Huntington Beach’s Fourth of July Parade teams up with Pacific Airshow for patriotic flyovers

The largest community Independence Day celebration west of the Mississippi, the 115th Annual Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade has teamed up with Pacific Airshow to add exciting aerobatic displays and flyovers from vintage and current aircraft.

Pacific Airshow partner, the Lyon Air Museum will fly its C-47 Dakota, known as the revered and popular Willa Dean to honor the 75h Anniversary of D-Day, and John Colver will be flying his 1944 AT-6 War Dog. Both of these aircraft have thrilled the Pacific Airshow crowds over the past several years.

To highlight the upcoming Southern California debut of the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force Red Arrows at this year’s Pacific Airshow, a historic de Havilland Chipmunk piloted by Richard Wilshire will soar over the crowd. The Chipmunk was designed in 1946 as a training aircraft for the Royal Air Force, and the one flying over the parade will sport 60-foot red, white and blue streamers.

Rounding out the aerial performances will be a U.S. Coast Guard MH65 Helicopter used for transport and rescues and HB 1 the Huntington Beach Police Department helicopter.

“The Fourth of July Parade and the Pacific Airshow attract generations of Americans who love coming together to celebrate our country and its heritage,” said Kevin Elliott, Pacific Airshow director. “It’s exciting for these events to work together as they deepen their community commitment.”

The Parade steps off at 10am on Main Street at Pacific Coast Highway and concludes at Main Street and Yorktown. The celebration has grown to include the Surf City 5k Run and Sports Expo at Worthy Park (6am start), and a pancake breakfast hosted by the HB Kiwanis at Lake Park (7am). Fireworks over the ocean start at 9pm on July 4th, and a new community celebration and a block party called The Bash will take place on July 3rd from 6–9pm at 5th and PCH.

Pacific Airshow takes place October 4-6 and now, in its fourth year, will feature the Royal Air Force Red Arrows, Canadian Forces Snowbirds and top U.S. military aircraft demonstrations.

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