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8 Things To Know About the Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade

On the 4th of July, we celebrate American Independence.  That day represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America in 1776.  Today it is a time for family gatherings, parades and fireworks.  The Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade has been voted by the readers of the Orange County Register newspaper as as one of the best places to celebrate the 4th of July.

We couldn’t agree more. Here are some facts about our very own 4th of July Parade in Surf City USA.

Did you know that…?

1. The Huntington Beach Parade dates back to July 4, 1904 when the city commemorated the arrival of the first electric passenger train linking the area with Long Beach and Los Angeles.

Not an electric passenger train but a cool float!
Not an electric passenger train but a cool float!

2. The Huntington Beach Parade is known as the largest 4th of July Parade west of the Mississipi?

Huntington Beach Interfaith Council at the 4th of July Parade.
Huntington Beach Interfaith Council at the 4th of July Parade.

3. This year’s theme is “America the Beautiful?”
4th of july

4. That staking out areas for viewing the parade in Downtown Huntington Beach can begin at 7 am on July 3rd and not before then. Note: all materials used to designate “stake out” areas must be removed by 3pm on July 4th.

5. The parade will start at 10am, beginning the procession on Pacific Coast Highway at 9th turning left onto Main St. It ends just after Yorktown Ave.

6. The fireworks show will be held at 9pm at the Huntington Beach Pier. The show will last about 30 minutes and after 7 pm, the Pier will only be accessible to Firework Show ticket holders.

7. Parking at the Main Promenade parking structure will be charged an all-day flat fee: $27 (cash only)

8. The Surf City USA Shuttle will have a special service on Monday, July 4th – park free and ride to the festivities. Shuttle drop off points: 1st St. and Pacific View Ave., across Pacific City; Golden West Transportation Center (8am-midnight), and Huntington Beach Civic Center (1pm-midnight).

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