Fourth of July Information

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In Newport Beach, the Fourth of July is For Families

Newport Beach welcomes visitors on July 4 and encourages safe, fun, family friendly celebrations. Here you will find information about traffic, parking and more to help with your holiday planning. 

Happy 4th of July


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Fireworks of all types are illegal in Newport Beach. To report the illegal use of fireworks, call the Police Department's non-emergency line (949-644-3717) only if you know the exact location.


Please Drive Safely

The Police Department recommends that you prepare in advance for a safe ride home and strongly encourages you to arrange for a sober driver in advance of any holiday celebrations.


News Media Inquiries
(on July 4)

Heather Rangel,
Press Information Officer
Newport Beach Police Department | 949-644-3662


For Assistance on July 4 

Newport Beach Police Department
949-644-3717 |
For a life-threatening emergency,
call 911.


City July 4 Planning Information

Sgt. Sabrina Fabbri
Newport Beach Police Department | 949-644-3681

Traffic and Parking 

Due to the large crowds that come to Newport Beach to celebrate the holiday, please remember to observe all posted traffic control, this includes red lights and stop signs, and give way to pedestrians and bicyclists.Traditionally, traffic going onto the Balboa Peninsula is heavily congested on the holiday. Visitors to this area should arrive early in the day to find legal parking. 

Holiday Activities 

There are a number of community-oriented activities that occur on the Fourth of July such as:

Holiday Crowds

In years past, crowds on the Balboa Peninsula have led the City to enact more stringent policies to disband unruly parties and address rowdy behavior to help provide a more enjoyable holiday for everyone. Please visit West Newport/Balboa Peninsula Holiday Information to learn about the City's important Fourth of July public safety procedures for this area of the city.

Important Reminders

Residents and visitors are reminded of important City regulations:
  • Fireworks Prohibited - It is illegal to possess or use fireworks in Newport Beach. This includes “safe and sane” fireworks such as fountains and sparklers that can be purchased in nearby cities. Do not call 911 to report "seeing" or "hearing" fireworks. If you know the know the exact location of the source of the fireworks, call the Police Department's non-emergency number, 949-644-3717, to make a report.
  • Loud and Unruly Gatherings Ordinance - Property owners and/or party hosts are responsible for the conduct of their guest. Loud and raucous parties requiring a police response could result in citation or arrest of those present and/or fines for both property owners and tenants.
  • Alcoholic Beverages Prohibited in Public Areas - Possessing open containers or drinking alcoholic beverages on streets, sidewalks, or other public areas is prohibited. Violators are subject to citation or arrest.
  • Water Balloons, Squirt Guns and Garden Hoses - Throwing water balloons or spraying water at pedestrians, bicyclists, or vehicles is illegal. Violators are subject to citation or arrest.
  • Fines Tripled - All fines are tripled in the West Newport Beach Safety Enhancement Zone.
  • Additional Information

On behalf of the City of Newport Beach, we wish you a happy, fun and
safe Independence Day.

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