Calling for an end to the Marshmallow War


Another beautiful OB summer is just around the corner. With the warm weather, gorgeous natural scenery, and OB’s classic beach-town vibe, tourists and locals alike will soon be flocking to our shores.

That’s why it is so important for the OB community to always put our best foot forward and keep our visitors coming back year after year. The 4th of July is one of those days when we have the opportunity to show off all that OB has to offer to thousands of tourists. However, over the last few years, we have seen first-hand the trouble caused by the unregulated tradition of the “marshmallow war” after the fireworks show.

Last year, the Ocean Beach Town Council responded to an overwhelming call from OB residents and business owners to put an end to the “war.” Residents asked the Town Council to take action because bystanders – including a child and a senior citizen — were injured in the melee, businesses were damaged, and more than 2,000 pounds of trash were left behind on the beach and Veterans Plaza. The cleanup cost thousands of dollars and the negative publicity lasted for days. Our resolution calling for an end to the “war” passed by unanimous vote.

OBTC Resolution

Read the official resolution passed unanimously by the Ocean Beach Town Council.

Morning-after mess clean-up

Although the notorious Marshmallow War has been cancelled, please lend a hand in keeping our community — and environment —clean. Join us and Surfrider Foundation – San Diego Chapter to help cleanup our community the morning after 4th of July festivities!

Support Local Businesses That Take the Pledge

Please support businesses that promote the beautification and betterment of Ocean Beach by signing the Mallow Out Pledge and agreeing not to sell marshmallows before — or on — the Fourth of July. Visit our Facebook page for a list of local businesses that have taken the pledge.