Fourth of July Preparations Underway

Date of Record: 2013-06-20


Contact:  Janine Zuniga; 619-522-7340-office


Fourth of July Preparations Underway


  Courtesy Coronado Tourism Improvement District

CORONADO, CA (June 21, 2013) - The City of Coronado has been busy preparing for its daylong Fourth of July festivities that include a parade, 15K race, rough-water swim, community concert and fireworks show, among other things. Locals should also be prepared for the big crowds expected for this event-filled day.

As part of the Fourth of July planning, City officials are working to get the word out about parking restrictions, road closures and safety zones. Large crowds are expected at the various events being held all around Coronado.

Here is the list of events:

7 a.m.                                37th Annual Independence Day 15K Run/5K Run-Walk; Registration/start at Tidelands Park;

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.                 Art in the Park; Spreckels Park at Sixth Street and Orange Avenue;


9 a.m.                                55th Annual Rough Water Swim; Central Beach; registration at 7:30 a.m.;


10 a.m.                              64th Annual Independence Day Parade; Orange Avenue; Parade Participants


4 p.m.                                Concerts in the Park at Spreckels Park; Coronado Community Band;


9 p.m.                                Fireworks Show over Glorietta Bay broadcast live on radio station KYXY 96.5 FM; Big Bay Boom over San Diego Bay;

See parade line-up here.

Click here on the map below to see a larger image of the parade route, fireworks display areas, portable toilets, bus stops and no-parking areas.

With the Fourth of July holiday falling on a Thursday, traffic is sure to be an issue citywide. Drivers are advised to arrive early to find the best parking particularly for the parade, which begins at 10 a.m.

The Coronado Police Department will create a safety zone, within a one-block radius of the Orange Avenue parade route, to ensure event security and to provide an area for emergency vehicles and City cleanup crews. Signs will be posted in advance, notifying people of the upcoming closure.  Barricades will be erected and more signs will be posted in the days immediately preceding the parade.  Please note that vehicles found in this area once the barricades are up WILL BE CITED AND TOWED.

Things to keep in mind this Fourth of July holiday:

POLICE:             Officers will be strictly enforcing bans on alcohol on public streets, in City parks and on the beach. Bans also are in effect for tents and overnight camping, fireworks and unleashed dogs.

TRAFFIC:           Orange Avenue will be shut down in both directions during the parade from First Street to RH Dana Place, beginning at 9 a.m. and lasting until about 1 p.m. Additionally, streets around the parade staging area - bounded by First Street to the north, Orange Avenue to the east, Third Street to the south and Palm Avenue to the west - will be closed to through traffic.

PARKING:         In addition to the restrictions in the parade safety zone, other parking restrictions will be in place on July 4.  Parking is permitted along the northbound and southbound lanes of State Route 75/Silver Strand Boulevard north of Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, where it is normally allowed.  However, no vehicles may park AT ANY TIME along the medians of State Route 75 from Pomona Avenue to Tulagi Road, or along the southbound or northbound shoulders of State Route 75 south of Naval Amphibious Base Coronado south, where parking is always prohibited.

RV PARKING:  The RV staging area for entering the Silver Strand State Beach is north of the Coronado Cays guard shack along the western curb of Coronado Cays Boulevard.  In the Village area, RV parking will be temporarily permitted Thursday along Glorietta Boulevard and along State Route 75 on the City Hall side, or across from the Coronado Shores. However, no overnight sleeping or awnings and pop-outs are allowed.

PARADE:            No one may stake out a viewing spot in the City's medians to watch the parade until 5 a.m. on Thursday, July 4.  Any items placed in the medians to reserve spots before 5 a.m. will be removed and stored by Public Services. Any items removed and taken to Public Services may not be retrieved until July 5.

BOAT RAMP:    The Glorietta Bay Boat Ramp will be closed during the 15K race, which begins at 7 a.m., and again during the fireworks display, which starts at approximately 9 p.m.

FIREWORKS:    A fireworks show will be discharged from a barge in Glorietta Bay at 9 p.m.  The show will be broadcast live on radio station KYXY 96.5 FM.  The show will last approximately 16 minutes.  The Port of San Diego's Big Bay Boom fireworks show will be discharged simultaneously from barges placed around San Diego Bay, and at the Imperial Beach Pier. Those shows will be broadcast live on the radio on 105.7 FM.  No stopping or parking is permitted AT ANY TIME on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, a state highway, to view the fireworks show.

FIRES:                 No fires are permitted outside of the established fire rings located near Coronado's Dog Beach and at Glorietta Bay Park. 

The City reminds residents and visitors to keep a watchful eye on their children.  Parents of lost children should contact a Police Officer, security staff or call 911.  For non-life-threatening emergencies, Police Dispatchers can be reached at (619) 522-7350.

Public Services crews will be out cleaning up at the different events but City officials ask that people leave the City as clean as they found it. To reach Public Service crews to report overflowing trash bins, damaged barricades or broken tree limbs, call (619) 522-7380.

Have safe Fourth of July holiday and please don't drink and drive.