Newport’s 4th of July: Everything You Need in One Spot

You’ll probably want to share this comprehensive post with your friends– the 4th of July is just one week away!

What: Old Glory Boat Parade (American Legion)
Where: Newport Harbor
When: 1pm to 3:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
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:
What: Independence Day on the Back Bay, with 3 bands, a beer garden, and fireworks
Where: Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, 1131 Back Bay Drive
When: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. — two hours longer than last year!
Admission: $50 per car
Details: Food and live music start at 2 p.m. A beer and wine garden pass is $40. Fireworks start at 9 p.m.
Information: or (800) 765-7661
What: Newport Beach Bike Parade
Where: Balboa Blvd & 36th St
When: 9 a.m. to 11:30am
Admission: free
Details: Starts at 9am and ends at a free festival including carnival games, jump houses, arts & crafts and food. Participants are encouraged to decorate bikes, scooters, wagons and strollers and to bring their dogs on leashes.
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, last year was the first time they charged, at $15– but no text on the site about this year’s admissions)
Details: At the festival, there will be food for sale, and wristbands available for purchase that will allow participation in games and activities.

SECTION 2: Fireworks
Fireworks will begin here in Newport (Back Bay) and at surrounding cities at around 9pm.  Get to a high spot in order to have the best viewing.  From Balboa Peninsula, you can see the fireworks from at least 6 cities at a position of just 2 stories up.

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 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 seventh 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 several years.  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 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:

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:

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” will be operating on the 4th, but don’t expect that behemoth to be able to navigate in or out of traffic at anything faster than the speed of tectonic plates.

SECTION 5: Dogs 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.

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 last year: “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.  So even if you aren’t doing anything wrong– be safe out there!

But most of all: ENJOY THE 4TH!!!!




About Mike Glenn

Mike is the founder and publisher of Save Newport and Chair of Government Relations for the Elks Lodge. He writes, shoots photos, and edits, but much of the time, he's just "the IT guy". He can be reached at: Google+, Facebook, or via email, at