Fourth of July is more than just a barbecue and firework show in Huntington Beach. It’s a full day of red, white, and blue celebration on the streets of Surf City USA, which was named one of “The Best Beaches in the U.S. for Celebrating Fourth of July” by Travel + Leisure in 2017. Celebrations on the Fourth of July in Surf City USA include: pancake breakfast, 5k run, parade and firework show. If you're looking for the quick facts about parking, bonfires, and firework or parade viewing, check out our Fourth of July signature event page here.

Fun Fact: Huntington Beach was named Huntington Beach on July 4th, 1904. 

1. Pancakes: the breakfast of Surf City 5K champions.

The day kicks off with some morning exercise beside the beach at the Surf City 5K Run/Walk. The course will take you right along the beach and up Main Street — what better way to start your day? When you’ve crossed the finish line, indulge in a delicious, $5 pancake breakfast made by the Kiwanis Club of Huntington Beach.

2. Here comes the parade!

A few hours later, the Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade floats, automobiles, and performers will sparkle and shine in their most festive Independence Day gear, making their way up Main Street. Did you know that the Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade is the longest march of its kind west of the Mississippi? For this year’s 114th parade, more than 500,000 spectators are expected to attend! Come early for parking and prime viewing spots.

Kids in parade

3. Stay and play for the day at Pier Plaza and 5th & PCH.

Throughout the day of celebration, there will be lots to do — don’t forget to check out Pier Plaza from July 1 - 4 for live entertainment, vendors, exhibits, food, and family activities. Stop by 5th & PCH for fun activities and a visit with Parade Grand Marshal Burt Ward, who played Robin in the original Batman television series.

Huntington Beach Fourth of July
Photo by @hoobrah_js

4. End with the day under the stars, stripes, and fireworks.

Don’t worry — we didn’t forget about the main event. Snag your spot along the beach for the most fabulous, oceanfront firework show over the Huntington Beach Pier.

TIP: If you want to enjoy a bonfire at night, come EARLY to stake out your spot. Bonfire pits are first come, first served, and cannot be reserved by phone or online. Visitors may reserve a bonfire pit when the beach opens at 5 a.m. (no earlier) and can line up for beach parking starting at 12 a.m. on July 4 on Beach Boulevard (NOT Pacific Coast Highway). During holidays and special events, bonfire pits are in extremely high demand.

Make this Fourth of July unforgettable in Surf City USA. Check out our Fourth of July event page for all of the details.

5. Social Media 

Tag your Fourth of July images using #SurfCityUSA and @SurfCityUSA to be featured on our website.