Schedule of Events
Every year in early December, people across the United States gather to commemorate the bravery and loss of the thousands of American sailors, soldiers, Marines, and civilians who were present during the Pearl Harbor attack of 1941. Since that day so many years ago, Americans have returned to Pearl Harbor and other sites across Oahu to remember and honor their sacrifices.
On December 7, 2018, we mark the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. As with prior anniversaries, the day is filled with remembrance ceremonies and commemorations of the tragic events of the day.
The following is a schedule of events across Oahu, the site of the devastating attack. They’re all public events open to anyone wishing to remember the heroes of December 7, 1941.
7:45 AM – 8:15 AM: Barbers Point Remembrance Ceremony
Barbers Point Golf Course
Hosted by the Honolulu Council Navy and Aloha Chapter of the Marines Corps Leagues, the Barbers Point Remembrance Ceremony honors and remembers the five Marines killed on December 7, 1941 at the Ewa Marine Corps Air Station at Barbers Point. Though Pearl Harbor was the primary target that day, Japanese pilots struck outlying bases and installations to further cripple attempts at retaliation. Ewa was one of the first locations struck that morning.
This is a public event.
7:50 AM – 9:15 AM: Pearl Harbor Commemoration Ceremony
Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Ceremonial Lawn
On the morning of December 7, the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center’s Ceremonial Lawn hosts the National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration Ceremony. Pearl Harbor survivors, veterans, and various military and civilian dignitaries participate in the annual event.
At exactly 7:55 AM, there will be a moment of silence marking the start of the attack.
This year’s keynote address will be delivered by Admiral Philip S. Davidson, Commander, US Indo-Pacific Command.
A pass-in-review honors the USS Arizona and Pearl Harbor survivors. The ceremony will also feature a performance by the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet Band, a Hawaiian blessing, wreath presentations, a Marine Corps rifle salute, and a “Missing Man” flyover.
The ceremony is open to the public, but plan to arrive early for a spot. The Visitor Center will open at 6 AM.
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: USS Oklahoma Memorial Ceremony
USS Oklahoma Memorial
After USS Arizona, the next greatest loss of life during the attack on Pearl Harbor came with the the sinking of USS Oklahoma. Another highlight of the commemorations on December 7 is a public ceremony held at the USS Oklahoma Memorial on Ford Island. The ceremony, which takes place in front of the white pillars of the memorial, honors the 429 men who perished when the mighty battleship capsized and sank.
A shuttle runs every 15 minutes from the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park to bring guests to Ford Island for the USS Oklahoma Memorial Ceremony.
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Pearl Harbor Parade
Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki
After all of the ceremonies, there is an unforgettable parade to honor military veterans past and present. Starting at Fort DeRussy near Waikiki and heading to the Waikiki Shell in Kapiolani Park, the parade features local bands, military veterans, and much more.
Get a spot on Kalakaua Avenue on as the parade marches past. At the Waikiki Shell, an evening concert and closing ceremony is held for parade participants.
How Else Can I Remember Pearl Harbor?
Whether you live on Oahu or are visiting for the commemoration ceremonies, take some time to really explore Pearl Harbor on a day that’s less busy. Book a tour that takes you to the USS Arizona Memorial, the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, the Battleship Missouri, and the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park.
You’ll feel even more connected to the stories and people you’ll hear about at the commemoration ceremonies.