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As LA County beaches reopened this week, beach parking lots for Bolsa Chica State Beach, Huntington State Beach, and City beaches being reopened at 50% capacity

This week, through a coordinated regional effort, additional beach access was restored across Orange and LA Counties.  To that end, as LA County reopened their beaches to the public for active recreation, select beach parking lots for Bolsa Chica State Beach, Huntington State Beach, and the City beach are being reopened starting on Friday, May 15, at 5 a.m.  

Given the critical importance of social distancing, this limited reopening of beach parking lots was coordinated with the State and LA County in an effort to provide greater access to more of the coast to allow for enhanced social distancing at the beach, and to mitigate overcrowding.  

Here locally in Huntington Beach, the State beach parking lots at Bolsa Chica State Beach and Huntington State Beach will be reopened with 50% capacity.  Regarding access to City beach parking lots, the following locations will be opened on Friday, May 15:

  • 1st Street Lot at Huntington Street (50% capacity only)
  • 2nd Street Lot (at bottom level)
  • 6th Street Lot (at the south end)
  • South Beach Lots from Huntington St. to Beach Bl. (50% capacity only)

A map detailing the limited parking areas and all entry / exit points is attached.  Access to these lots is being facilitated in coordination with the reopening of the Bluff Top Parking Lots and all metered stalls along PCH.  

Vehicles must adhere to all parking guidelines and payment information based on signage at each lot in order to avoid being ticketed and / or towed by the Huntington Beach Police Department.  

In addition, visitors displaying an annual City of Huntington Beach parking pass that expired in March, April or May will be allowed to continue using their passes and will not be ticketed, until further notice from the City.  For additional questions regarding beach parking passes, please call (714) 536-5486. 

Also of note, given physical infrastructure and beach size constraints which make active recreation and social distancing challenging for the beaches located in Sunset Beach, the public parking lots located in Sunset Beach will not be reopened at this time.  Access to the Sunset Beach facilities are included as part of the next phase of the City’s beach reopening plan.  

Lastly, the City asks that visitors avoid parking in nearby residential neighborhoods, as parking throughout the City has been limited due to residents staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.  When visiting the beaches, please be aware that only active recreation is permitted at this time.  This includes bicycling, walking, running, and water sports while practicing social distancing.  Settling in any one area of the beach, such as sunbathing or picnicking, is temporarily prohibited.  In the coming weeks, as we gradually reopen California, the City has developed a phased plan to further lift current beach access restrictions.

The City remains committed to keeping the community informed on the latest COVID-19 updates which will be available on our website at www.HBready.com.  For questions about City policies and services, you may also contact our Call Center at (714) 536-5511.

Link to Press Release PDF Here with Map

More to explorer


In anticipation of large crowds this weekend, the City will temporarily close all city beaches, Huntington Harbour beaches, Sunset Beach, and the Pier on Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5 to limit the spread of COVID-19. This decision was made in coordination with Orange County and the Cities of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, which will implement the same measures along their coasts. Orange County has seen a significant increase in COVID-19 cases this week, and these closures are intended to be proactive measures to help flatten the curve.

Beach and Pier Closures – 4th of July Weekend

The Huntington Beach City Council voted to close all city beaches, Huntington Harbor beaches, Sunset Beach, and the Pier on July 4, in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. Orange County has seen a significant increase in COVID-19 cases this week, and these closures are proactive measures to enforce social distancing. In addition, the City Council authorized the City Manager to work with neighboring beach cities to determine if closures on July 3 and July 5 will be necessary. These decisions will be made shortly and additional updates related to our beach closure protocols, beach parking, and other details will be posted today.


The 2020 Huntington Beach Main Street 4th of July Parade is CANCELLED due to Statewide COVID-19 restrictions on large events. In its place, we will hold a MODIFIED OneHB Neighborhood Parade with two vehicle caravans traveling on separate routes, with one or both passing within a mile of every single home in Huntington Beach. These expanded routes will prevent crowding and the spread of COVID-19 – since all residents will be able to watch the parade from the comfort of their neighborhoods. Therefore, please avoid congregating in large groups along any one part of the parade route, in order to protect the health and safety of our OneHB community.

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City Services Call Center – available Monday through Saturday 9am-5pm:

(714) 536-5511

Hotline Number:

(714) 536-5978

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The City of Huntington Beach is committed to keeping our community and visitors informed of current events in our community. The purpose of this page is to foster transparency and increase the sharing of information. During the COVID-19 outbreak, the City of Huntington Beach will make every effort to to update this page when updates are received from our local, state and federal partners.

Postponed/Canceled Events

The following events in the City of Huntington Beach have been postponed or cancelled. The City is actively working with event promoters to hold these events in the future.


April 26 – Taste of HB

May 16 – Kowabunga Van Show

May 16 – Great Strides Walk

May 16 – Wiener Dog Festival

May 17 – Golden Bear Experience

May 31-31 – Surfin’ Sundays

June 13 – Pier Swim

August 24-September 13 – US Open

October 1-4 – AVP

July 4th – Traditional 4th of July Parade – Visit hb4thofjuly.org 

July 4th – Fireworks Show


May 9-10 – Sunset Beach Art Festival

May 30 – Aids Walk OC

Weekly Surf City Nights

Weekly Crafty Fair at the Pier


September 12 – Cruise in Car Show

October 11 – Cars and Copters

If you are a senior and in need of assistance, please call (714) 536-5600

Who Is Considered Higher Risk?

Older Adults (People aged 65 and older)
People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:

  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Lung Disease

Watch for symptons & What Should You Do?

  • Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of Breath
  • If you develop emergency warning signs of COVID-19 get medical attention immediately.
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face
  • If you feel like you are developing symptoms.
  • Stay home and call your doctor
  • Call your healthcare provider and let them know about your symptoms.
  • If you are not sick enough to be hospitalized, you can recover at home.  Follow CDC instructions for how to take care of yourself at home.
  • Get medical attention immediately if you have any of the emergency warning signs listed.

What can you do if you have a family member or friend who is at higher risk?

  • Ensure that they have enough supplies on hand and offer to help them get more if needed.
  • Know what medications they are taking and see if you can help them have extra on hand.
  • Communicate regularly with neighbors, friends, and family to support them.
  • Be cognizant of people visiting their home and inform them what to do to stay safe.
    • Stay home
    • Avoid touching high traffic surfaces in public places.
    • Social distancing
  • If you are feeling ill please avoid visiting.