Huntington Beach shows its patriotic spirit – Orange County Register

Patriotic flair is everywhere when the Huntington Beach Fourth of July parade is in town. / PHOTO MINDY SCHAUER, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Patriotism is a big deal in Huntington Beach and no holiday is more draped in Stars and Stripes than the Fourth of July. And Huntington Beach is gearing up for another big celebration. Whether it is more than a dozen acts performing downtown, to a 5K run, to the parade and fireworks, there will be something for all.

The celebration at the Pier Plaza next to the Huntington Beach Pier, run from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, July 2, through Tuesday, July 4, with entertainment and vendors through the fireworks show Tuesday night.

The Rockstars of Music kick off the entertainment for the weekend at 12:15 p.m. Sunday as the first for 14 acts to take the main stage north of the Pier. Music will continue until 9:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday, and until the fireworks show.

The Fourth of July gets started early. The popular Surf City 5K and Kids Run are both staged out of Worthy Park, 1900 Main St. Registration and a fitness expo begins at 6 a.m. There is a Residents Run-Walk at 7 a.m.; the Open Race at 8 a.m., with a Stroller Run at 8:15 a.m.; and the Kids 1-and 1/2-mile events at 9 a.m. Cost: $40, kid races $20.

The Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade brings out the inner Uncle Sam in people such as, from left, David Lasky, Ben Adams, Tony Huerta and Sammy Gallow. PHOTO MINDY SCHAUER,<br />ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

The Kiwanis Club starts flipping pancakes at 6:30-10 a.m. at Lake Park, 1035 11th St. Cost: $5.

For all the action surrounding it, the annual parade, in its 113th year, remains the centerpiece of the holiday. Begun on July 4, 1904, to celebrate the arrival of the first electric passenger train from Long Beach and Los Angeles, the parade has become a tradition. That first event brought 50,000 people to town and has grown by multiples since then.

This year, about 150 entrants have signed up. Among the notable attendees are radio…

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