2009 Huntington Beach 4th of July Events
9:00 p.m. Pier Plaza Festival, Huntington Beach Pier
6:00 a.m. Surf City 5K Run & Fitness Expo, 17th & Main St.
6:00 a.m. Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, Lake Park, 11th & Main
10:00 a.m. 105th Annual Fourth of July Parade begins at 8th & PCH
turns North on Main St and ends at Yorktown Ave.
1:00 – 7:00 p.m. Main Street Family Fun Activities, Main & PCH
1:00 – 9:00 p.m. Pier Plaza Festival, Live Entertainment & Expo
Entertainment: Stone Soul – 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Golden West Pops – 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
9:00 p.m. Fireworks Over the Ocean, HB Pier, Main & PCH
10:00 a.m. –
6:00 p.m. Pier Plaza Festival, Huntington Beach Pier
July 4th, 2009 ~10a.m. HB's JulyParade begins at 8th & PCH
Parade Flyover - Look to the sky!
Look to sky and hear the roar of a military and police aircraft flyover the length of the parade route.
The Formation Flying Team known as “Eagle Flight”, a team of four T-34 military training aircrafts provided by the T34 Heritage Foundation at March Air Reserve Base leads the spectacular flyover. The all volunteer pilots and crews fly these aircraft to preserve the history and heritage of the venerable Air Force and Navy T-34 Primary Trainer. A newer version of this aircraft is in use today as the primary basic training aircraft in the US Navy.
Following theT-34s, two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters from the California National Guard, First of the 140th Aviation Air Assault Unit from the Armed Forces Reserve Base, Los Alamitos. The flight lead will be CWO5 Chris Trautwein, a resident of Huntington Beach.
Finally, Huntington Beach Police Helicopter Unit with the McDonald Douglas MD-520 NOTAR helicopters will round out the flight.
BLUECOATS DRUM AND BUGLE CORPS
The Drum & Bugle Corps activity had its beginnings following World War I, when returning veterans formed local groups to perform in parades and at standstill concerts. Drum Corps sprang up in hundreds of small towns and cities nation-wide during a boom of patriotic celebration after both world wars. Junior drum & bugle corps were organized for youth, and Senior drum & bugle corps for adults and many veterans themselves.
The Bluecoats were founded in 1972. The Bluecoats are regarded as one of the world’s finest outdoor pageantry organizations, combining the demanding athleticism of extreme sports with an electrifying jazz musical program and stunning visual choreography to thrill audiences throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The Bluecoats have been a DCI World Finalist (top 12 in North America) since 1987. The Bluecoats tour averages over 12,000 miles each summer, with the corps performing at more than 30 events and competitions, often traveling over 300 miles in a single night. At their performance destination they take the field to deliver a vibrant, emotional, and electrifying musical and visual performance.
PARADE GRAND MARSHAL IS MISS AMERICA 2009 KATIE STAM
Miss America 2009 Katie Stam will grace our Parade and festivities as Grand Marshal of the 105th Annual Parade and Celebration. She will lead the 300-entry parade on what will be a special day for Huntington Beach and a tribute to the City’s Centennial Celebration.
Miss America will ride in the famed annual parade as one stop on her year-long speaking tour promoting the Miss America organization and her personal platform of Community Service. She is also the Goodwill Ambassador for MAO’s national platform partner, Children’s Miracle Network. In this role, she travels the country raising awareness about CMN and visiting children’s hospitals across North America. An aspiring News Anchor, she will spend the next year working towards increasing awareness and community action for her Miss America platform.
The Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship achievement for young women. The Miss America Organization provides young women with a vehicle to further their personal and professional goals and instills a spirit of community service through a variety of unique nationwide community based programs.
Miss America’s brief stay in Huntington Beach and her appearance in the Parade will surely be an inspiration to everyone who sees her.
COL Terry Knight California National Guard
COL Terry Knight joined the Army in 1969 and was accepted into Officer Candidate School. Upon being commissioned as an Army Combat Intelligence Officer, he was assigned to the National Security Agency. He joined the California National Guard in 1980 and served as a Public Affairs Officer for the Selective Service System for 18 years.
