119th Independence Day Celebration Info

The City is excited to feature the following as part of the holiday weekend celebration:

Opening Night Block Party – Friday, June 30, 2023 from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
This year’s 4th of July festivities begin with a downtown Huntington Beach block party on Main Street. Join Mayor Tony Strickland, Mayor Pro Tem Gracey Van Der Mark, Council Member Casey McKeon, and the Huntington Beach Downtown Business Improvement District for an evening of live music featuring The Ramsey Brothers & Redneck Rodeo, food, drinks, and family-friendly fun. 

Pier Plaza Vendor Festival & Carnival
Celebrate Independence Day all weekend long at Huntington Beach Pier Plaza. Over 70 vendors and food trucks will be onsite providing a variety of retail items and crafts, food and drinks, and more. The Festival will also offer an assortment of carnival rides, games, and live music. While the event is FREE to attend, carnival rides and some attractions do require tickets which may be purchased at the event. Hours for the event vary and are as follows:

Saturday, July 1, 2023 - Sunday, July 2, 2023
Pier Plaza Festival & Carnival: 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Live Entertainment: 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Cornhole Tournament (NEW!)

Monday, July 3, 2023
Pier Plaza Festival & Carnival: 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Live Entertainment: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 4, 2023
Pier Plaza Festival & Carnival: 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Live Entertainment: 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Surf City Run – Tuesday, July 4, 2023 from 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
For many, Independence Day starts with a family-friendly run along the 4th of July Parade route. For additional details regarding the race, or for registration information, please visit the Run Surf City 5K website. To accomodate the race, the following street closures will be in place beginning at 5:00 a.m.:

Pacific Coast Highway (Goldenwest Street to Beach Boulevard)

Main Street (Pacific Coast Highway to Gothard)

Fireworks Over the Ocean, Presented by the Mayer Family – Tuesday, July 4, 2023 at 9:00 p.m.
Closing out the weekend celebrations will be an awe-inspiring fireworks show presented by Mr. Robert Mayer and Family. The show will take place over the iconic Huntington Beach Pier and is free for all to view from the beach or downtown. Limited Pier and VIP seating options are available for purchase.

As a reminder, only safe and sane fireworks are legal in Huntington Beach and may only be discharged on July 4 from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on residential streets. More information and safety tips on fireworks can be found on the City’s website. To report illegal fireworks, please use the MyHB app or call (714) 536-LOUD (5683). Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.

119th Annual Huntington Beach Independence Day Parade - Tuesday, July 4, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.
The Independence Day Parade is expected to feature over 100 groups including elected officials, military veterans, public safety personnel, marching bands, community groups, and others, making their way down Main Street in downtown Huntington Beach. Please review the following information regarding the parade route, street closures, parking, and staking viewing locations. The parade will start on Pacific Coast Highway and 9th Street, going from 9th Street to Main Street where it will proceed up Main Street through downtown and residential areas, ending just past Yorktown Avenue.

Staking a Parade Viewing Location

As in past year, staking out areas for the purpose of obtaining a viewing location for the Fourth of July Parade may not occur prior to 7:00 a.m. on Monday, July 3. There will be areas on the parade route that will be specifically marked "City of HB, no staking allowed” - these spaces are needed for event production and/or public safety and staking is not be allowed within those zones. Staking will also not be allowed in the second block of Main Street.

It is important that no materials used to reserve public areas shall block or interfere with pedestrian access or vehicular traffic, or block those portions of sidewalks used for pedestrian access prior to 6:00 a.m. on July 4. Any items placed prior to that time will be removed.

Items placed on public property (including parking strips) are left at the owner’s risk and do not create a guarantee that the “staked out” area will remain available to whomever marked off the area.

When marking off sidewalk and roadway areas, non-defacing material must be used. Any adhesive material, including adhesive tape, is prohibited for use in reserving space for parade viewing. This includes, but is not limited to the use of tape or other adhesives on trees, poles, and signs. All materials used to designate “stake out” areas must be removed by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, July 4. With these rules in mind, you can be prepared and find that perfect spot for the entire family.

Event Street Closures and Impacts

To accommodate the Parade, the following street closures will be in place from 5:00 a.m. to approximately 2:00 p.m.:

Pacific Coast Highway (Goldenwest Street to Beach Boulevard)

Main Street (Pacific Coast Highway to Gothard)

Portions of: Walnut Avenue, Orange Avenue, 8th Street, 9th Street, and 10th Street

Through traffic on Pacific Coast Highway will be detoured at Goldenwest Street and Beach Boulevard up to Garfield Avenue. Pacific Coast Highway will be completely open to traffic no later than 2:00 p.m. Residents and guests coming into the downtown area off of Goldenwest Street should enter at Palm Avenue or Orange Avenue. City beach parking is only accessible at Beach Boulevard and gates open at 5:00 a.m. Twin Dolphin Drive will be closed from 5:00 a.m. until approximately 2:00 p.m.

The Pier will be partially closed to the public all day and completely closed at 5:00 p.m. Fireworks will be launched from the end of the Pier. The fireworks will start at 9:00 p.m. Please remember to allow extra time for traffic to clear.  Pacific Coast Highway will be heavily congested prior to, during, and especially after the fireworks show.  Motorists can expect significant delays.  Those that park in the parking structure and beach lots can expect to spend at least 90 minutes waiting to exit due to the volume of attendees.  Please be patient and plan accordingly.   

Event Parking

Parking at the Main Promenade parking Structure will be $30 (cash only) all-day flat fee. Pay as you enter and no customer validations will be honored. Yearly and monthly pass holders will not be charged, but parking is NOT guaranteed. In the City Beach Parking Lot, parking will cost $30 per space that the vehicle occupies and no spaces may be purchased for chairs, tables, or any other activity. The only entrance to the parking lot will be at Beach Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway. The gates will open at 5:00 a.m. on Monday, July 4, 2022 and the public will not be allowed to line up in front of the parking lot gates until after 12:00 a.m. Until that time, you must find a legal parking space. Additionally, any vehicle, including RV’s, attempting to remain in the parking lot from July 3 will be towed out of the parking lot at the owner’s expense.

People will not be allowed to occupy or place chairs and barbecues on the beach or in the parking lot until after 5:00 a.m., which is the beach curfew, on July 4, 2023.

For additional information on the Huntington Beach 4th of July Festivities, please visit www.hb4thofjuly.org

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