By Amanda Huffman
The annual fireworks display will be taking place on July 4th, and San Clemente residents should expect some changes in accessibility to the Pier in the days leading up it.
The end of the Pier will close at noon on July 3, and the entire Pier will close at 8 a.m. on the July 4. During the fireworks display, a 1,000 foot perimeter in the area surrounding and beneath the Pier is required. The Pier and beach will be closed to public until the morning of July 5.
After the fireworks display, traffic will be restricted between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the entire lower Pier Bowl area. There will be three routes to exit the Pier Bowl: on Palizada and directed to the freeway, or north onto El Camino Real; on Avenida Del Mar, diverted onto Presidio; and Victoria, diverted southbound onto the freeway at Valencia and Calafia.
Police will help direct traffic.
All streets and intersections will remain open, but all Pier Bowl streets will be impacted by the exit routes, including:
- East Palizada/Seville
- East Seville/Del Mar
- East Palizada/Puente
- East Ola Vista/Palizada
- Del Mar/Ola Vista
- East Victoria/Ola Vista
- El Camino Real/Palizada
- Del Mar/El Camino Real
- Victoria/El Camino Real
- El Camino Real/Presidio
A flyover by the Condor Squadron will take place beginning at 6:10 p.m. in Newport Beach and will arrive in San Clemente at 6:25 p.m. Participating coastal cities such as Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point and San Clemente will be able to see the show. In next week’s issue of the San Clemente Times information about the July 18-19 Ocean Festival police activity and routes around the busy areas will be provided. Stay tuned.