Update 3:40 p.m. Tuesday, July 3: Added map with areas where boaters can drop anchor.
For the city's big list of July 4th events, officials have laid out some specific parking restrictions (being towed WILL put a damper on your holiday) and other guidelines for the day.
For instance, there is no drinking in public places and bonfires on the beach are allowed in limited areas.
(See street closure map, list of events and bay map for boaters in the media box.)
Take heed. Here's the details from the city:
A parade, 15K race, rough-water swim, community concert and fireworks show are among the many events that will take place in Coronado on the Fourth of July, one of the busiest days of the year for residents and visitors as well as city employees.
As part of the planning, City officials are working to get the word out about parking restrictions, road closures, safety zones and other important things Fourth of July attendees should anticipate as large crowds gather at the events being held all over the Village area of town.
With the Fourth of July holiday falling on a Wednesday, 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.
This is the same safety zone created last year. 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. 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 parks and on the beach. Bans also are in effect for tents and overnight camping, fireworks and unleashed dogs.
TRAFFIC: Orange 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 1st Street to the north, Orange Avenue to the east, 3rd 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, 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 Wednesday along Glorietta Boulevard and along State Route 75 on the City Hall, 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 July 4. Any items placed in the medians to reserve spots will be removed and stored.
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, on TV on San Diego Fox 5 HD and Cox 4 HD. 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.
A few more things to note:
- As this year’s No. 1 Beach in the United States, Coronado is anticipating even more visitors than usual.
- Keep an eye on your 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.
Have a safe Fourth of July holiday, and please don’t drink and drive.