If you have come to the Monterey Peninsula to celebrate Independence Day Weekend, welcome! To celebrate the 4th of July, here are some local tips on how to enjoy our nation’s independence while you’re visiting:
There are no firework shows scheduled, and fireworks are not allowed. Call us crazy, but the California drought has put people on the edge when it comes to errant sparks from fireworks setting buildings on fire. If you were planning for a fireworks show, sorry to disappoint you, but there will not be any in the foreseeable future in Monterey. If you must see a fireworks show, head over to Salinas, or to the Bay Area.
Spend the day on our beaches. Del Monte Beach is the most popular beach over July 4th weekend. You’ll see many families and groups of friends parked on the beach with tents, beach chairs, sand castle building tools, beach balls, etc. We want you to have fun, but we ask you to please use sunscreen, pack your trash, and leave the beach looking better than you found it. Trash that gets into the water causes harm to our sea life, so please pack your trash!
Take a scenic walk along the recreation trail. Our recreation trail stretches all the way from Castroville to Pebble Beach. If you love long walks, jogs, and bike rides, travel our rec trail and take in our beautiful scenery.
Take a drive to Big Sur. If you love scenic drives, you’re going to love driving Highway 1 from Carmel to Big Sur. Be sure to fill your gas tank before you hit the road, and pack your camera. Gas down in Big Sur is more expensive than the gas found in town. There are many beautiful vistas you’ll want to capture on your camera. Be extra careful as you drive Hwy. 1, for there are many blind corners. Bonus points if you keep driving all the way down Hwy. 1 to Hearst Castle.
If you plan a drive along Hwy. 1, or feel like heading to the SF Bay Area to see one of their fireworks shows, we encourage you to be extra safe during this holiday weekend. If you want to make certain your car is in great shape, we invite you to Robert’s Collision & Repair before Independence Day Weekend so we can service it and repair it as needed. We are located at 234 Ramona Avenue in Monterey, California, which is just a few miles away from Seaside, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, Sand City, Del Rey Oaks, Carmel, and Marina. Contact us to schedule an appointment.