Crowds estimated by lifeguards at 60,000 a day swarmed the sands over the three-day weekend. Photo by Charlie Craig.
The Condor Squadron, World War II AT-6 training planes, provided aerial interest throughout Independence Day with coastal flyovers in varying formations and contrails, this one over Presbyterian Church. Photo by Charlie Craig.
The view south from Shaw’s Cove towards the town’s fireworks display. Photo by Mitch Ridder.
Friends can’t resist time-honored shenanigans on Bluebird Canyon Beach. Photo by Marilynn Young.
A bubble rises out of reach of a participant in the South Laguna neighborhood parade. Photo by andrea Adelson.
Virginia Way sets out for a day including balloon tossers and donut eaters. Photos by Anna Goddard.
The most traditional of July 4 edibles, consumed at the South Laguna neighborhood party. Photo by Anna Goddard
And the pre-fireworks finale, a water-balloon war.
About the Author
The author is the editor of the Laguna Beach Independent. Prior to taking the job in 2005, she worked previously as a reporter at five daily newspapers, including the Daily Pilot in Costa Mesa, the Daily News of Los Angeles and the New York Times. Reach her by emailing [email protected]