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Hawaiʻi County Announces July 4th Celebrations

The Department of Parks & Recreation announced this year’s July 4th celebrations which will be taking place in Hilo and Kailua-Kona.

In a press release Mayor Roth said, “We are proud to be able to offer our community fun and safe activities across the island to celebrate the Fourth of July year after year. These events provide spaces for us to come together, strengthen our bonds, and create lasting memories. By bringing our community together in celebration, we not only honor our nation’s independence but also reinforce the spirit of unity and aloha that defines Hawaiʻi Island.”

Further information on the various county events can be found below:


  • Beginning at 7 a.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3830 will host the “A Salute to Our Veterans” Hilo Bay 5K Run/Walk 2024 at Liliʻuokalani Gardens. For more information or to register, visit or email
  • From 10 a.m. through 3 p.m., the “Hot Rides Expo,” featuring vintage, classic and futuristic vehicles, will be held at the Hilo Bayfront Soccer Fields (mauka fields). All show vehicles are welcome to participate at no charge and may arrive starting at 7:30 a.m. at the former gas station on the corner of Kamehameha Avenue and Pauahi Street. Show vehicles are encouraged to stay until 3 p.m.
  • During the “Hot Rides Expo,” live music will be performed by Saddle Road Band, After Party, Vizion 20/20, Johnny Ness, and Hot Potaytahs. Food trucks and children’s activities, including water slides and bounce houses, will be available at the Hilo Bayfront Soccer Fields.
  • At 8 p.m., the “Hilo Bay Blast” fireworks exhibition will begin with professional pyrotechnics set off from a barge moored in Hilo Bay. The Hawai‘i County Band will present a live accompaniment to the fireworks with a performance that begins at 7 p.m. at the Mo‘oheau Park bandstand. For those not near the bandstand, the fireworks display will be synchronized to patriotic music aired on KWXX.
  • Lihiwai Street, from Keliʻipio Lane to the entrance of Isle’s parking lot, will be closed to vehicular traffic from Thursday, July 4 at 2 a.m. through Friday, July 5 at 10 a.m.
  • Bayfront Highway, from Waiānuenue Avenue to Pauahi Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6 p.m. through 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 4. In addition, all gates along Mo‘oheau Park and the Hilo Bayfront Soccer Fields will be open to allow pedestrian access to the Hilo Bay shoreline to view the fireworks exhibition.

As a reminder, all Hilo area parks will remain open until 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 4.

In addition, the Hilo Bayfront Soccer Fields have been designated as the Kupuna Viewing Station. The Department of Parks & Recreation’s Elderly Activities Division will provide shuttle service from the Kamanā Senior Center, located at 127 Kamanā Street. The shuttle will run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and the return shuttle will run from 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Individuals 55 years and older who want to use the shuttle service may contact Elderly Recreation Services at (808) 961-8710 for more information.




  • Presented in partnership with the Kailua-Kona Community Parade Association and Fireworks Committee, the Fourth of July parade along Kuakini Highway and Ali‘i Drive begins at 6 p.m.
  • At 8 p.m., the “Independence Day Extravaganza” fireworks exhibition will begin with professional pyrotechnics set off from a barge moored in Kailua Bay.
  • For more information, including the complete parade route and list of road closures that will be in effect from 5:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., visit


For more information on any of the above mentioned events, call the Department of Parks & Recreation’s Culture & Education Division at (808) 961-8706.


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