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24th Annual Turtle Independence Day at Mauna Lani Resort:

10 a.m.-12 p.m., Thursday, July 4. Free and all welcome to the release of honu into the freedom of the open ocean. Since 1989, the resort has received 3-5 month old juvenile Honu from Oahu’s Sea Life Park and raised them in the saltwater ponds of the resort. The honu are raised for 2-3 years until they grow to a size and weight that is classified as healthy for release into the ocean. More than 200 honu have been released into the waters in front of the resort since the program’s inception. Festivities help raise awareness of the need to preserve and protect honu. Guests also enjoy an educational display about the honu. For more information, visit www.maunalani.com.

22nd Annual Great Waikoloa Beach Resort’s Rubber Duckie Race:

10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday, July 4, at the Kings’ Shops. Free including contests such as duck waddling to eating. Adopt a duckie for a chance to win one of the many fantastic prizes. Duckie Race at 3 p.m. Free except for donation for adopting a duck with proceeds benefiting United Cerebral Palsy of Hawaii. For information, call 886-8811, or visit http://www.waikoloabeachresort.com/index.php/big-island-activities-events.

Waikoloa Beach Resorts’ Family Fourth:

12:30-9:30 p.m., Thursday, July 4, at the Queens’ Shops. Begins in the Coronation Pavilion with free cotton candy, popcorn, face painting, balloon sculpting and other festivities offer non-stop fun from 1-5 p.m. For the keiki and the young at heart, there are carnival games for 25 cents, and Zoo Choo train rides for $2, with all proceeds benefiting Special Olympics West Hawaii. Also includes five favorite bands including: Vizion 20/20 from 2-2:24 p.m.; Life in Pursuit from 3-3:45 p.m.; I’land Boiz from 4-4:45 p.m., and Bobby G and the Generous Thieves from 5-5:45 p.m. Then, in the Waikoloa Bowl: Vizion 20/20 and Bump City from 5:15-8 p.m., fireworks at 8 p.m., and Terry Secor and Full Circle from 8:30-9:30 p.m. Beach mats or chairs are welcome for open lawn seating, however coolers, alcoholic beverages and smoking not permitted. Fireworks display co-sponsored by Waikoloa Beach Resort and Hawaii County Fire Department. For more information, visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822.

The 12th Annual Hawaii County Democrats’ July 4 Family Reunion Picnic:

2-4:30 p.m., Thursday, July 4. Maka’eo Main Pavilion (old Kona Airport). Family friendly and all welcome. Includes Independence Day picnic fare of hot dogs, a variety of salads, ice cold watermelon, cakes and beverages, elected officials are contributing door prizes valued at over $1,000. Musical entertainment and children’s activities are included. Celebrate Independence Day and talk story with many elected officials. Confirmed special guests include: Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz, Congresswomen Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard, State Senators Josh Green and Malama Solomon, and County Councilwomen Karen Eoff and Margaret Wille. Also being formally introduced will be newly elected Hawaii County Chair David Tarnas. Immediately after the picnic is the annual Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade. Everyone is invited to participate in the picnic to celebrate American Independence and the right and responsibility of voting and participating in our democracy. After the picnic, all are welcome to join Democratic Party members and friends to walk in a unit in the parade wearing red, white and blue. For more information, call John Buckstead at 326-9779 or email jbuckstead@hawaii.rr.com.

18TH Annual Kailua-Kona Independence Day parade:

5:30 p.m., Thursday, July 4. Pau by 7 p.m. The parade goes from Kona’s Kekuaokalani Gym, south on Kuakini, down Palani, along Ali’i Drive to Coconut Grove Marketplace. Announcing stations at West Hawaii Today, Remixx at King Kamehameha Mall, King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, Boston Basil’s, Pancho and Lefty’s, Kimo’s, Waterfront Row, Lava Java and Humpy’s at Coconut Grove. Sign up or volunteer online at www.paradesinkona.com. For information, call 990-4785 or email stoneinkona@gmail.com.

Independence Day fireworks in Kailua Bay:

8 p.m., Thursday, July 4. The fireworks blast off from a barge in Kailua Bay, funded by community donations and by fireworks fees collected by Hawaii County Fire Department. Free. For information, call www.paradesinkona.com.