Santa Monica’s annual July 4 parade will march down Main Street starting at 9:30 a.m. Several roads along the route will be closed. Main Street will be closed from Colorado to Marine for the duration of the parade beginning at about 6 a.m. Streets crossing the route, including Pico, Bay, Bicknell, Pacific, Strand, Hollister, Ocean Park, Hill, Ashland, Pier and Marine will be closed starting at about 8 a.m. All streets will be closed through 12 p.m.

Officials are reminding everyone that all types of fireworks are illegal in the City of Santa Monica, including “safe and sane” fireworks. No fireworks can be used in Santa Monica even if they were legal in the city in which they were purchased. Illegal fireworks will be seized and the owners can be fined up to $1,000 or face up to six months in jail.

The Santa Monica parade will start at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Pico and Main. The route runs down Main Street, turns west on Marine then north on Barnard Way before ending close to Ocean Park Blvd.

Spectators are encouraged to bring enough water to stay hydrated during the day and drivers should be aware of several road closures.

For a full parade map and additional information, see pages 5 – 8 of this paper.

Neighboring communities have fireworks shows on July 4 including Pacific Palisades (, Marina Del Rey (, The Hollywood Bowl July 4th Fireworks Spectacular ( and 4th of July Block Party at Grand Park (

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