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Huntington Beach pulls out all the stops for the Fourth of July. Our parade, now in its 113th year, has been entertaining since 1904 and reigns as the largest march of its kind west of the Mississippi. This year, more than 500,000 spectators are expected to attend the parade, with an estimated 150,000-200,000 spectators joining us for our 20-plus-minute fireworks show over the ocean at the iconic Huntington Beach Pier. Here's a handy guide to help you plan your holiday.

This year’s Huntington Beach 4th of July Celebration kicks off on Sunday, July 2, with a three-day festival featuring exhibitors, food vendors, and live entertainment from 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. each day. Visit the Pier Festival website for the full live entertainment schedule.          

Surf City 5K
Photo by @b_n_d_k

Pre-parade, runners and fitness enthusiasts can hit the Surf City 5K Run/Walk and Fitness Expo taking place at Worthy Park (17th and Main streets) from 6-11 a.m. Visit www.surfcityrun.com for tickets and more information.

Breakfast enthusiasts can sit down to a delicious $5 Pancake Breakfast at Lake Park (10th and Main streets) from 7-10 a.m., hosted by the Huntington Beach Kiwanis Club. The morning’s menu includes pancakes, sausages, eggs, and coffee or juice. Tickets are available on the 5th Floor of City Hall and at Pier Plaza from July 2-3.

And now for the two main attractions:
 

4th of July Parade
Photo by @olivierdevaulx

PARADE

Quick Facts:

  • Theme: "United We Stand"
  • Time: 10 a.m. - noon
  • Route: Begins at 9th Street and Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), heads southbound on PCH, turns left on Main Street, and continues northbound up Main ending just past Yorktown Avenue.
  • Features: Marching bands, vintage cars, parade floats, horses, performers, celebrity guests and more.
  • Grand Marshal: Tim Conway, Jr., KFI Radio Talk Show Host.
  • Community Grand Marshal: Dave Sullivan, named for his longtime involvement in local government and organizations.
  • Teen Grand Marshal: Hanna Eyre, singer/songwriter and top 20 finalist on “The Voice” Season 12.
  • Military Grand Marshal: Sidewinders of the Navy’s VFA-86 Squadron, Naval Air Station Lemoore.
  • Celebrity Guests: Amber Nichole Miller, actress, athlete, model, and spokesperson; MOZ, pop artist, singer/songwriter; Rachel Oseterback, starred in A&E’s Emmy Award-winning series “Born This Way;” Tito Ortiz, the world’s most famous face of MMA who powered his way to the top of the Ultimate Fighting game; and Aubrey Peeples, singer and actress on ABC’s “Nashville.”
  • Military Guests: Captain Charlene L. Downey, Sector Commander and Captain of the Port, US Coast Guard Sector, Los Angeles; and Colonel Mark Tillman, former Air Force One Pilot, has flown three US presidents, vice presidents, first ladies, and distinguished diplomats, awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 Viewing Tips

  • Prime viewing spots fill up early (and are often staked out the day before) and include the stretch of PCH between 8th and Main, the commercial area on Main near PCH, the area around Lake Park on Main, and the area next to the Huntington Beach Civic Center and Huntington Beach High School.
  • Viewing spots for the parade may not be staked out before 7 a.m. on Monday, July 3. Materials used to reserve public areas (such as sidewalks) cannot block pedestrian or vehicular access before 6 a.m. on July 4. All materials must be removed by 3 p.m. on July 4. Call 714-374-1580 for details on approved stakeout materials.
  • Avoid areas directly in front of residential homes.
  • Bleacher seats at Lake Park are available for $15 advance or $20 day of and are available on the 5th Floor of City Hall and at Pier Plaza from July 2-3.
  • Watch live from home on KABC-TV at 10 a.m.
     

4th of July Fireworks
Photo by @hoobrah_js

FIREWORKS

Quick Facts

  • When: 9 - 9:30 p.m.
  • Where: Huntington Beach Pier (launched from the end).
  • What: 1,300 rounds of fireworks; estimated 100,000-250,000 spectators.

Viewing Tips

  • Prime viewing spots are on the north and south sides of the pier.
  • Consider spending the day at the beach along HB’s 10 uninterrupted miles of coastline. Be sure to claim your fire pit early in the morning.
  • VIP pier seating costs $10, and tickets are available on the 5th Floor of City Hall and at Pier Plaza from July 2-4.
  • Safe and sane fireworks are legal on July 4th from noon-10 p.m. Visit www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/fireworks for more information.
     

American Flag
Photo by @meleesathesalon

ROAD CLOSURES

Parade

  • First two blocks of Main and first block of 5th will remain closed until 11 p.m.
  • Pier will be partially closed to the public.
  • PCH will be closed from Beach Blvd to Seapoint.
  • Orange will remain open east and west to Main.
  • Drivers heading to downtown via Goldenwest should enter at Palm or Orange.
  • Pacific View will be open for access to Hyatt and Hilton hotels.
  • Twin Dolphin will be closed from 5 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Road Closures Hotline: 714-374-1580

Fireworks

  • First two blocks of Main and first block of 5th will remain closed until 11 p.m.
  • PCH will be OPEN during the fireworks this year.
  • Huntington Street will be closed to through traffic between Atlanta and PCH. 
  • Pier will be completely closed to the public at 5 p.m.
  • Road Closures Hotline: 714-374-1580
     

Surfing American Flag
Photo by @jimmicane

TRANSPORTATION TIPS

  • Walk or ride your bicycle.
  • Surf City USA Shuttle: On July 4th, complimentary park and ride shuttle service to First Street and Pacific View Avenue will run every half hour from the following two locations: OCTA Golden West Transportation Center (7301 Center Avenue), 8 a.m.-midnight, and Huntington Beach Civic Center (2000 Main Street), 1 p.m.-midnight. The last shuttle leaves Downtown at 11:30 p.m. This special event service is offered in addition to the regular City Loop service between Downtown and Bella Terra. Track the shuttle via live GPS at surfcityusashuttle.com.
  • Parking: Bring cash and allow plenty of time to find parking at the following locations.
    • Huntington City Beach lots: $25 flat rate Sunday and Monday, $30 flat rate Tuesday, open at 5 a.m. (corner of Beach and PCH is only available entrance)
    • Main Street Promenade Parking Structure: double hourly rate Sunday and Monday; $30 flat rate Tuesday, opens at 6 a.m. (off 3rd between Walnut and Olive)
    • Huntington State Beach and Bolsa Chica State Beach lots: $25 flat rate Saturday to Tuesday, open at 5 a.m. on Tuesday (enter at Beach and PCH) 
    • Metered parking and non-metered street parking are also options. Bring quarters as not all meters accept cards.
  • Opt for a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft

Visit the official 113th Huntington Beach 4th of July Celebration website www.hb4thofjuly.org for more information