Hawaii’s Big Island July 4th Fireworks & Events 2011


Looking for what to do for July 4th 2016? Our list has published! See the 2016 list of Big Island July 4th Fireworks & Celebrations.


The following list is from 2011 for reference purposes only. For 2016, see Hawaii’s Big Island July 4th Fireworks & Celebrations 2016

Fun festivals, parades and fireworks are planned throughout Hawaii’s Big Island this July 4th. You’ll find many family-friendly ways to celebrate Independence Day with Aloha on Hawaii. Here’s a list of where to go for July 4th fireworks and celebrations.

As July 4th fireworks displays are popular, I’ll list all the Big Island July 4th fireworks events first.

Waikoloa July 4th FIREWORKS
See a beautiful fireworks display accompanied by live music by the US Air force Band of the Pacific at the Waikoloa Bowl at the Waikoloa Beach Resort. Doors open at 5pm. The concert begins at 6pm and the big fireworks begin at 8pm. Bring a beach blanket or chair to this free event.

Kailua-Kona Community 4th of July Parade & FIREWORKS Celebration
A fun parade through Kailua-Kona starts at 5:30 followed by fireworks display over Kailua Bay at approximately 8:15pm. The parade route will begin at Kona’s pool next to Kekuaokalani Gym, along Kuakini to Palani, along Ali’I drive to Walua road past Coconut Grove Marketplace. LAVA 105.3 FM will provide simultaneous patriotic music. This event is free. For more information on this July 4th parade and fireworks display, call 808-327-3603. (Source: Kona Web)

Hilo July 4th  FIREWORKS
Hilo’s night sky will light up with fireworks at 8pm from Coconut Island. See this Google Map indicating Coconut Island.

20th Annual Great Waikoloa Rubber Duckie Race at Waikoloa Kings’ Shops
Enjoy live entertainment from 10am – 6pm at the Kings’ Shops of Waikoloa. This event features local artists, balloons, face painting, cotton candy, popcorn, a watermelon eating contest, duck waddling contests, and shopping discounts, The rubber duckie race begins at 3pm. For more information, go to WaikoloaBeachResort.com or call 808-886-8811.

4th of July Extravaganza at Waikoloa Queen’s MarketPlace
Enjoy entertainment, balloon sculpting, face painting popcorn, cotton candy, and Zoo Choo. The festivities begin at 11am and continue throughout the day. Visit WaikoloaBeachResort.com or call 808-886-8822 for more information.


Volcano Village July 4th Parade & Celebration
This Independence Day parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the Volcano Post Office and proceed for one half mile along Old Volcano Road to Cooper Community Center. The parade will feature the Hawaii County Band, floats, antique cars, fire engines, bicycles, horses, and animals in costumes! Music, games, food booths, dunking pond, craft fair and prizes to follow. Call Betsy Mitchell for more information at (808) 967-7209. (Per Kona Web)  This event is free, however you may want to support this annual parade by going to the July 4th Silent Auction from 9am to 11:30am at the Cooper Center on Wright Road in Volcano Village. For more information, see this link.

Parker Ranch July 4th Rodeo
Celebrate July 4th paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) style at the 49th Annual Independence Weekend Rodeo at the Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena in Waimea. Action begins at 9am and continues until noon. The Parker Ranch July 4th rodeo provides an opportunity to see Hawai‘i’s cowboys in action while enjoying local food, keiki (children) activities with the “kids favorite,” pony rides. Tickets for the Monday, July 4th event are $5 per person in advance or $6 at the gate. Presale tickets are on sale now at the Parker Ranch Store in the Parker Ranch Center, Waimea. Children ages 10 and under are free. For more information, call 808-885-5669 or visit www.parkerranch.com.

Ka’u 4th of July Parade & Ho’olaulea
Event will take place from 10am-6pm. Parade on Highway 11 will begin at 10am, featuring pa’u riders, classic cars. floats and marchers, followed by a ho’olaulea at the ball park from 11am-6pm. Food, crafts, service booths, and a full lineup of entertainment are planned. (Source: Kona Web)

22nd Annual Turtle Independence Day Celebration
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows hosts a fun event releasing juvenile honu (Hawaiian sea turtles) into the ocean. The annual Turtle Independence Day celebration honors the honu and educates the public about this endangered Hawaiian sea turtle.

Since 1989, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows has received 3-5 month old juvenile honu  from Oahu’s Sea Life Park and has raised them in the saltwater ponds of the resort. The honu are cared for until they grow to a size and weight that is deemed appropriate for release into the ocean. Mauna Lani generally raises the honu for 2-3 years until they grow to a minimum shell length of 35 cm. The release occurs every July 4 at the ocean’s edge fronting Mauna Lani. Over the years Mauna Lani has released over 206 honu.

This year’s Turtle Independence Day event goes from 10:30am to noon at the water’s edge fronting the hotel. For more information, call 808-885-6622.

Hilo Bay BBQ Cook-Off
July 4th at Hilo’s Bayfront from 11am to 5pm. See this link for more information.

– All times, dates, pricing were accurate at the time of publishing.
– If updates are discovered, they will be incorporated, so, bookmark this page and do check back as July 4th nears.
– If you are looking for July 4th fireworks and celebrations on other islands, see July 4th in Hawaii.
– Happy July 4th to you and yours!

    1. Janet – me too! With Parker Ranch being such a large ranch, I’m sure they put on a great rodeo. And, they’re in their 49th year. It’s gotta be good!

  1. This is fantastic information! Thank you! Any word yet on Hilo fireworks?

    1. Vicissitude — just got word through our friends at the Big Island Visitors Bureau that there will be Hilo fireworks at 8pm from Coconut Island! Yay!

  2. You DO realize that Hwy 11 runs for about 50 miles thru Kau, don’t you? Based on the comment that the Hoolaulea will be “held at the ballpark”, I would guess that the parade is being held in Naalehu. FYI for those trying to figure it out.

  3. Thank you so much for posting this! It’s all the information I needed. Mahalo again and again!

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