Expect Park Restrictions on July 4

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Laguna Beach expects an unusually busy weekend due to the influx of visitors staying through the midweek July 4 holiday.

To ensure a “safe and enjoyable environment” during Independence Day, public access will be restricted around one of the city’s most popular picnic areas, Heisler Park’s Monument Point, in preparation for the fireworks show beginning at 9 p.m.

Afterwards, due to the dramatic increase in traffic expected, members of the police and public works departments will be conducting traffic control to speed the flow of vehicles out of town. The center lane of Laguna Canyon Road, between Canyon Acres and El Toro Road, will be reversed to add an additional outbound traffic lane.

City trolleys, set to roll beginning July 29, will run from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 4. Additionally, there will be no public parking in the Pavilions center parking lot, 600 N. Coast Highway at Boat Canyon. Free public parking will resume in a designated portion of the Pavilions lot on Thursday, July 5, and will extend through the end of the summer festival season.

Other typical city park and beach rules will be in effect on July 4, including the ban on fireworks.

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