There’s a fantastic slate of Independence Day celebrations all over Hawaii, the Big Island. You’ll find many fun ways ways to enjoy the day with parades, family-friendly activities and fireworks to light up the night sky.
Here’s what’s happening around the Big Island on Tuesday, July 4, 2017:
Kona July 4th Parade & Fireworks Extravaganza
The annual Independence Day Parade through Kailua-Kona is set for 6pm. We recommend finding a nice spot to watch the parade along Ali’i Drive. The fireworks show is set to begin at 8pm and will be visible from along beautiful Kailua Bay in Kailua-Kona town.
Prior to the parade, there’s a craft and food fair at Hale Halawai from 9am to 6pm in Kailua-Kona.
Waikoloa Beach Resort July 4th Fireworks & Events
The two shopping centers at Waikoloa Beach Resort are hosting several family-friendly celebrations.
- Festivities at Kings’ Shops begins at 11am with food booths, children’s entertainment and live music. The 26th Annual Waikoloa Rubber Duckie Race, a fund raiser for the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii, starts at 3pm. See this link for the full schedule of events and more information.
- Queens’ MarketPlace hosts live entertainment at the Coronation Pavillon starting at noon. There will also be carnival games, balloon-twist art and more. After the fireworks show, there will be more live music until 9:30pm. See this link for more information about these free events.
The Waikoloa fireworks show at the Waikoloa Bowl is set for 8pm. The bowl opens at 4:30pm with live entertainment by Tomi Isobe Blues Band and the United States Air Force Band of the Pacific starting at 5:00pm. This event is free and open to the public.
28th Annual Turtle Independence Day Celebration at the Mauna Lani
The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows resort hosts their annual July 4th Turtle Independence Day Celebration. At this event, the hotel releases the young honu (sea turtles) that they have nurtured in their saltwater ponds. In addition to the ceremony and parade of honu going into the ocean, there will also be live entertainment and educational displays about honu. This event is free and open to the public. Food and drink will be available for purchase. This event will be held from 10:30am to noon. See this link for more information.
55th Annual Fourth of July Rodeo and Horse Races at Parker Ranch
The annual rodeo and horse races are set at the Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena in Waimea. This rodeo celebrates the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) and their skills. Kids activities will include a petting zoo and pony rides. Doors open at 7am with the rodeo action starting at 9am. Tickets are $7 if purchased in advance and $10 at the gate. See this link for more information.
Hilo Bay Blast Fireworks & Celebrations
Hilo Bayfront will be blocked off for a full day of fun, games, cook offs, music and more to celebrate July 4th. The big fireworks show over the bay is set for 8pm. See this link for the schedule of events and more information.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel 4th of July BBQ
A lavish, all-American fourth of July barbecue will be set on the beach front lawn at the hotel. Fireworks are planned for 8:30pm. The price is $120 for adults and $60 for children. See this link for more information.
Happy July 4th!