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HUNTINGTON BEACH MODIFIES 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION TO SAFELY CONTINUE LONG-STANDING TRADITIONS

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The Front Yard 4th of July Celebration will feature a new parade route and expanded decorating contest

Given that the State is still restricting large special events, the City of Huntington Beach and the 4th of July Executive Board have been working together to create a modified 4th of July Celebration to ensure residents can safely take part in this long-standing tradition.  The Celebration will include a revised parade route  that will travel throughout Downtown Huntington Beach and various residential neighborhoods.  The parade itself will be modified to avoid the use of large floats, bands, or other features that may promote crowding or close gatherings among participants or viewers.  Rather, the modified parade will include  smaller caravans of vehicles in comparison to the traditional parade.  More details on these modifications will be released over the next several weeks. The Celebration will also include an expanded home decorating contest that will now be citywide and include businesses.  These adjustments will maintain social distancing and allow the parade to continue onward, while still embracing the spirit of this beloved event that began in 1904.

“Although the parade routes have changed, Huntington Beach’s patriotic spirit has never wavered, even during these challenging times,” says Mayor Lyn Semeta.  “We will adjust and take part in this re-imagined celebration that will give us an opportunity to celebrate Independence Day in a way that honors our United States veterans and medical professionals who have emerged as heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

In lieu of the  4th of July parade along Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street, this year’s parade will tour various neighborhoods, as a salute to the 2020 front yard 4th of July celebration, while honoring the tradition that the 4th of July Board has made quintessential.  Aptly named the OneHB Neighborhood Parade, this year’s parade will include two different routes and smaller caravans that will travel throughout the City between  8:00 AM and 12:00 PM.  The exact routes and times will be formally announced on the morning of July 4th at www.hb4thofjuly.org and the City’s social media platforms. 

The parade caravans will showcase our veterans, high school seniors, front line medical personnel, live entertainment and other community dignitaries within their individual vehicles.  Other celebration highlights include the 4th of July Decorating Contest, based on the theme of “Surf City Dreaming”, and includes prize categories for best decorated business and best front yard float.  Detailed guidelines will be available on www.hb4thofjuly.org.  Also, this year, the City will ask the public to help vote for the best entries via the City’s social media platforms.  

Please note that the Festival at the Pier, 4th of July Run, and Fire Works Show will remain canceled.  However, residents may celebrate at home by purchasing Safe and Sane fireworks from one of many fireworks stands operated by non-profit organizations that use a share of their proceeds toward charitable causes, such as youth sports and public services.

Regardless of how we as a community celebrate Independence Day in Huntington Beach, we remind everyone to remain mindful of the State’s order to continue to maintain social distancing measures to continue to flatten the curve of COVID-19. For more information on our Front Yard 4th of July celebration, visit www.hb4thofJuly.org. Follow us on Twitter (@CityofHBPIO), Instagram (@cityofhb), and Facebook (@cityofhb) for more updates.

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HUNTINGTON BEACH WILL CLOSE CITY BEACHES, HUNTINGTON HARBOUR BEACHES, SUNSET BEACH, AND THE PIER ON JULY 4-5

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.

UPDATED 4th of JULY INFORMATION

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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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.

CANCELLED

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

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May 9-10 – Sunset Beach Art Festival

May 30 – Aids Walk OC

Weekly Surf City Nights

Weekly Crafty Fair at the Pier

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September 12 – Cruise in Car Show

October 11 – Cars and Copters

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