City of Laguna Beach to host 4th of July Drone Show from Heisler Park

Bust out your beach umbrellas, BBQ and patriotic spirit and get ready to celebrate the 4th of July in a unique way.

Join the fun as City of Laguna Beach hosts the 4th of July Drone Show! The drone show begins at 9 p.m. from Monument Point in Heisler Park on Thursday, July 4. Large crowds are anticipated for the July 4th holiday, and the city is requesting the public’s cooperation to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for residents and visitors.

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Photos by Scott Brashier

2023 Laguna fireworks display

Areas of Heisler Park, including the Lawn Bowling Green and Monument Point area will be closed all day on Thursday, July 4. Additionally, at approximately 5 p.m., the area of Heisler Park from Myrtle Street to the Rockpile Beach stairs at Jasmine Street will be closed to the public to allow for the 4th of July drone flyover beginning at 9 p.m. Tune into the Voice of Laguna and KXFM Radio to listen to a live audio simulcast of patriotic music during the drone show!

In addition, there will be a Fourth of July Coastal Flyover. The Condor Squadron Officers’ and Airmen’s Association, a non-profit organization founded by group of WWll fighter pilots, will fly AT-6s over Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point and San Clemente. They will fly over Laguna Beach around 5:45 p.m. The flyover was arranged by the City of San Clemente.

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Fourth of July crowds in 2023

The Art Festivals will have limited hours on July 4.

FOA is closed on July 4

Art-A-Fair – July 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sawdust – July 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

After the drone show ends, expect heavy traffic as many visitors will be leaving via Laguna Canyon Road and Coast Highway. For traffic and emergency updates, sign up for Nixle by texting 92651 to 888-777.

Transit Services Operating Under Modified Schedule

City Trolleys will operate under a modified schedule on July 4: the Coastal Route will run from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and the Canyon Route from 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. The Laguna Beach Local On-Demand service will run from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. The normal transit service schedules will resume on Friday, July 5.

Reminder: All Fireworks are Illegal in Laguna Beach

This includes “Safe and Sane”-type fireworks and sparklers that may be legal to purchase in other cities. The Laguna Beach Police, Fire and Marine Safety Departments will have extra officers working on the 4th of July holiday looking for fireworks violations. Any member of the Police Department or the Fire Department can seize any fireworks. Persons in possession of or discharging fireworks of any kind – including firecrackers, bottle rockets, mortars, roman candles, or anything that flies/shoots through the air – may be cited for a misdemeanor offense, which carries a fine of up to $1,000 and jail time of up to six months. If you see or hear illegal fireworks being used in Laguna Beach, call the non-emergency hotline at 949.497.0701.

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Beaches were packed on 4th of July, 2023

The public is expected to observe all City Park and Beach Ordinances, including:

–No fireworks of any kind are allowed in Laguna Beach.

–No alcohol on the beaches.

–No smoking in public places.

–No single-use plastics are allowed on beaches, trails, or in parks.

–No private drone use from Main Beach to Crescent Bay.

–No canopies, awnings, umbrellas, tents or covers over six feet in height or wider than six feet square on or in any public beach or park. Any canopy, awning, umbrella, tent or cover installed, shall have no more than one side closed to public view.

–No portable barbecues are allowed on city beaches or in parks.

–No dogs are allowed on city beaches from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. during the summer season, which extends from June 15 through September 10.

All OC Parks trails will be closed at sunset.

The Laguna Beach Police, Fire and Marine Safety Departments will be strictly enforcing all the ordinances.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July from the City of Laguna Beach.

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