One of our highlights in the summer is the Volcano town July 4th parade. Unfortunately, we will arrive in Hawaii a few days late to go this year, but if you are there, you really should check it out.
It has the feel of a old-time small town Mayberry-type parade and is a lot of fun. After the parade there is a fun festival. The floats range from the local volunteer fire department to the local school. In years past there has also been that single man carrying a sign about child abuse (nothing too unfriendly, but strange). Hey, it’s all part of the quirks of a small town. Volcano is a great town. We always stand in front of a B&B we almost bought and moved to permanently 7 years ago (bid fell through).
When you go (and again, you really should), you can park along route 11 (new volcano road, mamalahoa highway) and walk a few blocks into town. The parade is along the old volcano road and turns left on Wright Rd. to the Cooper Community Center.
It starts at 9am, make sure you are on time so you don’t miss anything. Definitely stay at the Cooper center for a nice market, carnival type booths and some great food and entertainment.
Its about a 45 minute drive from our house: