” by TripAdvisor®.
Learn more at http://www.pacificaviationmuseum.org/
Visit the USS Oklahoma Memorial along Battleship Row. The USS Oklahoma Memorial is dedicated to the 429 sailors and Marines who lost their lives when the USS Oklahoma sunk during the 1941 strike on Pearl Harbor. The black granite and white marble memorial was dedicated Dec. 7, 2007.
Pearl Harbor Warbirds offers the best Hawai‘i flight adventure tours available. Be immersed in the details of the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor and soar above the important sites that played a part in the “Day of Infamy.” Relive history as you retrace the steps of the Army and Navy airmen in the days following the bombing. Fly on some of the same routes the Japanese attackers used into the airfields at Wheeler, Kāne‘ohe and Bellows. There are many air tours in Hawai‘i, but only one warbird airplane flight. Located in Honolulu, Hawai‘i Pearl Harbor Warbirds provides a personal historical experience making it one of the best O‘ahu attractions.
Experience an immersive two hour adventure that allows you to relive history as a Naval Aviator and fly Pearl Harbor like it was on December 10th, 1941. Learn more about the Admiral’s Warbird Adventure.