Is Pearl Harbor Open? (I heard a rumor they're closed!)

February 22, 2019 1 min read

Is Pearl Harbor Open? (I heard a rumor they're closed!)

Long story short: yes! Pearl Harbor is open and has not closed despite the government shutdown or the damage to the USS Arizona Memorial's ramp.

Here's what you need to know before you go:

Will Pearl Harbor be open during another government shutdown?

From December 22, 2018 until January 25, 2019 (35 days), about a third of all US national park sites closed due to the partial government shutdown. However, here in Hawaii the staff and members at Pacific Historic Parks were determined to keep Pearl Harbor open and accessible to all visitors including tourists, locals and students.

If another government shutdown does happen, our wonderful community of staff, members, volunteers and supporters will strive to keep Pearl Harbor open for as long as possible.

(Would you like to help us keep Pearl Harbor open? Donate or purchase from our online shop to show your support!)

Is the USS Arizona Memorial open?

Unfortunately, the ramp connecting the dock to the USS Arizona Memorial is down. But don't let it get you down, too! Pearl Harbor is open and the free movie and boat tours that take you out to the USS Arizona Memorial are still available at recreation.gov.

(Book your USS Arizona Memorial movie and boat tours exactly 60 days in advance to your Pearl Harbor visit, 7 AM Hawaii Standard Time. If you miss that date, your next chance to book is 1 day in advance, 7 AM Hawaii Standard Time.)

Is Pearl Harbor open 365 days a year?

Unfortunately not. We need a holiday break sometimes, too! Pearl Harbor is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

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Amy Fujimoto
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I had the opportunity to be in Hawaii Nov. 30 to Dec. 9th 2021, participating in the 80th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. During this time I escorted 41 Young Marines from the Pfc Bruce W Carter MEDAL OF HONOR Miami FL unit. I proudly ordered and received 15 Flags flown on December 7. 2021. These were presented to those Veteran's who have served and fought for our Country. Thank you for fulfilling my request in a timely manner, and the Certificates made these a personal gift which is honored by all..Semper Fidelis Gunny Lou Slagle USMC Ret

An Awesome Piece to my Pearl Harbor Collection

I love this canvas bag! It is super sturdy! And I can't wait to use it when I go to coffee shops to write!

Amazing gifts!!!

I was given a flag 6-7 years ago. For years I wondered how my friend got a flag from the USS Arizona memorial. After visiting the museum and seeing I could order flags, I have been giving these as gifts for family graduating boot camp, for birthdays, retirements, and any other special dates in the lives of service members and family members. These flags, given as gifts, are absolutely amazing.

80th Anniversary Commemoration

We were able to commemorate my father in law being on board the USS Nevada on that Sunday morning 80 years ago by being at Pearl Harbor. My wife and 2 of her siblings, as well as my daughter and her family, were able to be there this year. Having flags that were flown on the 7th at the USS Arizona Memorial are a tribute to the acts of bravery and sacrifice that occurred that morning throughout Oahu. The 2 flags I ordered were flown on the 7th and arrived with certificates very quickly. Thank you Pacific Historic Parks!!!