Defiant residents didn’t let beach lockdowns ruin July 4th celebrations

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Most beaches in Southern California were closed for the Fourth of July, coming after Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a major rollback in response to an increase in the number of coronavirus cases.

But Southern Californians had their own ideas about that.

The governor ordered the closures of numerous businesses across 19 counties, for at least three weeks. Restaurants, bars, wineries and tasting rooms were affected, along with other entertainment facilities. Napa County, where Newsom owns a winery and tasting room, was one of the counties excluded.

In addition, Newsom closed parking lots at state beaches in Southern California and the Bay Area ahead of the 4th of July weekend, as well as state beaches in counties where local authorities closed local beaches.

But with the summer’s largest south swell slamming the shore, as the Orange County Register reported, surfers were determined to Hang Ten. And they were far from alone.

“Most beaches were clear of holiday revelers hoping to post up on the sand early Saturday,” the paper reported. “A hard closure was put in place by authorities for most of the Orange County and Los Angeles County coast to keep crowds away because of a spike in coronavirus cases in recent weeks.”

Not that authorities didn’t try to keep folks away — more from the Register:

Police and lifeguards spent the morning shoo’ing away people on the sand and calling surfers out of the water, but at the busiest surf spots including Malibu, Doheny State Beach, the Wedge in Newport Beach and a few other of California’s prime surf locals, the rumble of the waves must have been too loud for them to hear authorities’ warnings. […]

A big crowd gathered early morning down the beach at the famous Wedge, lining the sand as 15-foot waves and even some 25-foot sets slammed the shore. Many people left after being kicked off by authorities, with a helicopter making announcements from the air. A handful of surfers and bodyboarders remained in the water through the morning scoring a few building-size, foamy waves.


Speaking of the Wedge, the newspaper wasn’t kidding about the great waves.

However, as noted above, and shared by the social media user posting the videos above, police would eventually shut down the area.

But there were other ways for Americans to celebrate Independence Day, even as the hate-filled left stomped on and burned Old Glory.

One such was a boat parade.

Unfortunately, the day got much worse than just being shooed off the beach, as the big waves brought with it flooding when high tide rolled in.




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