Your Guide To Huntington Beach July 4th Events

Your Guide To Huntington Beach July 4th Events

Huntington Beach pulls out all the stops for the Fourth of July. Our parade, now in its 112th year, has been entertaining since 1904 and reigns as the largest march of its kind west of the Mississippi. Our 23-minute fireworks show at the pier expects to draws 300,000 spectators this year. Our locals are so patriotic, there's even a home decorating contest awarding the best festooned homes. Here's a handy guide to help you plan your holiday.

PARADE

Quick Facts

  • Theme: American the Beautiful 
  • Time: 10 a.m.-noon
  • Route: Begins at PCH and 8th, heads south on PCH, turns left on Main, and continues up Main ending just past Yorktown.
  • Features: marching bands, vintage cars, parade floats, horses, performers, celebrity guests and more.
  • Co-Grand Marshals: Mickey and Minnie Mouse
  • Junior Grand Marshal: Hadley Belle Miller
  • Sports Grand Marshal: Tony Parrish
  • Community Grand Marshal: Joan Flynn
  • Military Grand Marshal: Col. Dustin Ziegler
  • Celebrity Guests: Tim Conway Jr. and "Shotgun Tom" Kelly
  • Invited Guests: Shirley Babashoff and Jami Goldman-Marseilles
  • Technology Guest: Dr. John Tracy
  • More Info

Viewing Tips

  • Prime viewing spots fill up early (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 HB Civic Center and HB High School.
  • Avoid areas directly in front of residential homes.
  • Bleacher seats at Lake Park are sold out.
  • Watch from home on KABC-TV.

FIREWORKS

Quick Facts

  • When: 9-9:30 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).
  • Safe & Sane Fireworks Info
  • Who's Selling Safe & Sane Fireworks

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

  • First two blocks of Main will remain closed all day until fireworks have concluded.
  • 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

  • Ride. Your. Bicycle.
  • Surf City USA Shuttle: This free shuttle runs Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Monday, 8 a.m.-midnight. Along with its five usual stops—Downtown (Shorebreak Hotel), Sunset Beach (Peter's Landing), Bella Terra (behind Century Theater), Beach Promenade (Beach and Atlanta), and Pacific City (behind Lot 579)—the shuttle will offer a special park and ride service on July 4th, scooping up passengers at Golden West Transportation Center (7301 Center Avenue, 8 a.m.-midnight) and Huntington Beach Civic Center (2000 Main Street, 1 p.m.-midnight) and delivering them to 1st and Pacific View, across from Pacific City. Track the shuttles at surfcityusashuttle.com.
  • Parking: Bring cash and allow plenty of time to find parking, which is available at: Huntington City Beach lots, $25 flat rate, open at 5 a.m., corner of Beach and PCH is only available entrance, map; Main Street Promenade Parking Structure (off 3rd between Walnut and Olive), $27 flat rate, opens at 6 a.m., map; and Huntington State Beach lots, $25, open at 6 a.m., enter at Beach and PCH, map. Metered parking and non-metered street parking are also options; bring quarters as not all meters accept cards.

MORE JULY 4TH FUN

Huntington Beach Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast

  • When: 6:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Where: Lake Park (Lake Street between 11th and 12th)
  • What: Pancakes with butter and syrup, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee, and juice. Benefits Kiwanis Huntington Beach
  • Cost: $5. Purchase day of, or call the HB Community Services Department at 714-536-5486 to purchase in advance.

3-Day Pier Plaza Festival

  • When: Saturday, July 2 (10 a.m.-9 p.m.); Sunday, July 3 (10 a.m.-9 p.m.); and Monday, July 4 (10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.)
  • Where: Pier Plaza (Main and PCH)
  • What: exhibitors, food vendors, live entertainment, family activities 
  • Entertainment Schedule

Huntington Beach Surf City 5K Run + Fitness Expo

  • When: 7-11 a.m.
  • Where: Worthy Park (Main and 17th)
  • More Info

Bolsa Chica Fourth Of July Brunch

  • What: The Bolsa Chica Conservancy and Fred's Mexican Cafe will host an all-you-can-eat Fourth of July champagne brunch complete with ocean views and unobstructed views of the parade. Fred's will donate 100% of the proceeds to support the Conservancy's education programs.
  • When: Monday, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Tickets: Contact Leary Salupen at leary@bolsachica.org or 714-846-1114 
  • More Info

Bolsa Chica State Beach Concessions

  • What: SeaLegs at the Beach, Pacific Kitchen, and SeaSalt Beachside Burger (opening on Saturday!) will be outdoor grilling and offering special July 4th menus, including Santa Maria tri-tip sandwiches at SeaLegs.
  • When: Saturday-Monday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • SeaSalt Beachside Burger Menu
  • More Concessions Info

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