This page is fully updated for July 4th 2018.
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 Wednesday, July 4, 2018:
Kona July 4th Parade & Fireworks over Kailua Bay
The 23rd annual Kailua-Kona Fourth of July Parade is set to begin at 6pm. We recommend finding a nice spot to watch the parade along Ali’i Drive. Fireworks over Kona’s Kailua Bay is planned for 8pm start.
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 11:30am and carry on throughout the day. The 27th Annual Waikoloa Rubber Duckie Race, a fundraiser for the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii, starts at 3pm. See this link for the full schedule of free events and more information.
- Queens’ MarketPlace hosts live entertainment at the Coronation Pavillon starting at noon. See this link for more information about these free events.
The Waikoloa fireworks extravaganza at the Waikoloa Bowl is set for 8pm. This event is free and open to the public. Entrances open at 4:45pm. Live music starts at 5pm. See this link for more information.
29th 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.
56th 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 day begins at 7am with a “Salute to Our Veterans” 5K Run/Walk. The “Hot Rides Expo” car show will run from 10am to 3pm at the mauka soccer field. The big fireworks show over the bay is set for 8pm per Hawaii County.
Happy July 4th!