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Huntington Beach 4th of July Features Car and Float Parade

July 4, 2021

Huntington Beach 4th of July Features Car and Float Parade; Home and Business Decorating Contest in Full Swing

Production Vehicle for Amazon Prime’s THE TOMORROW WAR Joins Movie Cars, Vintage Cars and Trucks Along Three Routes: https://www.hb4thofjuly.org/parade

Pier Plaza Booth Holders, Food Trucks, Beer, Beverage and Wine Sponsors Announced

Huntington Beach’s famous 4th of July Home/Business Decorating Contest and Neighborhood Car Parade will culminate July 4th weekend. These two activities aim to bring the community together in order to celebrate our nation’s independence in a wholesome, family-friendly fashion.

The decorating contest invites residents and business owners within the Huntington Beach City limits to decorate their properties in genial competition with their peers. Registration to participate is open through June 28, and requires one to three photos of the decorated home or business. Last year, 38 groups decorated their homes and businesses.

For home entries, all photos must display exterior decorations visible to the street during daytime hours from July 1st-4th. Business entries’ exterior decorations must be visible to the public during their normal business hours from July 1st-4th. All entries will receive a yard sign with their entry number that must be displayed during the voting days.

The public may view all participants’ photos on HB 4th of July social media channels and at www.hb4thofjuly.org. The public may view these photos and vote from 9:00AM June 28 to midnight July 2. The City will announce the two winners July 3rd at 10am on HB 4th of July social media channels and website. The home winner receives a surfboard-shaped award and a Traeger grill from Home Depot; the second-prize winner gets ten Kobe steaks barbecued at your home in person by Calvin Free from the Beef Palace; the top storefront wins a cash prize. Brands may also promote themselves during this event. Sponsors’ logos will appear on this award, HB 4th of July social media, website and voting poll site. Current sponsors include; Sherwin Williams; Beef Palace; Home Depot; Jacks; Chick-Fil-A; Tiodize; WMLS; The Longboard Restaurant; and Jan’s Health Bar.

Residents will not only decorate homes, but also cars! Starting early at 8:00 AM July 4th, watch some of the coolest cars in town along three routes–from decorated contemporary models to specialty brands to classics to things that aren’t cars at all: floats, trucks and military vehicles from the future. Beloved Disney movie cars include Lightning McQueen, The Pizza Planet delivery truck, and Herbie the Love Bug; other movie cars include the JURASSIC PARK Jeeps and Ectomobile from GHOSTBUSTERS. Some of the vehicles will provide live entertainment on the go; most all will transport civic and community guests of honor.

In a first, the parade will include a military vehicle from the future: a transport from the Amazon Original, The Tomorrow War carrying a dangerous, active, aggressive cargo as it wends through the streets of peaceful Huntington Beach.

In The Tomorrow War, the world is stunned when a group of time travelers arrive from the year 2051 to deliver an urgent message: Thirty years in the future mankind is losing a global war against a deadly alien species. The only hope for survival is for soldiers and civilians from the present to be transported to the future and join the fight. Among those recruited is high school teacher and family man Dan Forester (Chris Pratt). Determined to save the world for his young daughter, Dan teams up with a brilliant scientist (Yvonne Strahovski) and his estranged father (J.K. Simmons) in a desperate quest to rewrite the fate of the planet.


The live cargo transport vehicle will join two Humvee support vehicles in a themed area at the Pier Plaza Festival. The truck will leave its post to take an interactive alien tentacle along for the ride in the car parade before returning to Pier Plaza.


A partial list of parade vehicles and guests of honor includes (vehicles TBD unless noted):


  • Huntington Beach Police Department
  • Huntington Beach Fire Department
  • Huntington Beach Marine Safety
  • Seven Civic officials including Mayor Kim Carr
  • American Legion Post 133
  • Miss Huntington Beach (Queen & Princesses)
  • AMUSE4Austism
  • Community Grand Marshal Diane Dwyer
  • Assistance League
  • Huntington Harbour Music Mobile
  • Marina High School Viking Boat*
  • Pacific Paradise Pools
  • Huntington Harbor Women Federated
  • Kiwanis Club of Huntington Beach
  • The Surfing Walk of Fame
  • On the Mend Socal
  • Jurassic Park Jeeps
  • Ghostbusters Ectomobile – will be at Pier Plaza after parade
  • Disney’s Pizza Planet Truck
  • Herbie the Love Bug- will be at Pier Plaza after parade
  • Lightning McQueen – will be at Pier Plaza after parade


*A symbol of the Marina High School “Vikings”, the Marina High School Viking Boat is an entirely authentic Viking ship built by high school students in the Marina high school wood shop over a period of two years. She is named Valhalla after the mythical Viking resting place and she is fully seaworthy. Wood-shop teacher Bob Meade guided more than 50 students as assembled the ship following 1200 year-old drawings.


Start/Finish points for the three parades routes are here:

  • City Hall: 2000 Main St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 (most Elected Officials here)
  • Edison Community Center, 21377 Magnolia St, Huntington Beach, CA 92646
  • Murdy Park: 7000 Norma Dr, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

For more information regarding the car parade, visit https://www.hb4thofjuly.org/parade or please reach out to Stacy Newton at [email protected].


But wait, there’s more! The City has taken the wraps off the Pier Plaza booth holders, which include: Tim’s Kustom Inc.; Yogurt Glamour Skincare and Soaps; Cool Life Company; JorgeGeorge\Living Free Jewelry; Heather’s Dog Products; TD Himalaya; Kaleo Marketing; Bling It Hat Designs and Vintage Flannels; L.C. LaBelle Industries; HB Psychic; Dorothy McDonald; Ohana Hawaiian Jewelry; Angela Ortez; Jimmy Romo’s Coastal Creations; Brianna’s Bow Supply Shoppe LLC; declan; Paper Cow LLC; suttonsunglasses; Turning Heads Clothing; Artificial Grass Liquidators; AMUSE 4 AUTISM; and major sponsors Pacific Paradise Pools and Huntington Surf and Sport.


Food trucks on station all weekend include: Buttery Popcorn Co.; Wendy’s Taqueria; Kona Ice;

Cruising Cones Ice Cream; Barrett’s Lemonade; Rice Balls Inc.; the Stout Food Truck; 4Wheel Burger; Rosita’s GuateMex Fusion; Oaxaca on Wheels; Wafl Truck; and The Deli Doctor Inc.


Michelob Ultra Pure Gold, Kona Brewing, Bud Light Seltzer, and Kombrewcha are proud to become the official partners of the Huntington Beach 4th of July celebration with exclusive service in the beer garden.


Weed Cellars has joined the Pier Plaza Festival as wine partner. Weed Cellars is the first of its kind. No other beverage alcohol brand in the world spans all alcohol categories including wine, spirits and beer. The Weed Cellars portfolio comprises eight wine varietals, two beer categories and a high-scoring, award-winning straight bourbon whiskey.  



Note Regarding COVID-19 – The City of Huntington Beach will continually monitor statewide  reopening guidance and implement any rules that are required to safely host the 4th of July  Celebrations. All updates are available on www.hb4thofjuly.org.


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