Across the Area

July 4: Fun, fireworks and loud, late booms

CROWDS lined Main Street in Huntington Beach for the 113th annual 4th of July parade (City of HB photo).

For some people, the Fourth of July in the Garden Grove-Huntington Beach-Westminster area was a delight of hot dogs, parades, and fun. For others, it was a noisy siege of explosions and window-rattling booms.

Independence Day was warm and sunny, and the 113th annual 4th of July parade and related events drew tens of thousands of people – one estimate put the crowd at 50,000 – to the patriotic procession. Radio personality Tim Conway, Jr. served as grand marshal for the “United We Stand” celebration.

In West Garden Grove, a bicycle parade lent a more informal air to the holiday happenings.

When night fell – and even before – the fireworks began going off. The sale and use of “safe and sane” fireworks is legal in all three cities, but many residents reported on social media the widespread use of illegal pyrotechnics including bottle rockets and mortars. In some areas, the booming went on well past midnight.

Police and fire were on alert across the cities. Minor fires were reported and extinguished. Citations were issued for the use of illegal fireworks, but the number of citations was not immediately available.

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