Hawaii may be the youngest of America’s 50 states, but with a slate of fireworks shows, parades, concerts and more, there’s no doubt the Aloha State knows how to celebrate Independence Day. Here’s a roundup of some fun-filled events this Fourth of July weekend.
4th of July ‘A Salute to Our Veterans’ Hilo Bay 5k
Liliuokalani Park & Gardens
Banyan Dr., Hilo
This event benefits the Veterans of Foreign Wars 3830 and Auxiliary in Pahoa and starts at Liliuokalani Gardens, at 7 a.m. July 4. Register for a 5K run or walk.
58th Annual July 4th Rodeo and Horse Races
Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena
67-1349 Ala Ohia St., Kamuela | 808-885-2307
This July 4th favorite returns with a bang 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 4. Horse races, ranch mugging, team roping, and po‘o wai u are all still part of the excitement along with crafts, food vendors, and Keiki activities. Tickets: $10 presale/$15 at the gate.
Turtle Independence Day Celebration
Mauna Lani Bay
This major 4th of July attraction is located on the Kohala Coast from 10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. The traditional festivities feature the release of young Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. The event also includes a parade hosted by the little Volcano Village and hoolaulea along Old Volcano Road.
Fourth of July Extravaganza
Grand Naniloa Resort
93 Banyan Dr., Hilo | 808-969-3333
Free Independence Day fun for the public begins at noon July 4 and includes a shark water slide, bouncy castle, face painting, food, plus a Budweiser/Bud Light Beer Garden and DJ Pa3CO taking over the evening hours, 5-9 p.m. Fireworks show begins 8 p.m.
4th of July Celebration 2022
69-201 Waikoloa Dr., Waikoloa | 808-886-8822
There won’t be any fireworks at this year’s July 4th event, but there will be lots of fun for the entire family, 2-6 p.m. July 4. Enjoy face painting (2-5 p.m.), live performances, lawn games, free popcorn, and cotton candy (starting at 2 p.m. while supplies last), plus giveaways while supplies last.
Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade & Fireworks Extravaganza
The July 4th celebration returns to this seaside town at 6 p.m. July 4 as the parade begins at Kekuaokalani Gymnasium and travels along Kuakini Hwy., to Alii Dr. and through Kailua Village to Walua Rd. The fireworks display begins at 8 p.m. at Kailua Bay.
A Salute to Our Hometown Heroes
The Kailua-Kona 4th of July celebration parade begins at 6 p.m. The parade will be followed by a fireworks show at 8 p.m.
Hilo Bay Blast Fireworks and Celebrations
The Hilo Bay Blast firework show is scheduled at 8 p.m. Celebrations also include family lawn games, cooking competitions, and music.