Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 74th Anniversary

By: Daniel Garcia

Are you interested in visiting Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 2015 for the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 74th Anniversary? We have the details below.

  • Tours to Pearl Harbor are not available on December 7th, 2015.  You can book a Pearl Harbor Shuttle, but keep in mind it does not include tickets to the Arizona Memorial or other Pearl Harbor Sites.
  • The Arizona Memorial Program does not operate on December 7th due to the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Ceremony.
  • Most events at Pearl Harbor are private invite only events.

The Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 74th Anniversary Commemoration Event

The National Park Service and the United States Navy will co-host the 74th commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor. This event is open to the public. The keynote speaker this year is Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Kennedy, author of Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945.

Parking for the Event

Those with base access and their sponsored guests may enter through Nimitz or Makalapa Gate and may park in general parking areas near Kilo Pier. The general public is required to park at Aloha Stadium with free ADA shuttle transportation to Kilo Pier from 6 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. with return shuttles to Aloha Stadium after the ceremony, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Security Measures

Due to strict security measures, guests are not allowed to bring handbags, purses, camera bags or other items that offer concealment to the ceremony. No bag storage will be available, so please plan accordingly. Small personal cameras, cell phones, wallets, and bottled water are allowed.

A photo ID is required for all attendees.

For guests not able to attend the ceremony at Kilo Pier, a live stream of the ceremony will be available for viewing in the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center theaters (7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.) .

USS Oklahoma Ceremony

If you miss the morning ceremony, the public is invited to an afternoon USS Oklahoma Memorial Ceremony from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  This ceremony honors and commemorates the loss of the USS Oklahoma (BB-37) and 429 of her crew. The USS Oklahoma was moored along Battleship Row and was hit by as many as 8 to 12 torpedoes during the attack. Her portside was opened up by the salvo of torpedoes, and she capsized 12 minutes after the first torpedo hit. Public wishing to attend the ceremony may catch a free shuttle departing every 15 minutes from the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, which is adjacent to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.

Pearl Harbor Survivors Invited to Ceremonies

If you are a Pearl Harbor Survivor or World War II veteran, you may contact the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Affairs Office for special arrangements or questions regarding the ceremony and access to Kilo Pier by calling (808) 473-1173 or 473-2880 or via email at

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