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Newport Beach 4th of July

July 3, 2013

Newport Beach is awesome around the holidays.

The Fourth of July is one of those great events where the community comes together, and people flock to Newport Beach trying to experience the pride we share every day.

Many will barbecue, have picnics, or celebrate with family. People will congregate on patios and balconies.

So what are you doing for the fourth? What’s your favorite event on the fourth? Do you go all out or do you just enjoy being surrounded by family and friends at home?

If you aren’t celebrating in the neighborhood or hosting a Fourth of July party, there are several family-friendly events in our city.

Food, music, and massive fireworks show serve as the entertainment at the Independence Day at the Bay at the Newport Dunes Marina and Waterfront Resort.

There are plenty of cool kids activities at the Kids Corral, an area full of inflatable attractions, craft stations, face painting, snow cones, and water balloons.

The music starts at 3:00 with Black Star, followed by Carlos the Experience at 4:30, the Mockers, a Beatles tribute band at 6:00 and then the featured artist, America from 7:30 to 9:30.

A killer fireworks show launches as soon as the last chord has been played.

Tickets are $200 for VIP, which includes valet parking, four wristbands, butler seating bar service, and preferred concert seating access to the OC Register Connect Beer and Wine Garden and two drink coupons. Access ticket and parking is available for $80 and includes four wristbands and self-parking. For tickets to the event visit http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4987614088.

If you like celebrating your patriotism on the water, you’ll want to launch your craft and take part in the Old Glory Boat Parade at 12:30pm in Newport Harbor.

The event is California’s largest and one of the nation’s longest running patriotic boat parades, with more than 100 red, white, and blue-bedecked vessels participating.

The best thing about this parade is that it is absolutely free!

You can watch the Old Glory Boat Parade from public beaches, docks and boardwalks throughout the scenic harbor area. The American Legion Yacht Club sponsors this event and the parade is part of an all-day festival at the American Legion Post 291 located at 215 East 15th Street in Newport Beach.

Start your day with a pancake breakfast from 7-11am and a BBQ lunch and dinner from 12-5pm with live music and dancing from 1-5pm.

You can combine your patriotism and your need for a little cardio with the bike celebration at Mariners Park.

If you live in this community you’ve seen some wild looking wagons and decked out bikes! The bicycle parade begins at the intersection of Mariners Drive and Commodore Drive and proceeds to Mariners Park.

Families can enjoy games, activities, food, entertainment and attractions for a fee and all the proceeds benefit Mariners Elementary School.

Visit Newport Beach wishes you and your family a very happy Fourth of July and you can share with us here how you celebrate. Don’t forget to reach out to us on our facebook page, www.facebook.com/visitnewportbeach or on twitter at @newportbeach.

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