Newport Beach Fourth of July Celebration – or How to Have a Safe & Sane 4th from the Right Side of the Bars

Newport Beach is a great place to spend the Fourth of July though it’s important to understand the ins and outs of a terrific celebration.

Newport Beach Fourth of July

When I was younger, much farther back than I may want to admit, Newport Beach had fewer rules for Fourth of July.  Every year, we lit off fireworks in front of my grandparents’ home on the beach on the Newport Peninsula with dueling cannons booming from both ends of the block.

I thought that was a good as it could get.  Then, as I got older, I discovered that there was another side to Newport Beach’s Fourth of July celebration, party after party along Seashore.

Along the way, I learned a few things, some the hard way, some by observation.

Given all of the changes that have come over the intervening years, I wanted to share some wisdom for those about to embark on the Newport Peninsula/Seashore celebration.


Do have a great time.

Do meet new friends.

Do enjoy the beautiful weather and a beautiful beach.

Do ride your bike.  It’s a much easier way to get around on the 4th.

Do enjoy the fireworks at the Dunes.


Don’t drink in public streets, beach, etc.. When they say no alcohol in public, they mean it!  Don’t mess around.  It’s just not worth it!  Stay at the party, and enjoy it there. 

Don’t set off fireworks in Newport Beach. Alhough fireworks are legal in Costa Mesa, they are not legal in Newport Beach.  From 12:01 am Saturday until 3:00 am Sunday, most of the Peninsula will have fines and citations tripled.  This zone runs from PCH and the ocean on the north and south to 54th Street on the west, and 32nd Street and Newport Boulevard on the east. 

Newport Beach Fourth of July

Don’t try to drive on to the Peninsula. In an effort to contain the fun, the Peninsula is closed to vehicle traffic from PCH to 32nd Street for eastbound traffic.  The closure begins at noon on 4th of July.  So, if you’re planning on heading down that way, get there early, or better yet, grab your bike and get some exercise and sun as you enjoy another great Newport Beach Fourth of July.

The rules may have gotten a bit more stringent over the years, but I still think Newport is the place to be if you want to have a rocking Fourth of July at the beach.

Have fun!  And, I’d love to hear how it went for you; so, drop me a line and let me know.


For more Orange County Fourth of July events, see:

Costa Mesa Fireworks

Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade

Newport Shores Fourth of July


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