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Meet on Beach event commemorates historic boulevard

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Beach Boulevard spans multiple cities and unincorporated Orange County communities between La Habra and Huntington Beach (pictured). “Meet on Beach,” a 21-mile-long block party planned for Sunday, encourages residents to re-imagine the historic street.
(Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)

Area residents are encouraged to bike, walk or ride the bus toward Beach Boulevard Sunday and enjoy street festivals in seven cities dotting one of Orange County’s most famous thoroughfares.

The “Meet on Beach” event will close sections of the bustling boulevard between La Habra and Huntington Beach so visitors can enjoy a 21-mile block party along historic State Route 39. The event will culminate in Huntington’s Municipal Parking Lot, where Beach meets Pacific Coast Highway.

Since opening in 1934, Beach Boulevard has beenone of Orange County’s most iconic and heavily traveled streets,cutting north-south through multiple communities, including La Habra, Westminster, Buena Park, Garden Grove, Stanton, Anaheim and Huntington Beach.

The Renew Beach Boulevard Coalition, which is seeking to improve economic activity along Beach, and the Southern California Assn. of Governments are sponsoring the event. The government association is making the festival part of its Go Human campaign, which aims to reduce traffic accidents by encouraging walking and biking.

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 A drone image of Beach Boulevard in Buena Park, which includes Knott’s Berry Farm.
A drone image of Buena Park’s stretch of Beach Boulevard, which includes Knott’s Berry Farm.
(Courtesy of Meet on Beach)

The festival will include live music by the Ramsey Brothers Band, food trucks, a BMX bike demonstration, a Huntington Beach police bicycle rodeo and an endurance course. A 65-inch television set donated by Beach Boulevard of Cars will be raffled.

Residents who pledge to ride OC Bus to the event will get a free day pass when they sign up at ocbus.com/beach

IF YOU GO

What: “Meet on Beach”

Where: Huntington Beach Municipal Parking Lot at Beach Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway.

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When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Cost: Free.

Information: www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/meetonbeach

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