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Manhattan Beach Fireworks: Here's What You Need to Know

Dec 10, 2022 05:51PM ● By Jeanne Fratello

Crowds line the streets in downtown Manhattan Beach to watch the fireworks - photo via Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks

The Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks will take place at 7:00 on Sunday night, rain or shine. Here's what you need to know about the event:

Rain or Shine: Yes, you read that right, rain or shine. Right now, rain is kinda-sorta-maybe in the forecast for 7:00 p.m. but the show will go on. The fireworks team has extra tarps to cover up the goods, so they will be ready to go at showtime.

Snow Park Moved to Live Oak Park: The Skechers Snow Park and Bounce Park will take place at Live Oak Park. This change was made to give more room to "provide more space, safety, and flexibility," according to the city and police. The parking lot directly west of Shellback Tavern on Ocean Ave. will now be open for more blanket seating for the fireworks. Furthermore, there will be no band shell or live bands on Manhattan Beach Blvd. (For Skechers Snow Park admission, bring unwrapped toys, canned food, or cash to donate to the YMCA Adventure Guides charity.

Blanket Seating: Blanket seating for the fireworks will open up sometime between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Manhattan Beach Police and Fire Departments will decide when it is safe for the public to spread their blankets in the street. Event organizers ask attendees to please cooperate with the police, they have their hands full and are only trying to avoid any issues or problems. Blanket sizes should be for one party of 10 at most.Please be a good neighbor and try not try to mark off huge spaces so everyone can have a good view of the show.

No Drones Allowed: No drones will be permitted due to safety concerns.

Pick Up Your Trash: Here's a plea from all of our friends at various beach organizations: Please pick up your trash afterwards. Let's keep our beach clean to allow everyone to enjoy it and to protect our beach creatures from harm.

Street Closures: Street closures begin at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. The schedule is as follows: 

6 A.M. Sunday
Manhattan Beach Boulevard – The Pier to Manhattan Avenue :: 6am to 11pm
Ocean Drive – 11th Street to Center Place :: 6am to 11pm

1 P.M. Sunday
Manhattan Avenue – 9th Street to 15th Street :: 1pm to 11pm
Ocean Drive – 10th Pl. to 12th Street :: 1pm to 11pm
Bayview Drive – 11th Street to Manhattan Beach Blvd :: 1pm to 11pm
11th Street – Ocean Drive to Highland Avenue :: 1pm to 11pm
11th Place – Ocean Drive to Highland Avenue :: 1pm to 11pm
Center Place – Ocean Drive to Bayview Drive :: 1pm to 11pm
12th Street – Ocean Drive to Bayview Drive :: 1pm to 11pm

Uber/Lyft Zones: Parking will be nearly impossible; the downtown is expected to be completely full by 4:00 p.m. Biking, walking, and ridesharing is encouraged. Uber/Lyft zones include:

1 – Northbound Valley Drive across from Joslyn Center
2 – Joslyn Center Parking Lot (5 spaces)
3 – Northbound Ardmore Avenue north of Manhattan Beach Boulevard (5 spaces in Lot 8)
4 – Eastbound 15th Street east of Highland Avenue (City Hall)

Full Schedule: The full event schedule is as follows:

3:00 p.m.: Skechers Snow Park at Live Oak Park opens for Friendship Foundation
4:00 -6:30 p.m.: Skechers Snow Park at Live Oak Park opens to the general public
4:00 - 6:30 p.m.: Photo ops with Santa float on Manhattan Ave.
3:00 - 6:30 p.m. Mira Costa carolers strolling downtown
4:00 p.m.: Hyperion Outfall Serenaders
5:00 p.m.: Mira Costa Jazz Band
7:00 p.m.: 34th Annual Skechers Manhattan Beach Fireworks with extended finale sponsored by Desolation Hotel.

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