New Venues for Select July Fourth Events in Hilo

Persistent rain and soggy field conditions have prompted Hawai‘i County’s Department of Parks and Recreation to move certain 2012 Hilo Bay Blast events to different Hilo venues.

Hilo Bay FireworksTo avoid damaging the Kamehameha Avenue soccer fields, the July Fourth classic car show, live entertainment and skateboarding competition will be held at the Hilo Bayfront Park canoe landing area.

Other events and all scheduling times remain unchanged.

Hawai‘i Classic Cruisers’ Car Show & Shine will feature hundreds of classic automobiles staged for public viewing along the park’s makai lane, which is the former section of Bayfront Highway located between Pauahi and Manono streets. Part of the 10-day-long Cruise Paradise 2012, the car show will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4.

Accompanying the car show will be a variety of dancers and musicians who will perform near the park’s canoe judging stand from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Making space for the car show and stage will be the Hilo Skate Plaza Coalition, which has graciously agreed to move its “Street Seen” team skateboarding competition to the park’s mauka lane, near the Pauahi Street intersection. Skaters will be performing between noon and 5 p.m.

Also, a free drive-in movie night will be held in the Civil Air Patrol’s parking lot on Kekūanaō‘a Street, near Hilo International Airport. That’s where “American Graffiti” will be shown from approximately 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 7. Food and drinks will be available from on-site vendors.

The Department of Parks and Recreation thanks the public, 2012 Hilo Bay Blast participants and event organizers for understanding the need for new venues and apologizes for any inconvenience the changes may have caused.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105, or jarmstrong@co.hi.hawaii.us.

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