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July 4th and 5th

Save Our Shores Star Spangled Holiday Relief, July 4th Holiday Relief Weekend

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Every year, thousands of beachgoers visit Monterey Bay beaches to celebrate the birth of our nation. Unfortunately, the celebration often results in tons of trash littering our shores. That’s where Save Our Shores Holiday Relief Program comes in. To prevent waste from entering the ocean and harming wildlife, Save Our Shores is hosting pollution prevention outreach at Hotspot beaches across the Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties¬†and organizing our¬†popular Star Spangled Cleanup the morning after July 4th.

Last year, 252 volunteers removed 2,489lbs of trash from 11 heavily visited beaches & handed out 1,942 trash bags.


You can also help prevent unnecessary & harmful pollution from entering the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary by following these 5 simple tips:

Save Our Save Litter-Free Holiday Tips


By reminding beachgoers to enjoy their holiday responsibly, Save Our Shores has seen a significant reduction in beach pollution at Hotspot beaches. Last year, a team of 32 volunteers handed out 1,942 trash bags at 6 heavily visited beaches along in the Monterey Bay. In just four hours, the group spoke to 5,247 beachgoers about the impact of beach pollution, as well as offered tips for a litter-free holiday. You can help!

Date Venue Name Meet-Up Location Time
July 4th Cowell and Main Beach, with Emma from Save Our Shores Same as cleanup location 12- 4pm
July 4th Del Monte City Beach, with Matt from Save Our Shores Same as cleanup information 12 -4pm



Date Venue Name Meet-Up Location Time
July 5th Del Monte City Beach, with Sanctuary Steward Aide Rodriguez Check-in will be located at the base of Wharf # 2. This beach is also known as Municipal Beach. 9-11am
July 5th Asilomar State Beach with Sanctuary Stewards Mike and Karen Gunby Check-in will be located at the main entrance to the beach at the crosswalk from the Asilomar Conference Center. 9-11am
July 5th Carmel City Beach, with Lauren Banner from Lovers of Carmel Beach Carmel Beach City Park along the coastal-end of Ocean Avenue 9-11am



Date Venue Name Meet-Up Location Time
July 2nd Davenport Main Beach with Save Our Shores Sanctuary Stewards At the parking lot across from Whale City Bakery 9-11am
July 5th Davenport Main Beach with Matt from Save Our Shores At the parking lot across from Whale City Bakery 9-11am
July 5th Panther State Beach with 4th Surf City BPSA Scouts End of the Parking Lot at the top of the Trail head 9-12pm
July 5th Natural Bridges State Beach, with Emma from Save Our Shores Check-in located in the main parking area for Natural Bridges Beach near the Natural Bridges Visitors Center. Bathrooms and drinking fountains available. 9-11am
July 5th Cowell and Main Beach, with Ryan from Save Our Shores Check-in will be located down on Cowell Beach right off from the Cowell Beach parking lot. There are bathrooms and drinking fountains available. Volunteers will be sent to clean both Cowell Beach and Main Beach. 9-11am
July 5th Seabright Beach, with the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History Adopt-A-Beach Check-in located near the main entrance to Seabright Beach right off of East Cliff Drive across from the Natural History Museum. Bathrooms and drinking fountains available. 9-11am
July 5th Corcoran Lagoon at 21st Ave with Sanctuary Steward Mary Scheller   Same as location 9-11am
July 5th Hidden Beach, Fay Levinson with Rio Del Mar Improvement Association Adopt-A-Beach Check-in will be located at the end of Cliff Dr. at the entrance of Hidden Beach Playground 9-11am
July 5th Sunset State Beach with Elevate Addiction Adopt-A- Beach The first parking lot right behind the Ranger Kiosk 9-11 am



2017 English Beach Cleanup Waiver

2017 Spanish Beach Cleanup Waiver


Save Our Shores thanks our supporting partners, sponsors, Sanctuary Stewards and site captains that make our July 4th Holiday Relief Program possible: 


We love clean beaches, rivers and sloughs. That’s why we run more than 365 cleanups every year! While our cleanups¬†are free for all, we‚Äôre a small yet mighty nonprofit that runs on community support.¬†Donations¬†help us to keep bringing our amazing cleanup program to you!


All cleanup materials will be provided, but we encourage volunteers to bring reusable buckets, gloves, and water bottles (staying hydrated is important) to help reduce waste. Individuals and groups welcome. For questions, please email cleanup(at)