American Legion Post 291 Newport Harbor to hold July 4th Weekend Celebration with exciting festivities planned

American Legion Post 291, a stalwart pillar of community service and support for veterans in Newport Beach and surrounding areas, has announced their centennial celebration in honor of 100 years of unwavering dedication to enriching the lives of local veterans.

Established on April 24, 1924, American Legion Post 291 has stood as a beacon of camaraderie, advocacy for veterans’ rights and provision of essential resources to those who have bravely served our nation. Over the past century, the Post has played a vital role in fostering a sense of belonging among veterans, advocating tirelessly for their rights at all levels of government, and raising awareness about the unique challenges those have served.

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Photos courtesy of American Legion Post 291/ALYC

“Fairwind,” skippered by Tim Bercovitz, won for Best Wooden Classic in a previous Old Glory Boat Parade

This monumental milestone will be celebrated over the July 4th holiday weekend, from July 4-6, with a diverse range of activities and events for the community to participate in.

Schedule of Events:

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Young Guns, an acclaimed international country rock band, are the headliners

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M Street, a high-energy cover/dance will be playing your favorite tunes from the ‘60s to current numbers

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The Beat 5 will deliver the revered music of the Fab Four

July 4th: Pancakes/Bands and Boat Parade

The festivities kick off on Thursday, July 4th, with various offerings open to the public. From 7:30-11 a.m., attendees can enjoy a hearty Pancake Breakfast featuring pancakes, sausage, bacon, hashbrowns, toast, coffee, orange juice and a refreshing Mimosa for $12. Throughout the day, there will be live music performances from renowned bands, including M Street, The Beat 5 and headliner Young Guns, an acclaimed international country rock band.

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Best Dinghy award went to “T/T Tomasndrus Too!” owned by Tom Mallard at a previous Old Glory Boat Parade

The Old Glory Boat Parade with Mayor Will O’Neill as Grand Marshal aboard Valor will begin at 1 p.m. with the theme, “Stars, Stripes and Sails.” A silent auction will feature various items, including sports, Hollywood, celebrity memorabilia, local and international travel experiences, limited-edition art and fashion jewelry. Food and drink prices have been adjusted to $5 for 2 tacos, $5 for 2 hot dogs, $5 for a hamburger and $5 for beer and wine. Boaters are encouraged to participate in the parade.

July 5th: Family Day and Gala

On Friday, July 5th, the celebration continues with a Family Day from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., featuring live entertainment and a variety of family-friendly activities.

In the evening, the American Legion Post 291 Gala, a black-tie event, will take place from 5-10 p.m. Invited guests, including local and state government officials, will deliver proclamations and resolutions, and a Time Capsule ceremony and a post-history presentation video will be showcased. RSVP for the Gala by calling 949.673.5070, ext. 1100.

July 6th: Food, Music and Auction

The celebration concludes on Saturday, July 6th with a day filled with live music, delicious food and a continuation of the silent auction. From 7-11 a.m., attendees can enjoy breakfast for $10, and then from 12-8 p.m., food and drink prices will be adjusted to $5 for 2 tacos, $5 for 2 hot dogs, $5 for a hamburger, and $5 for beer and wine. A silent auction will feature various items, including sports, Hollywood, celebrity memorabilia, local and international travel experiences, limited edition art and fashion jewelry.

Throughout the celebration, commemorative items such as T-shirts, cups and posters will be available for purchase, allowing attendees to take home a piece of this historic event.

For more information about American Legion Post 291 and their centennial celebration, including event details and programs, visit https://www.al291.com.


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