On Maui, you can start your 4th of July celebrations two days early! The rustic cowboy town of Makawao in Upcountry Maui hosts their 46th annual parade on Saturday, July 2nd. The parade begins at 9 am, passing through the main part of town and finishing at Eddie Tam Field, with activities ending at noon. Come early for the kids’ stick horse race at 8:45 am and also secure a good vantage point for the parade.
I suggest you try and park at Oskie Rice arena for the morning parade, because after the parade is over you’ll already be positioned for the 56th Annual Makawao Rodeo, beginning at 1 pm. You may be surprised to know that Hawaii had cowboys before Texas or Oklahoma, and our rodeo is the biggest in the state. Competitions include calf roping, bronco riding, barrel racing, and a Friday night bull bash. Sponsored by the Maui Roping Society, the event has fee of $15 adult, $10 seniors and students, and $5 kids.
If you are looking for ideas on where to celebrate the Fourth, head to Lahaina. Under the famous banyan tree on Front Street you can enjoy Hawaiian jazz, and other popular music with a free concert starting at 5:30 pm. One featured act is the Maui Community Band, with up to 75 talented musicians performing a variety of traditional July 4th pieces. Following the concert will be a firework show off the historic Lahaina waterfront at 8 pm.
Looking for a tropical way to enjoy the 4th of July? How about joining an evening boat tour to see the firework displays from the Pacific Ocean. Trilogy boat tours sets sail at 6:30 pm from the Lahaina Harbor and includes a BBQ dinner. The Pacific Whale Foundation leaves from Maalaea Harbor at 6:30, 6:45, and 7 pm. PWF also offers firework boat tours out of Lahaina Harbor at 7 and 7:30 pm. Prices range around $70 or less.
If you are vacationing on the other side of the island, no worries! You can sit on the beach and watch Wailea’s own fireworks show. Crowds will gather in front of the Four Seasons and the Grand Wailea Resort for a great view of the free 8 pm show.
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