A beautiful seaside city in Orange County, located in just 35 mi (56 km) south of Los Angeles, is a perfect place for spending the 4th of July weekend. Its colorful parade and fireworks attract about 50,000 people annually. According to the Huntington Beach 4th of July event website, the 2020 edition will include the OneHB Neighborhood Parade and the city-wide decorating contest judged by celebrities.
OneHB Neighborhood Parade (July 4, 2020)
Instead of the traditional 4th of July Parade on Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, the OneHB Neighborhood Parade will tour across neighborhoods of Huntington Beach. It will showcase local elected officials, front-line heroes, military and veterans, other community dignitaries, public safety vehicles, and live entertainments, all promoting solidarity and goodwill among the neighbors. The parade will march from 8:30 am to about 12 pm from south to north Huntington Beach. The exact route will be announced on the website on July 4th morning.
The Fourth of July Parade (canceled in 2020)
The massive parade, which dates back to 1904, starts at 10 am. This two-hour procession moves along Main Street and features dozens of floats, marching bands, and celebrity guests. Over the years, it was attended by astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Hollywood stars like Patrick Warburton, Tim Conway Jr., Jerry Mathers, and Joe Mantegna, and famous athletes like Tony Gonzalez, Tito Ortiz, and Hank Conger.
The best spots to view the parade are located along the Pacific Coast Highway. The stretch of PCH starting from 8th to Main Street, the shopping area on Main Street, and Lake Park area are considered to be good viewing locations.
Pier Plaza Festival (canceled in 2020)
After the parade, visitors can enjoy some food, live entertainment, and shopping stalls at Pier Plaza Festival, next to the Huntington Beach Pier. Festivities there last from 10 am to 9 pm through the whole 4th of July weekend. Live concerts, food and craft vendors, lots of family activities—the program keeps visitors busy all day long. Runners can also enjoy the Surf City Run 5k on the morning of July 4th.
Fireworks on the Pier (canceled in 2020)
A spectacular fireworks display tips the 4th of July celebrations in Huntington Beach. The pyrotechnic show features about 1,300 rounds of fireworks that are launched over the Huntington Beach Pier. If your hotel room has an ocean view, you can watch fireworks from your balcony or join people around fire pits on the beach. Huntington Beach also offers tickets to watch the fireworks show from the seating area on the pier.