During the 4th of July weekend, the City of Oceanside will host the annual Fourth of July Celebration. This event will draw a significant amount of people and vehicles into the beach and downtown areas. This year due to financial restraints the fireworks display will not take place. With close to 200,000 people expected to attend the weekend festivities, the mission of the Police Department is to provide for public safety during the weekend events, promote community safety and effectively manage the flow of pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
The areas west of the railroad tracks to the ocean and north and south to the city limits has been designated as a "Safety Enhancement Zone". Fines for Municipal Code violations will be tripled within the Safety Zone.
Vehicular access to the area west of the railroad tracks, between Wisconsin Ave. and the Harbor Beach will be controlled by various road closures. The areas primarily impacted by the festivities will be Mission Avenue, Coast Highway, The Strand, the beach areas to include the Harbor beach.
All city parking lots, with the exception of lot numbers 26, 29, and 30 will be open. Handicapped Parking in the immediate beach area is located on the north side of the Beach Community Center (Lot 30) and The Strand and Wisconsin (Lot 31). Handicapped passengers are allowed to be dropped off at Surfrider Way at The Strand.
On July 04, 2012 at 0900-am The Strand between Wisconsin St and Breakwater Street will be closed. Roadways to these areas will re-open at 8-pm.
There will also be a night time road closure in the Harbor beginning at 900-pm. There will be no access to the harbor from the north (Harbor Dr). Access to the harbor via Pacific Street over the bridge is limited to residents, slip renters, and employees. No traffic will be permitted to enter the harbor from the south and exit the harbor from the north. The roadways are expected to reopen at midnight or when traffic congestion has diminished.
Parking Enforcement will post designated lots with "No Parking" signs advising residents and visitors. All parking is on a first come first serve basis.
Vehicle access will be allowed into closed areas on a limited basis to residents and guests of residents with off street parking only. Proper identification will be required to verify the residents address.
Roadway closure exceptions for Residents and Guests;