The annual Huntington Beach 4th of July celebration will take place over five days starting on Friday, June 30 and concluding on Tuesday, July 4th, 2023. This jam-packed celebration begins with a downtown Huntington Beach block party on Main Street followed by a 4-day carnival featuring live music, rides, cornhole tournament, games, shopping, crafts, festival food, live entertainment and much more.
On July 4th, the day will kick off with the Surf City 5k run followed by the over 100 year old annual Huntington Beach 4th of July parade. The 5-day event will conclude with an awe inspiring fireworks show over the Pacific ocean.
Check out all the Orange County 4th of July Events this year!
Huntington Beach July 4th Celebration
Where: Downtown Huntington (various locations)
Date: Friday, June 30, 2023 – Tuesday, July 4, 2023
Parking: Huntington Beach City beach parking lots, Main Promenade parking structure. See the Huntington Beach Parking map.
HB 4th of July Events
Fireworks Over The Ocean
Where: Huntington Beach Pier Plaza
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 4th | 9 pm
The fireworks show over the Huntington Beach Pier is the end of the night event that everyone looks forward to. It is free to view, with best locations to watch being from the beach or downtown. There will be limited tickets available for reserved seating on the pier and VIP options. Fireworks are launched from the end of the Pier.
Huntington Beach 4th of July Carnival
Where: 6th St & PCH, Huntington Beach
Address: 611 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Saturday, July 1 | 12pm to 10pm
Sunday, July 2 | 12pm to 10pm
Monday, July 3 | 12pm to 10pm
Tuesday, July 4 | 10am to 10pm
Admission: Free admission, cost for food, vendors, rides and games
The HB Independence Day Carnival is free to attend and features live music, carnival rides and games for all ages, shopping, crafts, festival food and a variety of live entertainment. Take a ride on the Ferris wheel, starship, carousel, and other rides, or make your way through the fun house and other attractions.
Where: Main Street
Date/Time: Friday, June 30 | 5pm
Kick off the 4th of July celebration with a block party on Main Street. Head to downtown Huntington Beach to enjoy an evening of live music, food, drinks, and family-friendly fun.
Surf City 5k
Where: Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway
Address: 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA US 92646
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 4 | 7am
The Surf City Run 5K route runs along historic takes place along Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, following the same path as the historic parade. Runners will get views of the famous pier and Pacific Ocean before finishing at Worthy Park. Race categories include a residents 5k, open 5k, stroller 5k and a kids fun run (1 mile).
4th of July Parade
Where: Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 4 | 10am
Join or watch one of Huntington Beach’s most popular annual events, the biggest Fourth of July Parade west of the Mississippi River. See specialty cars, classic cars, professional floats, trucks and trailer floats, military vehicles, bands, marching units, equestrian and novelty (balloons, stilts, etc.) and more. The two and a half-mile parade route begins on PCH just north of Main Street and makes its way to the Huntington Beach Pier then travels along Main Street for the duration until concluding near Yorktown Avenue.
Where: On the beach by the Huntington Beach Pier
Date: Saturday/Sunday, July 1-2 (1 tournament each day)
Check in Time: 11:00 pm
Tournament of Champions Time: 12:00 pm
Awards Ceremony: 7:30 pm
This blind draw team tournament picks all 64 teams the day of by the Cornhole Girls from a legendary cowboy hat. 32 Teams will be placed in the Soundskilz Bracket and the other 32 in the HB 4th of July Bracket. There is an entry fee for the 2-person teams and cash prizes will be awarded for 1st through 4th place.
Home & Business Decorating Contest
Compete against fellow residents by decorating your home or business.
Carnival tickets and registration links for events and activities can be found on the official site: HB4thofJuly.org.
Huntington Beach 4th of July Celebration Tips
- For easier entry and exit from the parade viewing area, consider parking farther away and walking or riding bikes to the location.
- Staking out areas for parade viewing locations prior to 7:00 a.m. on July 3 is prohibited.
- There will be areas on the parade route that will be specifically marked “City of HB, no staking allowed.” Staking will also not be allowed in the second block of Main Street.
- Avoid trying to find parking and take advantage of the City’s trolley system or use Uber or Lyft.
- Pack all the necessary items before heading to the beach, ensuring a stress-free day of fun and relaxation.
- Adhesive material, including adhesive tape, is not permitted to be used for reserving parade viewing space.
- The Pier will be partially closed to the public all day and completely closed at 5:00 p.m. to prepare for the evenings fireworks show.
- Entry to the City Beach Parking Lot will be limited to the Beach Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway entrance kiosk.
- Parking spaces may not be purchased for chairs, tables, or any other activity.
- 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
- No overnight parking. 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.
- Expect long exit times, especially if parked in the parking structure and beach lots. Due to high attendance, it can take at least 90 minutes to exit these parking areas.
- Through traffic on Pacific Coast Highway will be detoured at Goldenwest Street and Beach Boulevard up to Garfield Avenue.
- Expect heavy traffic congestion on Pacific Coast Highway prior to, during, and especially after the fireworks show. Expect significant delays.
- Parking is also available in the Huntington Beach State Park beach parking lots with the entrance at Beach Blvd and PCH.
- Limited street parking is available.
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