Kailua-Kona Fourth of July Parade canceled

  • Boy Scouts carry the banner at the start of the 2019 Kailua-Kona Fourth of July Parade. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Grand Marshal LTC Loreto V Borce Jr, PTA Commander and his wife Kekai wave to the crowd at 2019 Kailua-Kona Fourth of July Parade. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • The Disabled American Veterans march in the 2019 Kailua-Kona Fourth of July Parade. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Flags fly on the KBXtreme float at last year's Kailua-Kona Fourth of July Parade. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Kailua-Kona will not be celebrating the Fourth of July with a parade this year.

The Kailua-Kona Community Parade Association decided to cancel the 25th annual Kailua-Kona Fourth of July Parade, which draws scores of residents and visitors to Kailua Village, because of concerns over such a large gathering amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The fate of the annual Fireworks Extravaganza has not yet been decided, according to Chairwoman Barbara Kossow.

Funding for the display over Kailua Bay is partially subsidized through fees assessed on fireworks permits. Kossow said she was notified by Hawaii County Managing Director Roy Takemoto that there were no funds available this year.

That leaves private donations as the only means that the show will go on.

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The 10-minute show, put on by Hawaii Explosives and Pyrotechnics, costs $36,000.

“If the money can be raised, then we can do the fireworks,” said Kossow.

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