112th Huntington Beach    
    4th of July Celebration

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The tradition began on July 4, 1904, when Huntington Beach commemorated the arrival of the first electric passenger train linking the area with Long Beach and Los Angeles.  The Board of Trade, a forerunner of the Chamber of Commerce, sponsored this first event, bringing 50,000 people to town to join in the day’s celebration.

Through the years, residents and visitors have witnessed some spectacular sights. How’s this for a show-stopping stunt by a city official? In the late 1930s, the city’s first lifeguard and fire chief, Dilbert “Bud” Higgins had a trick that no one has since imitated. He would don a firesuit, cover his face with petroleum jelly, soak himself with alcohol, light a match and dive in a fiery ball from a 50-foot platform high above the pier into the water below.

Among the famous who have presided over the parade in years past are Hollywood movie stars Jayne Mansfield, Natalie Wood, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Dorothy Lamour, Mickey Rooney (and Mickey Mouse!) and a true American hero, astronaut Buzz Aldrin. The best legend goes that during his presidency, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s entourage was on its way through town, headed for San Diego, as the parade was going on. Quick-thinking parade organizers persuaded them take a slow pass along the parade route, to the delight of those gathered to watch.

The Parade marked its centennial in 2004 by bringing the fireworks back to the beach (from its former location at Huntington Beach High School), which drew 150,000 onlookers. This year’s fireworks 23-minute spectacular, with a total of 1,300 rounds of fireworks – 500 of them during the finale in the last 40 seconds of the show — is expected to attract twice that many.

Official Logo of the
2016 Huntington Beach
4th of July Celebration!!

2016 Celebration Theme:
America the  Beautiful

2016 4th of July Events

Lake Park Breakfast (Hosted by The Kiwanis of HB) 7:00am - 11:00am

Surf City 5K Run & Fitness Expo 7:00am - 12:00pm

112th Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade 10:00am - 12:00pm

3-Day Pier Plaza Festival July 2 - July 4

Pier Plaza Entertainment July 2 - July 4

Fireworks Over the Ocean - 9:00pm July 4 ONLY

Pier Plaza Festival Dates & Times

Saturday, July 2 10:00am - 9:00pm

Sunday, July 3  10:00am - 9:00pm

Monday, July 4  10:00am - 9:30pm

Exhibitors - Food Vendors - Live Entertainment - Family Activities - Surf and Sand

4th of July Merchandise & Tickets


Tickets -

Lake Park Breakfast (Hosted by The Kiwanis of HB) - $5

Lake Park Bleacher Seating (Parade) (Hosted by The Kiwanis of HB) - $15 pre-sale, $20 day of parade

Fireworks VIP Seating (Pier) - $10

Official 4th of July Merchandise

Adult Tee - $20

Adult Tank - $20

Youth Tee - $15

Long Sleeved Tee - $25

Hat - $15

Commerative Pin - $5

Merchandise will be on sale at the Pier Plaza Festival July 2 - 4

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4th of July Board
PO Box 1097
Huntington Beach, CA  92647-9998

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