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With the 4th of July not to far away, I thought I’d share how I view the fireworks at Pismo….

I used to stay far away from Pismo on the 4th, but for the past few years I’ve been watching the fireworks right at the pier. There is nothing like being right there. So what I do is go down to the Pismo Outlet Center about 8:15-8:30. There is never a problem finding a place to park. From there I follow everyone else as we walk over to downtown Pismo.

I usually then find a spot to stand on the boardwalk between the Pier and the SandCastle Inn. This also allows me to watch the crazies letting off fireworks on the beach before the big show starts. When the show starts, it really doesn’t matter where you’re at as you’ll see them from anywhere by just looking UP! The show starts around 9 pm.

At the end of the fireworks, I again follow the stream of people walking away from downtown. There are plenty of people walking back to the Outlets with you. I’d recommend bringing a small flashlight if you wish to light up the path in front of your feet, just to make sure you don’t trip on something. Once back, you can get back in your car and not worry about traffic.

If you go yourself, look for me on the boardwalk. I’ll be the one wearing fireworks glasses (which makes a prism effect when they go off). Pretty cool!!

Written by Keith Byrd - Go to Keith's Website/Profile