You’ll probably want to share this comprehensive post with your friends– the 4th of July is just one week away!
This year, fireworks were cancelled by the city of Newport Beach, and therefore the Back Bay celebration, too. But from the sounds of the evenings, citizens are well-stocked enough to be able to launch their own fireworks shows at the traditional 9pm starting time.
This year the 4th of July is missing some traditional elements. Many of these events have been scaled back or outright cancelled due to the Coronavirus. The Newport Beach Bike Parade has also gone unlisted as an event. But fret not, here are the good vibes happening around the city, so you can get your freedom on:
SECTION 1: EVENTS
What: Old Glory Boat Parade (American Legion)
Where: Newport Harbor
When: 1pm to 3:30 p.m.
Details: This patriotic-themed parade will start off Collins Island and proceed throughout Newport Harbor. A Harbor Patrol fire boat will lead close to 100 decorated boats through the harbor. The event sponsor is the American Legion Yacht Club.
Participate! Decorate your own boat and participate without any registration fee– just be sure to register here: https://alyc.com/event-3669764
What: Mariners Park Independence Day Parade & Celebration
Where: The corner of Commodore & Mariners Drive (1300 Irvine Ave)
When: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30pm
Admission: No data (yes, two years was the first time they charged, at $15– but no text on the site about this year’s admissions)
Details: From their website “Celebrate July 4th in the park at this family-friendly event. Enjoy music, games, inflatable attractions, a rock wall and more after the parade!”
SECTION 2: Fireworks
Fireworks are cancelled this year, officially. I guess that means Newport Beach residents will be picking up the slack for others. If you intend on using illegal fireworks, please remember that a few older places (like in West Newport) still have thatch roofs. This is a fire hazard for falling debris. Please use common sense, especially if you are lighting them off at 9pm with everyone else.
NOTE: For people who have fireworks, remember that Newport Beach has banned responsible adults who want to celebrate the birthday of the Land of The Free using fireworks, even including things like sparklers, so be careful out there.
SECTION 3: Police in the War Zone
The police will once again be using a Show of Force on Balboa this year, in an attempt to stop what Diane Dixon describes as “inappropriate celebrations”. This will now be the eighth year of the roads NOT being shut down. Expect that there will be a continuing effort to erode and destroy over 100 years of traditional street celebration on Balboa. Do you think it is appropriate to allow cars to drive through tens of thousands of people– most of who probably have had a drink or two (or three)? I believe this is one of the most irresponsible actions our city has taken over the last decade. We ALL know what happens on those roads, and we need to close them for the safety of everyone. Have your voice heard and email firstname.lastname@example.org to let our city know. This is a huge safety issue being completely ignored in order to accomplish a political agenda.
SECTION 4: Drunk Driving & Parking
If you are coming to Balboa Peninsula, consider riding in an Uber, Lyft, or cab. The police will be out, the drunk drivers will be out, and the parking will be absolutely atrocious (it already is).
New users of Lyft can use our code of “SAVENEWPORT” and it will pay for the whopping first $50 of your fare!
You can download Lyft here: https://www.lyft.com/invited/SAVENEWPORT
New users of Uber can use our code of “Uber4Newport” and it will pay for the first $15 of your fare.
You can download Uber here: https://get.uber.com/invite/uber4newport
You can call a Yellow Cab OC, at 714-999-9999 (MAKE NOTE: 18004mytaxi is no longer working)
Remember, the Downtowner has been run out of business by Councilwoman Diane Dixon’s “trolley” (aka: public bus) idea, so don’t rely on them. Dixon’s “trolley”, ironically, will NOT be operating on the 4th or any time this summer, because unlike the Downtowner, there is no way to “socially distance” a busload of people.
SECTION 5: Dogs and Fireworks
THUNDERSHIRTS: If you have a dog, I cannot recommend more highly the Thundershirt to keep them calm from the noise of fireworks on the 4th. I don’t know why being constricted and wearing shirts has a comforting effect on dogs when they hear loud noises– but it does! If you buy them online (look at Amazon or eBay) you can have them by the time the fireworks really hit.
CBD: This once-shunned miracle treatment is rumored to work with dogs too, reducing anxiety and joint pain. If you choose to go this route, please let us know, as we’d love some confirmation on this treatment!
SECTION 6: Supplies
Stock up!!! If you live on the Islands or on Balboa, you know parking spots will be gone this day– even if you wanted to brave the traffic– so use services like Drizly to deliver alcohol, PostMates, Uber Eats, GrubHub, or Doordash for food, or many other services which are springing up throughout Newport. Or, if it comes down to it, simply call a ridesharing company to help you get to and from the store. But tip ’em big, because instead of you sitting in 4th of July traffic, it’s them– and that’s no fun!
SECTION 7: Fines
According to the OCRegister in prior years: “Citations for open container, igniting fireworks and public urination will cost more as will the town’s most prevalent summer offense: illegal parking. Examples of car-related wallet damage: If a driver blocks a driveway or a fire hydrant, normally $55, it will cost at least $165. Parking at a red curb will cost $234 instead of the usual $78. And parking in a Newport Beach handicapped spot? $1,353. Additionally, a tow away could cost a lot of dough: a minimum of $264, according to the two companies that haul illegally parked cars from Newport Beach.”
In a blatant violation of the 14th Amendment, these fines are tripled on the 4th of July only in the “Safety Enhancement Zone”. But hey– we can fight that battle on July 5th. For now, let’s celebrate the spirit that our country was founded in, rather than where it is today.
Finally, police from other cities will be enforcing out here, and they don’t know the area, the laws, the customs, or the people. Year after year, there are dozens of reports about overly-aggressive police from other cities ticketing and even attacking people from Newport Beach who are obeying the law and literally doing nothing wrong– oftentimes even while on their own property. So even if you aren’t doing anything wrong– be safe out there!
But most of all: ENJOY THE 4TH!!!!