In May of 1999, COL Knight was hired as the State Director of Public Affairs for the California National Guard. After two years as PA and Marketing Director for the Cal Guard’s Youth Programs, Knight returned to the Joint Force Headquarters in 2006 as Director of Community Relations. Since 2000, the Community Relations division of CNG Public Affairs has been honored six times as best program in the nation by the National Guard Bureau.
His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (2) w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal (2) w/Oak Leaf Cluster, Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Selective Service Meritorious Service Medal. COL Knight is a member of numerous organizations including the UCR Alumni Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Radio and Television Artists and Sacramento Press Club.
SPORTS GRAND MARSHAL ROBERT AUGUST
Huntington Beach’s own, Robert August has been on a surfboard since the age of six. His smooth, relaxed style allowed him to become a successful competitor early. After graduating from Huntington Beach High School, Robert was given the chance of a lifetime – a starring role in the timeless surf film, The Endless Summer.
>Robert’s lifelong devotion to surfing spills out the door at the Robert August Surf Shop in Huntington Beach where the best in custom long, mid, short and retro boards as well as surfing accessories keep the sport of surfing as one of the top ranked pursuits for young and old alike.
Before becoming Freddie on the Nickelodeon series , "iCarly" Nathan appeared in many commercials, industrials, TV shows and a few feature films, sometimes on-screen and sometimes just a voice of a character. He has been the series lead in two animated programs, "Little Freaks" and " Shuriken School ". As a recurring sketch comedy artist on the Jimmy Kimmel Show, one of his favorite performances was as a young "Simon Cowell". He has also appeared in one hour shows such as "Without a Trace" and "House". In 2008, he spent a month in Vancouver , Canada filming the Nickelodeon feature, "GYM TEACHER" with Christopher Meloni, best known for his role on "Law and Order".
At age 16, Nathan spends his time off-set working on academics with plans for college, practicing his driving and enjoying good times with friends and family.
Fourth of July Board Names Community Grand Marshals
Thirty-three long-time residents of Huntington Beach have been named collectively as the 4th of July Celebration’s Community Grand Marshals. Some of these distinguished individuals’ families claim residence in the city dating back as far as 100 years.
Members of this elite group are: Tim Alvarez, Lucille Brewster, Anna Capocciama, Jack Clapp, Jeanette Clapp, Cliff Clemens, Delbert Corker, Betty Dillon, Juan Dillon, Don Goode, Ferogene Goode, Roy Graser, Nadine Hanson, Bill Harbison, Roger Hosmer, Arline Howard, Billie Kennedy, Bill Kettler, Marge Kettler, Virginia Lauer, Harlo LeBard, Annabelle McNeil, Russ Paxson, Francis Rathburn, Rosemary Robinson, Sam Robinson, John Rohrig, Ellen Trabant, Jack Weide, Jane Wells, Richard White, Gene Whitfield, Shirley Worthy and Ray Vidal.
Grab your blankets and beach chairs and come to the beach – all 8 ½ miles of coastline along PCH – where you’ll have front row seats for the fireworks show over the ocean.
Shot from the Huntington Beach Pier, this year’s fireworks spectacular will be a bigger and longer show in honor of the city’s Centennial Celebration. Twenty-eight shells per minute will burst from the pier with a total program of 1335 shells during a show that will last a record 30 minutes.
Once again Zambelli Internationale Fireworks Company will provide the show – one of more than 4,000 fireworks shows each year with an average of 2,000 shows on the 4th of July.
The show starts at 9:00 p.m. Come early to save your spot on the sand for the perfect ending to Independence Day in Huntington Beach.
Be sure to take a look at homes along the Parade Route. Decorated in 4th of July holiday style, the patriotic look can win an award in one of three categories. Decorations might qualify for Most Creative, Most Patriotic Spirit and Best in Show. The winner in each category will be awarded prizes from local merchants and hotels plus a sign designating their victory. The contest is for homes whose addresses begin at 600 Main Street and stretch to 17th & Main near city hall.
This calendar does not guarantee accuracy of information as events are subject to change.
Huntington Beach Events
California Greetings has 4th of July T-shirts & hats
Also at Seacliff Albertson's!