4th of July Celebrations in Kailua Kona 2022


Kona Parade and Fireworks Show

Looking for the fun for the 4th in Kona? The 25th annual Kailua-Kona Fourth of July Parade will begin at 6pm and wind through the Kailua Village. If you do it right, find a great seat along the sea wall to watch the parade, and then when the fireworks begin over Kailua Bay at 8 pm, you can just spin around and watch the light show! Bring a picnic and make an evening of it. This year’s parade theme is “A Salute to Our Hometown Heroes.”

The professional pyrotechnics are set off from a barge moored in Kailua Bay. Check for any updates and to make a donation at this link.

For adults, the fun can be had at any one of the bars along Alii Drive as most will have a view of the parade as it comes down the street. For the bars along the water front, you can watch the parade AND the fireworks. Some restaurants to consider are:

Don’s Mai Tai Bar at Royal Kona Resort-this property basically has front row seats to the fireworks show. You can watch the end of the parade and walk back into the bar to see the light show!

Photo credit: Kirk Short Photography 

Huggos on the Rocks- Again, you can sit on the seawall near the restaurant for the parade and walk into the restaurant for almost front row seats to the fireworks.

Big Kahuna – right across from the King Kamehameha Hotel, the seats along the railing can see both the parade and the fireworks.

Gertrude’s – as they are on the second floor and look down upon Alii Drive to enjoy the parade AND have a view of the bay as it lights up with fireworks.

Fosters Grill and Lava Java both have front row seats to the parade and fireworks, and this area (which includes the volleyball sand pits) is THE place for families to watch the show on the street, so it’s definitely festive.

Tip: Alii Drive in front of Lava Java turns into a bit of  chaos as people light fireworks on the street after the fireworks are done. Good idea not to have children there after 8:30.

Waikoloa Beach Resort July 4th Activities (NO Fireworks for 2022) 

Queen’s MarketPlace and Kings’s Shops  at Waikoloa Beach Resort are hosting several family-friendly celebrations.

Queens’ Marketplace will hosts live music, lawn games, popcorn and cotton candy from 2pm to 6pm. See this link for more details on this event.

Kings’ Shops is bringing back the Great Waikoloa Rubber Duckie Race along with fun entertainment and contests. This event benefits the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii. See this flyer for the schedule of events.The two shopping centers within Waikoloa, Kings’ Shops and Queens’ Marketplace, host fun events such as live entertainment and plenty of fun family-friendly activities.

Have a safe and sane 4th of July and don’t forget that Target and other vendors are selling fireworks this week for your home party. Again, safe and sane. Right?

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More activities:

Annual Fourth of July Rodeo and Horse Races at Parker Ranch 

The 58th Annual Parker Ranch July 4th Rodeo and Horse Race is set to happen in 2022 after a two-year pause.  Traditionally, this rodeo celebrates the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) and their skills. See this link for more information and how to obtain tickets.

For more info check out www.GoVisitHawaii.com 


  • All events are subject to change without notice. COVID-19 restrictions may create challenges and changes.
  • More events may be added or revised. Check back for updates.
  • Some events are very dependent upon fundraisers and local financial support. As such, they may be cancelled with little notice if they don’t raise enough funds. When/if we know of these situations, we will note them.
  • Personal fireworks, alcohol, tobacco use and e-cigs are prohibited at all county and state parks.
  • Operation of UAVs/drones within five miles of the Hilo and Kona airports as well as within county and state parks is prohibited.

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Julie Ziemelis is an entrepreneur, business owner, author, blogger and vlogger in Kailua Kona. She created and moderates the “365 Things to Do in Kona” page and the Kona Newbies group on Facebook. She blogs at 365Kona.com and MoveToHawaii365.com and vlogs with her husband, Eric, at “365Hawaii” on YouTube. Julie also authored the books, “How to Move to Kona” and the “Insiders Guide to Buying Real Estate on the Big Island of Hawaii”. You will most likely find Julie in Kona hiking, running, biking, taking photos and sharing Aloha.

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