Huntington Beach 4th of July 2014

The 110th Huntington Beach 4th of July celebration is this Friday, 2014. With the largest 4th of July parade in the western United States and one of the most beautiful fireworks shows you’ll ever see over the beach.

July 4th, 2014 is on a Friday, so the party will be starting early this weekend in HB. I can’t emphasize enough that getting there early is the key to a fun day. The forecast calls for temperatures in the mid 70’s  so it will be a great day to be at the beach.

It all starts with a parade and ends with a spectacular fireworks show over the ocean.

Below is a short list of events happening Huntington Beach on 4th of July and the weekend.

– Huntington Beach, July 4th, 2014

  • Lake Park Breakfast 6:30am – 11:00am
  • Surf City 5K Run & Fitness Expo 7:00am – 12:00pm
  • 110th Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • 3-Day Pier Plaza Festival July 4 – July 6
  • Pier Plaza Entertainment July 4 – July 6
  • Fireworks Over the Ocean – 9:00pm July 4 ONLY

Plus the entire July 4th weekend at Pier Plaza you’ll find a large Festival with local merchants, food and entertainment.

As for the two main events, the 4th of July Parade and later the Fireworks Show, my only recommendation is to arrive early in the morning for the parade then stay at the beach all day until 9pm when the fireworks show starts. Finding parking will be challenging if you arrive later in the day.

Parking at Huntington Beach on 4th of July

Most people who have never attended the 4th of July in Huntington Beach are surprised at just how difficult parking can be. It’s not because there aren’t any, not so. It’s simply due to the extreme number of people, I’m talking about several hundred thousand! Yup, it’s a big party.

So arrive very early, I’m talking about 7 a.m. early (or earlier). Beach parking is $15 for the full day, or if you find street metered parking it’s $1.50 per hour so take lots of coins, only a few take credit cards. Or your final option is to park in the residential area that surrounds downtown Huntington Beach.

If you arrive after 9 a.m., be prepared to walk several blocks to the beach. Most people are there all day up to the fireworks.

Finally, don’t think that the only thing to do is lay out at the beach. No, there’s lots more than that. You can go surfing, visit downtown and shop the many stores or eat any of the many restaurants. It’s a fun family atmosphere so take advantage of our great Southern California weather!


Ramon is a long time resident of Southern California and an expert in online advertising as well as an avid photographer. He runs as well as other local photography sites like, and Coolest-Travel-Pictures.

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