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.
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
For Assistance on July 4
Newport Beach Police Department
City July 4 Planning Information
Sgt. Adam Dudash
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.
There are a number of community-oriented activities that occur on the Fourth of July such as:
- 11th Annual 4th of July is for Families Newport Peninsula Bike Parade and Festival from 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
- 49th Annual Mariners Park Independence Day Parade and Celebration from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
- The American Legion’s Old Glory Boat Parade in Newport Harbor from 1 - 3:30 p.m.
- The Condor Squadron WWII North American AT-6 Coastal Flyover at approximately 5:35 p.m.
- Fireworks Extravaganza at the Newport Dunes at 9 p.m.
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 RemindersResidents 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
- West & Central Newport Beach holiday information
- City Hall will be closed on Monday, July 4.
- No street sweeping on Monday, July 4.