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4th of July Celebrations Around the Big Island

Photo by Stealingsand

Photo by Stealingsand

It’s that time of year when we break out the grill, throw some hot-dogs and hamburgers on it, and gather in the backyard with our family and neighbors.  It’s that time of year when we shoot fireworks up into the sky, cheer as marching bands make their way through the streets, and celebrate our independence.

If you’re a resident of the Big Island or happen to be visiting on the 4th of July, you won’t want to miss some of the island’s festivities.  Below you’ll find a variety of events that have become traditions over the years.

Turtle Independence Day:  Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows will be celebrating its 25th annual Turtle Independence Day this year.  Its one of the most touching and sacred events you’ll witness on the Kohala Coast.  Come down in the morning to see the three and four year old Hawaiian green sea turtles (Honu) taken from their salt water ponds and released into the wild.  The ceremony will be followed by entertainment and a beach-side barbecue.

Volcano Village Fourth of July Parade & Celebration: Volcano Village is home to artists and writers.  It’s no surprise their parade is packed with the free spirit of the town.  Don’t miss horses and animals in costume marching down the street alongside antique cars and the Hawaii County Band.   The parade will be followed by festivities with music, food booths, a dunking pond, and more.  The parade begins at 9:00 am and goes from the Volcano Post Office to the Cooper Community Center.

Parker Ranch Annual July 4th Horse Races & Rodeo in Waimea:  Are you ready for some roping and riding?  This 4th of July marks the 52nd year Parker Ranch will invite families out to watch horse races, team roping, double mugging, and many other rodeo feats.  There will be lots of things for the kids to do including roping practice and pony rides. Gates open at 9:00 am.

Releasing the Honu

Releasing the Honu, Photo by Troy McKakle

Hilo Bay Blast:  The Hawaii County Band will be playing at the Mo`oheau bandstand starting at 7:00 pm followed by a firework extravaganza at 8:00 pm.  Bring the family to Hilo Bay for games, grilling, live entertainment, and more.

19th Annual Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade and Fireworks: The Hawaii National Guard will be leading the parade this year and the theme is “United As One!”  The parade starts at 6:00 pm and goes from the Kekuaokalani Gym down Ali’i Drive to Walua Road.  Fireworks will be launched over Kailua Bay starting at 8:00 pm.

If you’d like more information about cultural events on the Big Island or one of our property listings, please get in touch with us at, MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty.

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