19th Annual Fireworks by the Sea

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Oxnard, CA – This Monday, July 4th, the Channel Islands Harbor District will be hosting its 19th annual Fourth of July event.  The event will begin at 8 a.m. with a 5K & 10K Fun Run/Walk along Sunset Lane and Mandalay Beach Road.  This will be followed by the July 4th Children’s Parade on Harbor Boulevard.  The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. and take place on south Harbor Boulevard between Cabezone Circle and Albacore Way.  Harbor Boulevard will be closed to vehicular traffic during the parade.  Motorists can use Sunset Lane or Ocean Drive as an alternate route.

Activities and entertainment are scheduled throughout the day at the Channel Islands Harbor.  Marine Emporium Landing will have activities between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m., including live music, face painting, an inflatable fun zone, and a rock climbing wall.  There will also be vendors with booths as well as a farmer’s market.  This will be a family-oriented event with fun for all.  The event will end with a fireworks show that begins at 9 p.m. and can best be seen near the intersection of Victoria Avenue and Channel Islands Boulevard.

Public consumption of alcohol, possession and use of fireworks, including those described as “Safe and Sane”, and use of flare ignition devices will not be tolerated.  All of the involved law enforcement agencies will be conducting strict enforcement of all related offenses.

This event is expected to draw a large crowd and traffic delays are expected following the fireworks show.  The Oxnard Police Department will be handling traffic control to expedite the flow of traffic surrounding the event site.  Starting at 7 p.m., all intersections on Victoria Avenue and Harbor Boulevard from Fifth Street to the harbor area will be controlled by traffic officers.  The Channel Islands Bridge, between Victoria Avenue and Harbor Boulevard, is subject to closure prior to the fireworks display and will be closed after the fireworks display to facilitate the high traffic volume leaving the event.

In addition, the Oxnard Police Department would also like to notify the public that driving on any beach in the City of Oxnard is strictly prohibited.  From 5 p.m. on July 3rd to noon on July 5th, Arnold Road south of Hueneme Road will be closed to all vehicles with the exception of those who have legitimate business in that area or who are traveling to and from work.  Parking restrictions on Arnold Road will also be strictly enforced.

If you live in the area of these roadways or intersections, we apologize for any inconvenience. The roads will be re-opened as soon as possible.  These traffic flow modifications are taking place to assist in relieving the traffic congestion from this event in a timely and orderly fashion, with caution for pedestrians.

Please have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July holiday.

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