Planning for the 2021 celebration has been heavily influenced by the CCP virus pandemic, elected officials said during a March 15 city council meeting.
The city plans on hosting its traditional fireworks show over the Huntington Beach pier, however, there are still uncertainties about whether it will be permitted during the pandemic.
“The firework show is the most susceptible to COVID-related impacts,” community services manager Chris Cole told the council.
The firework show would include a 25-minute firework display, choreographed to a custom soundtrack.
The 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) run will be modified from the traditional main street route to a predesigned course at Huntington Central Park.
The run will take place during the Fourth of July weekend, with staggered start times of limited-sized groups.
A virtual race component will also be included, and will allow participants to race on their own time and location.
“Use of existing park space for the course rather than public streets allows for costs to be kept to a minimum, and ensures a fiscally sustainable and authentic 5k experience,” Cole said.
The Pier Plaza festival will include sponsor booths, food trucks, and vendors.
To adhere to social-distancing guidelines, booths and vendors on the pier will be spaced out.
“Outdoor marketplaces are currently permissible under COVID restrictions,” Cole said. “It’s a very safe bet.”
There will also be a socially distanced block party in downtown Huntington Beach.
“The 2021 activity would expand upon last year’s plan to create additional parade routes, and would include creative ways to engage potential sponsors,” Cole said.
There will be a home decoration contest that will include residences and businesses citywide.
“The home decorating contest provides an additional way to maintain the sense of hometown pride for the celebration, especially for residents who wish to celebrate from home,” Cole said.
During last year’s Fourth of July, the beaches were closed due to the pandemic. There is no indication of beach closures during this year’s celebration.