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For Immediate Release: 6/30/2015

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California State Parks Welcomes Visitors for July Fourth Holiday Weekend


Dennis Weber

Communications Office

(916) 651-8724


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California State Parks expect to be busy this Fourth of July weekend. The majority of state park campgrounds are already sold out, particularly along the coastal areas and at many historic sites.  

With fabulous parks and historic sites across the state, Californians have great options for celebrating the Fourth of July holiday, and State Parks wants to remind them to be safe, and familiarize themselves with some do’s and don’ts. Check out our list of the top 15 Fourth of July tips for park visitors including:

  • Heat Precautions – With triple digit temperatures predicted in some locations, take precautions against heat by staying hydrated and avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun.
  • Swim Responsibly - When cooling off, beach users should stay in designated swim areas and be alert for rip currents and sneaker waves.
  • Keep Connected - For any updates on State Parks, please visit our website, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

People searching for campsite availability should look inland to some of California’s state parks and reservoirs. Available sites for this popular weekend can be viewed on the department’s website. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance of the day of arrival so book now.

For more information on Fourth of July events at parks and historic sites across the state, visit our Calendar of Events at

There are 279 State Parks in California, with about 115 of them offering camping. There are roughly 15,000 state park campsites in California, with about 11,000 of those on the reservation system. The rest are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.  An average of more than 70 million people visits California state parks every year. 

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California State Parks provides for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high quality outdoor recreation.