4th of July Fireworks at the Huntington Beach Pier

Huntington Beach --

Gymnasts, fireworks to light up the 'O.C.'

Sunday, May 16, 2004

The hot new soap opera "The O.C." may be on summer hiatus, but Orange County, where the show's beautiful people shed a lot of beautiful clothes, offers plenty of live attractions without all the teen angst:

-- The Huntington Beach Fourth of July celebration will have extra spark this year. Organizers promise the largest fireworks display over water on the West Coast this summer, marking the 100th anniversary of the city's name, the opening of its landmark pier and its first Independence Day parade, now an important city tradition.

The July 4 celebration will include a 5K run and fitness expo; the popular parade (250,000 estimated in attendance last year), which steps off at 10 a.m.; a children's carnival on Main Street and an early evening symphony concert by the Huntington Beach pier. The elaborate evening display will feature 5,000 individual fireworks.

In 1904, Pacific City changed its name to honor H. E. Huntington, who brought the Pacific Electric Railway to town. For information, visit www.surfcity-hb.org.