FAQ Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade

FAQ Frequently Asked Questions About the Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade

What is the Huntington Beach Parade?

Huntington Beach Parade

Huntington Beach Parade

This is the annual Fourth of July Parade in Huntington Beach, California.  The Huntington Beach Parade has been held since 1904 and is the largest 4th of July Parade west of the Mississippi.

The Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade has marching bands, vintage automobiles, parade floats, horses, celebrities, military vehicles and servicemen, community organizations, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, clowns, dancers, cheerleaders, honor guards, and much more.

When is the Huntington Beach Parade?

Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade

Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade

The Huntington Beach Parade begins at 10 am the morning of July 4 and lasts about two hours.  The parade is very well attended and arriving early is highly recommended.  Many people will stake out viewing spots the day before.  Arrive a few hours early and you should have no problem.  The closer to parade time, the more difficult things will become.  Parking can be very problematic as there will be numerous street closures to facilitate the parade.

The local Huntington Beach Kiwanis Club hosts a $5 pancake breakfast at Lake Park from 7 am to 10 am.  Lake Park is along the Huntington Beach Parade route (Main Street between 11th Street & 12th Street) and arriving early for pancakes and then relaxing until the parade starts is a popular way to keep this a stress free day.  Kiwnis also offers public bleacher seating at Lake Park ($15 pre-sale or $20 at the event).

To purchase pancake breakfast tickets or bleacher seating contact the Huntington Beach Community Services Department by phone at 714-536-5486 or walk in at the Huntington Beach Civic Center, Community Services Department, 2000 Main Street (corner of Main Street and Yorktown Ave), Huntington Beach, CA 92648.

Where is the Huntington Beach Parade?

Huntington Beach Parade - Amy Grabow

Huntington Beach Parade – Amy Grabow

The Huntington Beach Parade route begins at Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and 8th Street.  The parade will travel south on PCH, turn left on Main Street and continue up Main Street ending past Yorktown Ave.

For the best viewing, consider areas along Main Street at Lake Park, next to the Huntington Beach Civic Center and HB High School, in front of the commercial property downtown, or along PCH near the start of the parade.  Public bleacher seating is available at Lake Park.  Tickets are $15 pre-sale or $20 at the event and can be purchased by calling 714-536-5486.  It is highly recommended that you purchase your tickets before the day of the Huntington Beach Parade.

Another viewing option for the Huntington Beach Parade is the 4th of July Champagne Brunch event at Fred’s Mexican Cafe benefiting the Bolsa Chica Conservancy.  For more information see the Huntington Beach Parade Bolsa Chica Conservancy Brunch.

Avoid areas directly in front of residential homes.  Homeowners often have these areas reserved for their guests.  Uninvited visitors on their property will receive a police escort.

Where is the best parking for the Huntington Beach Parade?

Huntington Beach Parade - Long Beach Junior Concert Band

Huntington Beach Parade – Long Beach Junior Concert Band

Parking for the Huntington Beach Parade can be very difficult so arrive early and be prepared for a walk to the parade route.

Parking is available in the Huntington Beach City beach parking lots for $25.  The City beach lots open at 5 am on July 4th and will fill up.  The corner of Beach Blvd and Pacific Coast Highway will be the only available entrance on July 4th.  Forget about parking overnight from July 3, as the lots will be cleared.  See the Huntington Beach City beach parking map.

Parking for the parade is also available in the Huntington Beach State Park beach lots for $20.  The State Park beach lots open at 6 am and may be entered at Beach Blvd and PCH.  See the Huntington Beach State Park parking map and information.

Parking for the parade is also available in the Huntington Beach Downtown Parking Garage off of 3rd Street between Walnut Ave & Olive Ave.  The parking fee is $27 on July 4th.  The parking garage will open at 6 am.  See the Huntington Beach Downtown Parking Garage map.

Street parking is available but much of it will be full or closed off.  Give it a try if you feel lucky and bring plenty of quarters for meters.

Street Closures for the Huntington Beach Parade

Huntington Beach Parade - Man on Stilts

Huntington Beach Parade – Man on Stilts

The Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade route will require the closure of PCH from Goldenwest Street to Beach Blvd starting at 5 am on Thursday, July 4th.  The Huntington Beach Parade will officially begin at PCH and 8th Street, going from PCH to Main Street where it will proceed up Main Street through the downtown and residential areas, ending just past Yorktown Ave.

Huntington Beach Parade staging areas will take place on PCH and portions of Walnut, Olive, 8th and 9th Streets.  Orange will remain open east and west to Main Street during the Parade.

Through traffic on PCH will be detoured at Goldenwest Street and Beach Blvd up to Garfield Ave.  PCH will be completely open to traffic no later than 2 pm.

Huntington Beach residents and guests coming into the downtown area off of Goldenwest Street should enter at Palm or Orange Ave.  Huntington Beach City beach parking is only accessible at Beach Blvd and gates open at 5 am.   Pacific View will be open for access to the Hyatt and Hilton hotels.  Twin Dolphin will be closed from 5 am until no later than 2 pm.

Following the Huntington Beach Parade, there will be additional activities in the downtown area on Main Street between PCH and Olive Ave.  The first two blocks of Main Street will remain closed until after the fireworks have concluded.

The Huntington Beach Pier will be partially closed to the public all day and completely closed at 5 pm.  Fireworks will be launched from the end of the Huntington Beach Pier.  The fireworks will start at 9 pm.

PCH will be closed from Goldenwest Street to Beach Blvd from 7 pm until traffic has dispersed, estimated to be around 11 pm.  Huntington Street will be closed to through traffic between Atlanta Ave and PCH.

A hotline for information such as road closures and other details has been set up - (714) 374-1580.

What other activities are going on before and after the Huntington Beach Parade?

Huntington Beach Parade - Huntington Beach High School Cheerleaders

Huntington Beach Parade – Huntington Beach High School Cheerleaders

The Huntington Beach Pier Plaza Festival will be going on from 10 am to 9 pm.  There will be live entertainment, vendors, exhibits, food, and family activities.  This will all take place around the Huntington Beach Pier.  These activities will also be taking place the days of July 5 and 6.

The Huntington Beach Surf City 5K Run and Fitness Expo will take place from 6 am to 10 am at Worthy Park located at Main Street and 17th Street.  For more information on the Surf City 5K Run go to www.surfcityrun.com.

The Huntington Beach Fireworks Show takes place at 9 pm on the Huntington Beach Pier.  After 7 pm the Pier will only be accessible to VIP seating ticket holders.  VIP seating is $10.  The Huntington Beach Fireworks Show will last about 30 minutes.

To purchase VIP tickets for the Huntington Beach Fireworks Show contact the Huntington Beach Community Services Department by phone at 714-536-5486 or walk in at the Huntington Beach Civic Center, Community Services Department, 2000 Main Street (corner of Main Street and Yorktown Ave), Huntington Beach, CA 92648.

Is there a shuttle service?

Huntington Beach Shuttle

Huntington Beach Shuttle

The Surf City Downtown Shuttle will be available on July 4th after the Parade from 1 pm to 10 pm (last departure from downtown HB is 9:45 pm).  The free shuttle will run about every 30 minutes from Huntington Beach City Hall (Yorktown & Main) to and from the shuttle stop at Main and Orange.  Parking at City Hall will be free for shuttle riders.

Another shuttle will also run from the Goldenwest Transportation Center (7301 Center Avenue) to Main and Orange from 8:30 am to 11:30 pm, departing approximately every 30 minutes (last departure from downtown HB is 11 pm).

No alcohol, coolers, surfboards, beach umbrellas, chairs or pets (except service animals) are permitted on board the shuttle.