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7 Fourth of July Festivities & Firework Shows in Newport Beach 

June 13, 2024

The weather is heating up, and summer is officially here! If you’re raring to go and ready for some Fourth of July fun, the sun-soaked city of Newport Beach is ready to celebrate. With a variety of Independence Day events on the books—from festive firework displays to patriotic parades—there’s no shortage of red, white and blue entertainment this year! With that said, we’ve rounded up seven ways to celebrate the Fourth of July 2024 in Newport Beach!

The Old Glory Boat Parade

For a taste of tradition this Fourth, join the festivities of the American Legion Yacht Club’s Old Glory Boat Parade! This is a time-honored annual event where boat owners decorate their vessels in red, white and blue for a cruise around Newport Harbor. If you own a boat of your own, you can dress it up to compete for a chance to win awards like “Best Decorated,” “Best Music” and “Best Theme.” For those who prefer to watch the action, snag a seat on the sand and wave as the fleet cruises by starting at 1 p.m.

Independence Day on the Back Bay

On the hunt for a full day of family fun? Head to Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina for their annual Independence Day on the Back Bay celebration! Reserve your parking space and enjoy a day full of Fourth of July festivities, including access to food trucks, live musical performances, water sport and electric boat rentals and a dazzling firework show! DJ yo-b1 will spin beats from 3-5 p.m., followed by a performance of oldies, classic rock and top 40’s hits from The Class from 5-8 p.m. This all-day event starts bright and early at 8 a.m. and wraps up after the firework show.

13th Annual: 4th of July is for Families

Another local Fourth of July favorite, the 13th Annual: 4th of July is for Families bike parade and festival is a great way to get outside and be a part of the community’s festivities. Put on your best red, white and blue ensemble and hop on a bike, scooter or skateboard for a ride down the Balboa Peninsula. The parade begins at 9 a.m. at the cross-section between W. Balboa Boulevard and 36th Street—pups are welcome too! The festival portion is set to take place at Channel Place Park from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and will feature carnival games, arts and crafts, lawn games, music and food for sale.

Fourth of July Poolside Celebration at Pendry Newport Beach

A hub for celebration and social gatherings, Pendry Newport Beach is the place to be this Fourth of July! This year, the hotel is pulling out all the stops by hosting one of summer’s biggest celebrations. Ring in the Fourth of July with a festive, family-friendly day full of smoky BBQ bites, live music, summer-inspired cocktails and more. This poolside party is one you won’t want to miss!

Newport Beach Red White and Blue Bar Crawl

For those who are 21+ and looking for a good time by the beach, don’t miss the Newport Beach Red White and Blue Bar Crawl! This annual Independence Day pub tour is sure to satisfy all your “red, white and brew” cravings. Hit some of Newport Beach‘s best bars and enjoy exclusive deals on drinks and specialty themed beverages. Check-in for this event will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 6. Note: there will be no cover charges, and there will also be a free after-party!

Independence Day Celebration Package at VEA Newport Beach

For a birds-eye view of the fireworks show this year, book the Independence Day Celebration Package at VEA Newport Beach! Available for stays between July 2-7, this seasonal offer gives you a front-row view to the fireworks show along with a $50 food and beverage credit per day. Toast to freedom and the USA! This exclusive package can be booked on VEA’s website using code YQ1. See you there!

Fire Up the Grill

No Independence Day is complete without some good ‘ol American BBQ. Pick up a few fresh cuts from Arc Butcher & Baker in the historic Cannery Village or The Butchery in Crystal Cove. Each of these carnivore havens offers an assortment of tasty meats like locally made sausages, ground beef patties, ribeyes and all-natural pork and poultry. So whether you’re hosting a backyard BBQ or heading to the beach for a bonfire with family and friends, nothing beats a delicious spread of smoked meats.

Written by Visit Newport Beach

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