Fourth Festivities in Newport

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Youngsters will take to the air in the sack races at the 2nd Annual Fourth of July Is for Families parade and community festival on the Peninsula.

From the Bangles on stage to toddlers in red-, white- and blue-bedecked wagons, the Fourth of July in Newport Beach runs the gamut of fun, food and patriotism. Here is a rundown of some of the events planned around town to say, “Happy Birthday, USA!”

– Independence Day on the Bay, featuring the Bangles and a fireworks spectacular, at Newport Dunes. Gates open 7 a.m. Music, food, games and activities throughout the day, with the Bangles taking the stage at 7:15 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. For details, visit

– 2nd Annual Fourth of July Is for Families, on the Balboa Peninsula, featuring the Bike & Dog Parade at 9 a.m. beginning at 38th Street Park and the free Community Festival beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Channel Place Park. For details, visit or call 949-644-3151.

– 40th Annual Independence Day Family Celebration at Mariners Park. The event begins with a bicycle parade at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Mariners Drive and Commodore. The parade will be followed by opening ceremonies and a community carnival at Mariners Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

– “King of the Kobe” eating contest at Rudy’s Pub & Grill at noon – a race to see who can eat the most burgers in 8 minutes. For details, call 949-723-0293.

– Old Glory Boat Parade in Newport Harbor, starting at 1 p.m. For boater registration information, a map of the parade route and more information, visit

– Fourth of July BBQ at the Coliseum Pool and Villas Pool at Pelican Hill Resort. For information, email [email protected].

– “July 4 Spectacular,” featuring fireworks, the music of the Eagles and a tribute to John Williams, will be performed by the Pacific Symphony in the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre beginning at 8 p.m. For details, call 714-755-5799 or visit

… And, the day after:

– Food Truck Wars at Newport Dunes. Gates open 8 a.m. Food trucks and beer garden open at 3 p.m. For details, visit


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