July 4th celebrations planned for Hilo, Kona
(BIVN) – Hawaii County announced Thursday that July 4th celebrations will take place this year in Hilo and Kona. The Department of Parks and Recreation provided details on events planned on both sides of the Big Island.
The Hilo Bay Blast fireworks display will begin at 8 p.m., depending on the county, with professional fireworks launched from a barge moored in Hilo Bay. The Hawai’i County Band will feature live fireworks accompaniment with a performance starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Mo’oheau Bandstand. Na Leo TV will broadcast the event live on Spectrum TV Channel 55. Also:
- Lihiwai Street, from Keliʻipio Lane to the Isle parking entrance, will be closed to traffic from Sunday July 4 at 2 a.m. to Monday July 5 at 10 a.m.
- The Bayfront Highway, from Waiānuenue Avenue to Pauahi Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 4. All gates along Mo’oheau Park and the Hilo Bayfront football fields will be open to pedestrians. the shore of Hilo Bay to see the fireworks display.
- All parks in the Hilo area will remain open until 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 4 only.
The Kona fireworks display will begin at 8 p.m., with professional fireworks launched from the north end of the old Kailua Park trail. The County added:
- The north end of Kailua Park (including the old trail, Makaeo hiking trail, skatepark, canoes, beach pavilions, shore, and Pawai Bay) will be closed to unauthorized access from Saturday 3 July at 8 p.m. to Monday July. 5 to 7 a.m.
- The south end of Kailua Park will remain open until 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, so people can park and view the fireworks display.
- All other parks in the Kona area will close at regular times.
“Please adhere to Covid-19 safety protocols mandated by Hawai’i County – physical distancing, face coverings and limits on the size of gatherings,” the county press release said. “Personal fireworks, alcohol and tobacco consumption, and electronic cigarettes are prohibited in all county and state parks. “
Additionally, on the water, the county states that “all vessels, including kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards operating at night, should be equipped with navigation lights and personal flotation devices. A 100 yard perimeter will be established around the fireworks barge at Hilo Bay; unauthorized vessels are not allowed to moor, drift, cross or enter this area.