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Huntington Beach 4th of July Pier Expo
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4th of July Independence Day embodies Diversity that makes California great.


Southern CalYou'll not find a better example of diversity than California beaches on the 4th of July US celebration of Independence from the Brits. An Ohio Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton, British family on holiday tour and a gay couple from San Francisco visiting their old surfing grounds in Huntington Beach all came to one place to experience the sand, sunshine and allure of the Pacific Ocean. As I stood amidst a mass of sunbathers spread along the sand plateau above the water line, I looked down and noticed a variety of skin tones glowing red, brown or pink. Every size, color, shape and persuasion was represented, and it wasn't unique to Huntington. Other nearby cities such as Seal, Sunset and Newport offered similar scenes on the holiday that truly launches the summer season.

California beaches (and especially Southern Cali beaches) rival Disneyland for the diverse audiences they attract, inviting people to spend their hard-earned dollars on hotels, on food and gifts to take home as souvenirs. I saw several L.A. TV news channels at the beaches, and when I watched their reports televised later in the day, they confirmed exactly what I observed. People from all over the world...Germany, Phoenix (AZ), New York, Tokyo, Guam, Madrid, San Antonio (TX), and thousands of other cities and countries...shared a common bond. It was incredibly humbling to look out at the waves where several soldiers back from Iraq appeared so small and vulnerable in that huge sea. They were simply thankful to be alive, they told me.

The beach reduces or eliminates partitions that societies create as all imaginable types of humans coexist on one single blanket of sand. 4th of July can be one of the most unifying celebrations you'll ever see. For those who don't know what the holiday means, head to the beach, talk to a few people, and have a good time sharing the sand, the waves, and life.


When the 4th of July falls on a week day, finding hotel rooms is not normally a challenge. Weekends can be a little harder, however. The beach hotels where you can see fireworks from view rooms include: Hyatt Regency HB Resort, Hilton Waterfront and Best Western HB Inn.