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July 4th Celebrations Include Cook-Offs, Concerts and Classic Cars

July 2, 2012, 5:12 PM HST
* Updated July 4, 10:18 PM
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Wednesday’s observance of the signing of the Declaration of Independence will be celebrated in Hilo with activities ranging from cook-offs to concerts to classic cars.

5K Run

July 4th will kick off with a 7 a.m. 5-kilometer run/walk sponsored by Post 3830 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The race both starts and ends at Liliuokalani Park. Online registration is available at www.vfwpost3830.com.

Hilo BBQ Cook-Off

For  barbeque lovers, the two-day Hilo BBQ Cook-Off will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Hilo Bayfront commuter parking lot on the makai side of Kamehameha Avenue.

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An internationally sanctioned competition serving as the Hawaii State Championship, the cook-off will feature the three-time US barbeque champion from California, two teams from Texas, and the defending champion from Oahu.

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Judging begins at 11 a.m. on Wednesday for the chili, chicken, pork spare ribs, pork and brisket categories. Winners will be announced at 5 p.m.

Classic Cars

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Hawaii Classic Cruisers’ Car Show & Shine will present hundreds of classic automobiles and truck for public viewing along the Hilo Bayfront Park canoe-landing area. The event, part of the 10-day-long Cruise Paradise 2012, will include live entertainment.

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Skateboarding Competition

The Hilo Skate Park Coalition will be holding its “Street Seen” team skateboarding competition on the bayfront park’s mauka lane between noon and 5 p.m.

Waterslide and Jumping Castle

The Mo‘oheau baseball field at bayfront will host children’s games and contests and will feature a water slide and jumping castle. The bandstand will feature Zumba, line-dancing and musical performances.

Concert

The Hawaii County Band will play its traditional Independence Day concert at the Mo‘oheau Bandstand featuring patriotic songs beginning at 7 p.m.

Hilo Fireworks

The Bayfront Highway will be closed from 6-10 p.m. for that mainstay of Hilo’s July 4th celebrations, the annual fireworks show from Coconut Island, which begins at 8 p.m.

Free the Turtles

Elsewhere on the island, “Turtle Independence Day” will again be held at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows in South Kohala.

The event involves a ceremony-filled release into the ocean of young turtles that have been raised in the resort’s saltwater ponds. It will be held at 10:30 a.m.

Rubber Duckie Race

The 21st Annual Rubber Duckie Race will be held at 3 p.m. at the Kings’ Shops at the Waikoloa Beach Resort. Online “adoption certificates” can be purchased at www.kingsshops.com. The first 50 duckies to cross the finish line will share more than $24,000 in prizes.

Event organizers said last year’s race raised more than $30,000 for the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii.

Festivities at the resort will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and include live entertainment, a watermelon-eating contest, and duck-waddling and duck-calling contests, with the first 500 people to arrive at 9:30 receiving goodie bags.

Entertainment will also be on tap at the resort’s Queens’ Marketplace preceding the fireworks show to be held at 8 p.m.

Kona Parade and Fireworks

The annual Independence Day Parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Kailua-Kona. Organizers said Gov. Neil Abercrombie will be among the participants. See www.paradesinkona.com for information.

Hale Halawai Pavilion in Kailua-Kona will open for July 4th festivities with food booths and a children’s bouncing castle beginning at 3 p.m. and live entertainment at 6:30.

The park on Ali‘i Drive will provide viewing for both the parade and the fireworks show launched from an off-shore barge that begins at 8 p.m.

Waimea Horse Races

In Waimea, the 50th annual Parker Ranch horse races and rodeo will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena. Tickets for those older than 10 years old are $5 before the event and $6 at the gate. See www.parkerranch.com for details.

Volcano Celebrations

The Volcano Community Fourth of July celebration begins at 9 a.m. at the Volcano Post Office and extends to Cooper Community Center. At the end there will be food vendors, a craft fair, silent auction and musical entertainment.

Free Drive-in Movie

This weekend, a free drive-in movie Saturday night will feature the showing of “American Graffit” in the Civil Air Patrol’s parking lot on Kekuanaoa Street, near the Hilo International Airport. The showing is from around 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available from on-site vendors.

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