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Life's A Beach This Holiday Weekend

This weekend at Santa Monica Beach (Photo by J-Easy via the LAist Featured Photos pool)
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Are you one of the many, many locals opting to beat the holiday heat with a sojourn by the shore? Well, take a number--our beaches have been crazy busy this weekend. How busy? According to officials, an estimated one million people showed to to Los Angeles County beaches on Saturday and the same on Sunday.

If you're headed to Santa Monica's shoreline today, you might want to take some time to check out their new "interactive" trash cans--besides tossing in your trash and helping keep things clean you can use your mobile phone to capture a QR code that takes you to a fun site for sharing your beach experiences.

Before you go, though, you might want to double check the Natural Resources Defense Council's rankings for beach water cleanliness; 11% of California's beaches saw an increase in pollution since last year. For more beach safety info, see which beaches made the grade on the recently-released Heal the Bay annual report card.

We don't blame you, though, if you want to beat the inland heat on this 4th of July by staking out a space on the sand; the weather at area beaches should be in the mid-70s today.