For 2017, the Laguna Beach 4th of July Fireworks show is once again originating from Monument Point at Heisler Park. Here’s the official scoop:
Closures & Fireworks Schedule
The Point itself will be closed the entire 4th of July day. And, at noon, the area of Heisler Park from Myrtle Street to Rockpile Beach (Jasmine Street) will be closed, too. The Laguna Beach 4th of July show will begin at about 9:00 p.m.
Keep in mind, too, that Emerald Bay’s homeowner’s association does its own fireworks show, and it’s nothing to sneeze at. (Our Emerald bay folks DO know how to party.) It usually begins before the Laguna Beach show, so make sure you’re in place and looking north well in advance of 9:00 p.m.!
Rules of play
If you choose to stake your claim earlier in the day at any of our fine beaches or parks, keep the following rules in mind:
- No alcohol or smoking on the beaches.
- No tents, canopies or barbeques.
- No dogs are allowed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Please don’t even think about setting off your own fireworks (wherever you might be in the city boundaries) as every sign already posted into Laguna Beach tells you this is an illegal activity. They mean it. It’s already a dry season, and the city will have patrols posted everywhere.
Best Restaurants for Viewing 4th of July Fireworks Shows – updated 7/3/2017
Mozambique Veranda (roof) – Railing tables on the roof are already booked completely (required $50 deposit/table). About half of the remainder of the Veranda is reserved as well. The Shebeen Lounge (also viewing availability) on the second level under the Veranda still has availability. Call Mozambique, (949) 715-7100.
Rooftop Laguna Beach – NO reservations, walk-in basis only.
Skyloft – The Roof Deck still shows availability for tables from 6:00 p.m. forward, at $100 per table. Note: The deposit does not go toward food or beverage. Call Skyloft, (949) 715-1550. Reserved seats are held for a 15-minute grace period beyond the reservation time. Standing room Roof Deck entry begins at 6:00 p.m. at $20/person. Main dining level is still offering limited seating on balcony. Live music by fantastic Joseph Soul will play before and after the fireworks show until midnight.
The Cliff – NO reservations, walk-in basis only.
The Deck at Pacific Edge Hotel – NO reservations, walk-in basis only.
Free Trolley Schedule
City trolleys will operate from 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and they do NOT resume after the show. See free Laguna Beach trolley info here. Keep this in mind, folks, as you will be hoofing it to wherever your car is parked or residence after the 25-minute show has faded from the night sky.
Now, granted, the City does everything it can to help people exit Laguna Beach after the fireworks show, but if I were you, I’d settle into one of the local pubs or fine food establishments and wait it out about an hour.Even though Laguna Canyon Road will open its center lane to allow for two lanes of traffic OUT of town … trust me … hang out, relax and let the mad dust settle.
Safe Ride Shuttles for Restaurant Patrons
As an aside, both Mozambique and Skyloft restaurants will be offering their free “Safe Ride” shuttles all day and evening on the 4th for dining patrons of their establishments. Because they commonly use more local, back routes between the two restaurants and in their pick ups and deliveries of individuals and groups around town, you might want to look into reservations at either location for dining and drinks before, during or after the fireworks show. See more details on their Safe Ride shuttles here, or simply call to book in advance through the main Mozambique reservation line at (949) 715-7777. (Please be kind and tip their drivers!)
Please remember in ALL trolley and shuttle instances that their efficiency and timeliness relies, to some level, on the amount of traffic already clustered in Laguna Beach. Exercise patience and just keep enjoying your day!