Pearl Harbor historic sites announce ‘free pass days’

| June 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Families, friends and senior military leaders joined the FY16 Young Alakai leader development program members for a graduation ceremony at the USS Missouri, Jan. 2016. (File photo)

Offered in celebration of Armed Forces birthdays

Jaclyn Hawse
Battleship Missouri Memorial
PEARL HARBOR — The Pearl Harbor Historic Sites will commemorate the official birthdays of each branch of the U.S. military by offering free pass days to active duty service members, retired service members and their dependents.

The Battleship Missouri Memorial, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park will all offer free admission to the service members of each respective military branch on the dates listed below. A valid military ID must be presented at the Ticket and Information Booth at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center or onsite at each of the historic sites.

Service Branch   Free Pass Days        Birthday

Army                         June 17 and 18              June 14

Coast Guard           Aug. 5 and 6                   Aug. 4

Air Force                 Sept. 16 and 17               Sept. 18

Navy                         Oct. 14 and 15                Oct. 13

Marine Corps         Nov. 11 and 12                Nov. 10

National Guard       Dec. 16 and 17               Dec. 13


About the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites
Welcoming approximately 1.7 million visitors each year, the Pearl Harbor attractions include several independent historic sites – some under the purview of the U.S. National Park Service and others operated by private, nonprofit organizations. Together, and in partnership with Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, they carry forth the legacies of some of our nation’s most treasured icons.

Although Pearl Harbor is one historic destination, there are four distinct sites to visit, each with its own story to tell. Each attraction is as compelling as the next and none that the visitor would want to miss. For more information, visit

Battleship Missouri Memorial
Since opening in January 1999, the Battleship Missouri Memorial has attracted more than 7 million visitors from around the world with a fascinating tour experience showcasing the USS Missouri’s unique place in history.

Located a mere ship’s length from the USS Arizona Memorial, the Mighty Mo completes a historical visitor experience that begins with the “Day of Infamy” and sinking of the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, and ends with Japan’s formal surrender aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945.

The USS Missouri has had an impressive career over five decades and three wars – World War II, the Korean War and Desert Storm – after which it was decommissioned and donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc., a nonprofit organization. The Association operates the Battleship Missouri Memorial as a historic attraction and oversees her care and preservation with the support of visitors, memberships grants and donations.

The Battleship Missouri Memorial is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m (8 a.m. to 5p.m. June, July and August). General admission, which includes choice of an optional tour, is $27 per adult and $13 per child (4-12 years old).

Military, kamaaina (local residents) and school group pricing is available. For information or reservations, call (toll-free) 1-877-644-4896 or visit

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor
Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, opened 10 years ago, is a private, nonprofit organization that occupies the Word War II hangars and control tower on Ford Island that still bear the scars as our nation’s first aviation battlefield.

Giving visitors a front-row seat to the Pacific Theater and presenting 50 aircraft and their stories, the museum was named “one of the Top Ten Aviation Attractions” by TripAdvisor.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $25 per adult and $15 per child 4-12 years old; 3 years old and under, free.

Military, kamaaina (local resident), school group and special events pricing are on the website. For more information, call 441-1000 or visit

Tickets and a free flight simulator coupon are available online.

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park
Adjacent to the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, operated as a private, nonprofit organization, is dedicated to the sacrifice of more than 3,500 submarine personnel lost in World War II. This gallant band of brothers, compromising less than 2 percent of the U.S. Navy, sank more than 5.5 million tons of enemy ships, while sustaining losses of 52 submarines that remain on eternal patrol.

The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park is open daily from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Combined general admission to the submarine and museum is $12 per adult and $5 per child 4-12 years old.

Military, kamaaina (local resident) and school group pricing is available. For more information, call 423-1341 or visit


World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument
The USS Arizona, USS Oklahoma and USS Utah Memorials are operated and maintained by the National Park Service as part of the recently designed World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. The three ships’ memorials honor and commemorate all members of the U.S. armed forces and civilians who gave their lives to their country during the attack on the island of Oahu and Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

Visitors to the USS Arizona Memorial take a Navy launch to the memorial between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The USS Oklahoma Memorial is located on Ford Island next to the Battleship Missouri and can be accessed via the Battleship Missouri Memorial shuttle bus.

Access to the USS Utah Memorial is limited to those with military IDs.

The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is open daily from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit and or call 954-8778.

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