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Volume 7, Issue 76  |  September 23, 2022

American Legion Yacht Club presents July 4th Old Glory Boat Parade

The American Legion Yacht Club in Newport Beach is once again setting sail around Newport Harbor for their annual Old Glory Boat Parade on Monday, July 4 at 1 p.m. The theme this year is “America the Beautiful,” and entrants are encouraged to decorate their boats to celebrate this theme.

Leading the parade will be the ALYC club boat Valor with their Grand Marshal the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, followed by VIP boats that will be filled with active duty servicemembers and veterans.

The parade will begin at 1 p.m. off the east end of Lido Island and follow a course throughout the harbor between 1-3:30 p.m., offering everyone a chance to enjoy the parade. 

American Legion Seafari III

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Photos courtesy of ALYC

“Seafari lll” decorated in red, white and blue, is a Spirit Award winner, owned by Mark Wyland

All boaters are invited to decorate their vessels and participate in the parade. Registration is free and available online through the American Legion Yacht Club website ( where a map of the parade route, approximate viewing times and more information is also available. Participants will compete for class awards such as Best Decorated, Finest Costumes, Most Creative and the Commodore’s Award, with class winners to be announced at an Awards Banquet on Sunday, July 17 at 5:30 p.m.

“We are encouraging local boaters to join us for the parade,” said Commodore Tommy Wheeler. “It’s a lot of fun, and a very fulfilling event to see the community appreciate the effort to decorate your boat and celebrate our nation’s independence in style. For the general public, we hope you include the parade as part of your day. It’s a can’t miss opportunity to celebrate with your friends and family.” 

American Legion statue

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The Statue of Liberty adorns this patriotic boat in the Old Glory Boat Parade

Celebrating almost 70 years, the Old Glory Parade began very casually in the 1950s as the Character Boat Parade and as the years passed, the Newport Harbor Chamber of Commerce took the helm, changed the theme and built her into a grand parade. Today, hailed as one of California’s largest longest-running patriotic boat parades, this annual happening is sponsored by the American Legion Yacht Club and is free to watch from most public beaches, docks and boardwalks throughout the scenic harbor area.

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