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On Monday, November 1, at 9:00 a.m. HST, Pearl Harbor National Memorial will launch the Recreation.gov lottery for public access to view the livestream of the December 7th Pearl Harbor Commemoration Main Ceremony taking place on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Those who are successful in obtaining tickets in the lottery will be able to attend the livestream event at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, located at 1 Arizona Memorial Place, Honolulu, Hawai`i 96818. The lottery will close at 9:00 a.m. HST on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.
The Visitor Center will be staffed with Pearl Harbor National Memorial park rangers and volunteers for the livestream viewing event. The Pacific Historic Parks bookstore and Snack Shop will be open at 5:30 a.m. Viewing will be available at multiple locations throughout the Visitor Center to ensure social distancing and COVID-19 mitigations can be followed.
To apply, you must create or use your existing Recreation.gov account. Lottery applications will be limited to one (1) per Recreation.gov account. Each application will be allowed to request up to three (3) additional seats for a total of four (4) seats. Children two-years old and above must be accounted for in your request. You can apply via www.recreation.gov or the Recreation,gov Mobile App available for both iOS and Android mobile devices. Sign Up - Recreation.gov
On Friday, November 12, those selected by the randomized distribution system will be notified by Recreation.gov at their registered email address. We will not be offering standby reservations to backfill behind visitors unable to use their awarded seats. These awarded lottery seats are non-transferable. The lottery application fee will be $1 and there will be no additional fees if you are successful in securing a reservation to attend the ceremony.
These lottery seats are not linked to USS Arizona Memorial Program tickets. You must reserve those separately with your Recreation.gov account. National Park Service facilitated USS Arizona Memorial Programs will run weather and safety permitting from 12:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
You may be required to pass through multiple check points. Those with Recreation.gov lottery seats will be required to show proof of identification, proof of a successful Recreation.gov lottery ticket, and will be required to show proof of vaccination status or a negative COVD-19 test completed no later than the previous 3 days prior to entering the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Masks will be required to be worn by all visitors over the age of two (2), except when eating or drinking. COVID-19 Safety - Pearl Harbor National Memorial (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov).
To recreate responsibly, those attending should plan to pack out what they pack in and to only bring items that they can carry. Pearl Harbor National Memorial has a strict no bag policy. Umbrellas will not be permitted for this event, as they will block the viewshed. Plan for rain; hats, raincoats, and ponchos may be beneficial based on the day’s weather forecast.
Extra security measures will be in place. Motorists should expect traffic congestion on all routes near Pearl Harbor National Memorial the morning of December 7. Parking at the Visitor Center on December 7 from 5:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. will only be permitted for those with Recreation.gov lottery tickets.
For more information and for those unable to secure Recreation.gov lottery seats to watch the livestream at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, travel to Hawaii, or would like to watch from home the USS Nevada, USS Utah, and USS Oklahoma ceremonies, you can join us virtually at: www.nps.gov/perl, www.facebook.com/PearlHarborNPS, www.facebook.com/NavyRegionHawaii and www.pearlharborevents.com.
Pearl Harbor National Memorial, Pearl Harbor and its partners preserve, interpret, and commemorate the history of World War II in the Pacific from the events leading to the December 7, 1941, attack on Oʻahu, to peace and reconciliation. For more about the memorial, please visit www.nps.gov/pearlharbor and www.facebook.com/PearlHarborNPS.
Last updated: June 30, 2022