Ask the Expert: Fourth of July Traditions


The Fourth of July is an exciting time to live in the beach cities! This summer holiday, which celebrates our independence, also gives residents the chance to participate in some longstanding traditions. What says home more than traditions and lasting memories? Here are some of the great festivities that locals can enjoy and count on for a lifetime of memories.

Newport Beach Independence Day on the Bay at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

This year, guests can enjoy a day on the beach and then wrap up the night with some of the best pyrotechnics around. There will be live music starting at 2:30 p.m. by DSB (Tribute to Journey), SantanaWays (Tribute to Santana), and Fortunate Sons (Tribute to Credence Clearwater Revival), plus live DJ’s. Also on tap, guests can expect fun activities for all members of the family to enjoy plus food trucks and a full bar. It’s free to attend, but for VIP seating, you can expect to shell out $60-$100 per person. Parking is $50 per car.

Mariner’s Park Independence Day Parade and Celebration

March on over to this patriotic parade, which starts at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Commodore and Mariners Drive. Following the parade until 1:30 p.m., there will be free entertainment, games, inflatable attractions, a rock wall, face painting and more. Food will also be available from Chronic Tacos, Sgt. Pepperoni’s, TK Burgers and Maui Ice.

Old Glory Boat Parade

The American Legion Yacht Club will be hosting a boat parade to pay tribute on this Fourth of July. From 1-3:30 p.m., parade-goers can watch the boats make their way through the Newport Harbor, starting from Collins Island. The theme of the parade is “United We Stand,” and many of the boats will be decorated to show off their red, white and blue pride.

Laguna Beach Fireworks Show

At approximately 9 p.m., the highly anticipated fireworks show will kick off from Monument Point at Heisler Park. Arrive early and consider using the city trolleys, as parking will be tight.

How do you celebrate Independence Day? Do you have any memories or customs worth sharing in the area? Whatever you do, make sure to have a safe and happy Fourth of July.

By Holly McDonald

Holly Schwartz McDonald is a Realtor with Villa Real Estate who lives in Newport Beach and has been featured on HGTV’s hit show, “House Hunters.” She can be reached at with comments and story ideas.