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5 Ways to Commemorate the 80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

November 23rd, 2021 Culture
5 Ways to Commemorate the 80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 marks the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. For those looking for ways to honor the anniversary, we have put together a list of remembrance events including the annual commemoration, as well as an outdoor concert, parade, and more. Whether you prefer to mark the date alone or alongside fellow visitors and veterans, here are ways we can all take action and find common ground by memorializing the events of Pearl Harbor.

Although we strive to provide the most current information, due to COVID-19, attractions and events mentioned may be closed or cancelled without notice. We recommend checking City and County of Honolulu or State of Hawai‘i mandates and individual websites for updates and social distancing measures before visiting.

According to the “Safe Access O‘ahu” program, all patrons must show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within the previous 48 hours in order to enter businesses, such as museums and other similar establishments. Please travel responsibly and follow mask requirements and social distancing procedures.

[Pearl Harbor: Things You Should Know Before Visiting]

1. 80th Anniversary Commemoration

The annual Pearl Harbor Commemoration is packed with events that remember survivors, WWII veterans, and those 2,403 service members and civilians lost in the attack. The in-person ceremony begins at 7:50 a.m. on December 7 at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial on Kilo Pier. Seating at the pier is by invitation only to protect the health and safety of attending veterans, but will be broadcast live on the Pearl Harbor Visitor center lawn. Please note that parking at the visitor center is limited to those only with invitations. Also check out the Events page for more information on the USS Nevada, USS Utah, and USS Oklahoma ceremonies.

2. Pearl Harbor Concert Series

The annual patriotic and musical spectacle takes place December 4 - 8 on Historic Ford Island at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum’s famous 8,000 sq. ft. Hangar 79. Visit the Pearl Harbor Concert Series website for more information on the once-in-a-lifetime ensemble experience.


3. Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade 2021

Gather on the streets of Waikiki to pay tribute to those whose service and sacrifice preserved freedom and liberty at home and abroad. The National Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade will begin at 6 p.m. on December 7, 2021, preceded by an opening ceremony due to begin with a special performance by the Pearl Harbor Massed Band and Choir. This year’s lineup includes veteran motorcyclists, the Honolulu police department, Marine Forces Pacific Band, corvettes, marching bands, Pearl Harbor survivors, and so much more. The parade begins at Fort DeRussy in Waikiki before proceeding down Kalakaua and Monsarrat Avenues to the Waikiki Shell. Check the website for more information and to live stream the event.

4. World War II Sites

Besides the major Pearl Harbor sites like the USS Arizona, USS Bowfin, USS Missouri, and the Pacific Aviation Museum at Ford Island Airfield, there are plenty of military installations on O‘ahu to visit if you’re interested in American military history, or just want to pay your respects. The Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Air Field, Fort DeRussy and the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaiʻi are excellent places to start!


5. Punchbowl

The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in the Punchbowl is a beautiful and somber place to visit on December 7. The cemetery is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the resting place of tens of thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines from Pearl Harbor to present. Visit the memorial pathway, lined with a variety of memorials donated by various organizations and foreign governments

[A Visitor’s Guide to Pearl Harbor’s Memorials, Museums, and Exhibits]

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