Oahu residents got an early fireworks display show at Aloha Tower Tuesday night.
There was also a big party as the crowd celebrated Independence Day. This annual event also gave island businesses a reason to cheer.
The end of the 3rd of July celebrations came not with a bang but a spectacular blast in the night sky over Honolulu Harbor.
Before the big fireworks show, some shared why Independence Day was so special.
For Vietnam veteran Vlas Silva, it was a chance to catch up with family and reflect on what made our country.
"Our forefathers went forth with the concept of freedom and the concept of liberty. This is for my generation and the generations that follow me," said Silva.
"It promotes freedom for us, and statehood for us," said Honolulu resident Jon Nakamura
There was even a real Yankee there to enjoy the fireworks festivities --
Stanley Yankee from Aiea.
"I guess because of my last name, 'Yankee Doodle' and all that, it does make it extra special," said Yankee.
While many showed off their patriotism and some red, white and blue, some island businesses looked forward to a little more green this holiday.
Gordon Biersch braced for a packed house for one of its two busiest days of the year. While the big event and fireworks celebration brought in thousands of residents, there are also hopes many will return to Aloha Tower to help boost business.
"It gets them exposed or re-exposed to Aloha Tower -- it is a beautiful property. As quiet as it is, many locals don't think of us first and foremost. When they get here they are reminded that we are here," said Gordon Biersch General Manager Joe Glarner.
It worked for Ed Moad and his family, they came down to be a part of the festivities and fun but didn't want to deal with the huge crowds on the 4th of July.
"We came down for the fireworks and dinner and to hang out in town to see what it is all about," said Moad.
Moad also added that he will be back.