Everything You Need To Know About Huntington Beach July 4th Events

Everything You Need To Know About Huntington Beach July 4th Events

(Photo by Larry Tenney)

Anyone who's celebrated Independence Day in Huntington Beach knows one thing for certain: We pull out all the stops for the Fourth of July. In fact, our parade, now in its 111th year, has been entertaining since 1904 and reigns as the largest march of its kind west of the Mississippi. And our nearly 30-minute fireworks show at the pier will draw hundreds of thousands of spectators. Given the upcoming good times, locals should plan ahead on account of crowds and road closures. We're here to help.

PARADE

Quick Facts

Viewing Tips

  • Prime viewing spots fill up early (diehards are known to stake out spots 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 HB Civic Center and HB High School.
  • Bleacher seats at Lake Park are available for $15 pre-sale ($20 day of). Call HB Community Services Department at 714-536-5486 to pre-purchase. Proceeds benefit a local nonprofit.
  • Avoid areas directly in front of residential homes.
  • Watch from home via KABC-TV.

Fireworks 

Quick Facts

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

Viewing Tips

  • Prime viewing spots are north and south sides of the pier.
  • VIP pier seating costs $10 and is available by calling the HB Community Services Department at 714-536-5486 or in person at the HB Civic Center's Community Services Department (Main and Yorktown).

Road Closures

Parade

  • First two blocks of Main will remain closed all day until fireworks have concluded.
  • Pier will be partially closed to the public all day.
  • PCH will be closed from Goldenwest to Beach from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Through traffic on PCH will be detoured at Goldenwest and Beach up to Garfield. 
  • 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. to 2 p.m.

Fireworks

  • PCH will be closed from Goldenwest to Beach from 7 p.m. until about 11 p.m.
  • Huntington Street will be closed to through traffic between Atlanta and PCH. 
  • Pier will completely closed to the public at 5 p.m.
  • Road Closures Hotline: 714-374-1580

Transportation Tips

  • Parking: If riding your bicycle is out of the question, bring cash and allow plenty of time to find parking, which is available at: Huntington City Beach beach lots, $25, open at 5 a.m., corner of Beach and PCH is only available entrance, mapHuntington Beach State Park beach lots, $20, open at 6 a.m., enter at Beach and PCH, mapHuntington Beach Downtown Parking Garage off 3rd between Walnut and Olive, $27, opens at 6 a.m., map. Of course, there's always metered parking and non-metered street parking, so bring quarters, as not all meters accept cards.
  • Shuttles: There are three free shuttle options on July 4th. The Surf City Downtown Shuttle will run about every 30 minutes from HB City Hall (Main and Yorktown) to the shuttle stop at Main and Orange from 1 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Last departure from downtown is 11:30 p.m. Limited parking at City Hall is free for shuttle riders. A morning shuttle will run about every 30 minutes from the Goldenwest Transportation Center (7301 Center Avenue) to City Hall from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Last departure from City Hall is 12:30 p.m. An afternoon shuttle will run about every 30 minutes from the Goldenwest Transportation Center to Main and Orange from 1 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The last departure from downtown is 11 p.m. No alcohol, beach gear, or pets allowed on shuttles.
  • Taxis + Ride-Sharing: Try Fat Taxi (714-FAT-TAXI), Uber, or Lyft.

More Fun

Fireworks Stand

  • When: July 1 to July 3, noon to 10 p.m.; July 4, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Where: Beach and Talbert (Walmart shopping center)
  • What: Benefits Kiwanis Huntington Beach
  • Why: Safe and sane fireworks are permitted in Huntington Beach on July 4 from noon to 10 p.m. in select areas. City of Huntington Beach "Safe and Sane Fireworks" handout
  • More Info

Huntington Beach Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast

  • When: 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Where: Lake Park (Lake Street between 11th and 12th)
  • What: Hotcakes with margarine and syrup, coffee, milk, and juice. Benefits Kiwanis Huntington Beach
  • Cost: $5

Parade Brunch

  • When: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
  • Where: Fred's Mexican Cafe (Main and PCH)
  • What: Benefits Bolsa Chica Conservancy (100% of proceeds)
  • Cost: $45 per person (tables run $100 to $650). For reservations, call Reyes Baca at 714-846-1114 or email reyes@bolsachica.org
  • More Info

3-Day Pier Plaza Festival

  • When: Friday, July 3 (10 a.m.-9 p.m.); Saturday, July 4 (10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.); and Sunday, July 5 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.)
  • Where: Pier Plaza (Main and PCH)
  • What: Vendors, food, exhibits, live entertainment, family-friendly fun

Huntington Beach Surf City 5K Run + Fitness Expo

  • When: 6 a.m. to noon
  • Where: Worthy Park (Main and 17th)
  • More Info

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