Independence Day falls on a Thursday in 2019. To help you plan a music, parade and fireworks-filled day with your 'ohana, we've rounded up the best activities from around the Big Island. Whether you're looking for a car show, rubber duckie race or an upcountry parade or rodeo, there's sure to be something to please every member of the family.
Enjoy celebrating July 4th Big Island style!
July 4th activities in Hilo kick off at 7:00 am with the Salute to Our Veterans Hilo Bay 5K run/walk and wrap up Thursday evening with a Hawaii County Band concert at 7:00 pm at the Bandstand followed by a dynamic fireworks display at 8:00 pm at the Bayfront. Be sure to tune in to radio station KWXX for the full effect. The fireworks show will be synchronized to patriotic music to make the show even more special.
For a full list of July 4th activities and road closures in Hilo, read the 2019 July 4th Hilo Bay Blast press release from Hawaii County's Department of Parks and Recreation.
The Volcano Community Association's annual July 4th parade begins at 9:00 am at the Volcano Post Office and continues to Wright Road and Cooper Center. There will be food and craft vendors and games for the keiki.
For road closure and shuttle information, see the Volcano Community Association newsletter.
Celebrate the Big Island's paniolo heritage in upcountry Waimea from 9:00 am to noon on Thursday, July 4th, 2019. Gates open at 7:00 am so plan to arrive early to get ready for the grand entry parade!
While celebrating our nation’s independence, Parker Ranch paniolo will be joined by other nearby ranches for a round-up of traditional rodeo events, including horse races, ranch mugging, team roping and more. These events will showcase the skills that have made Hawaiian paniolo famous throughout the world and which continue to keep the unique ranching lifestyle and culture alive in Hawaii.
There will also be craft vendors, food from local businesses and activities for the kids, such as a petting zoo and pony rides.
Tickets are $8.00 presale and $10 at the gate. Admission is free for children 12 and under.
For more information, call 808-885-7311 or visit parkerranch.com
Family-friendly events get underway at Waikoloa Resort at 10:30 am with an opening hula and chant at the Kings' Shops. The ever-popular Rubber Duckie Race is at 3:00 pm and the day wraps up with music and fireworks at the Waikoloa Bowl at 8:00 pm. (Waikoloa Bowl entrances open at 4:45 pm for those wanting to arrive early.) At Queens' Marketplace, there will be live music, face painting, keiki give-aways and more throughout the day.
For a full list of live music options and other activities, see the Waikoloa Beach Resort Fourth of July Extravaganza flyer.
The Kailua Kona Independence Day Parade and July 4th celebration is scheduled from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Thursday, July 4th in historic Kailua Village. This community celebration showcases local vendors and small businesses along Ali'i Drive. At the time of this event page was published, the Kailua Kona Community Parade Association was still fundraising for fireworks for 2019. To learn more visit paradesinkona.com or read the fundraising letter from Barbara J. Kossow, Chair of July 4th Fireworks.
Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!