Old Glory Boat Parade is once again setting sail on July 4th

The American Legion Yacht Club (ALYC) in Newport Beach is once again setting sail around Newport Harbor for their annual Old Glory Boat Parade on Thursday, July 4 beginning at 1 p.m. This is part of the three-day American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291 Centennial event, celebrating their 100th year anniversary.

Themed “Stars, Stripes and Sails,” entrants are encouraged to decorate their boats to celebrate this theme.

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Photo and map courtesy of ALYC

All decked out in red, white and blue for the ALYC’s Old Glory Boat Parade, “My Way” owned by Les and Marilyn Davidson was a previous Sweepstakes award winner

Leading the parade will be the ALYC boat Valor with their Grand Marshal Newport Beach Mayor Will O’Neill, followed by VIP boats that will be filled with active duty servicemembers and veterans. They are pleased to recognize Mayor O’Neill for his service to the community and his service to our county. Participation in this all-volunteer boat parade is an extension of his celebration of volunteers and community members programs for the betterment of Newport Beach and surrounding communities.

The parade will begin at 1 p.m. off the east end of Lido Isle and follow a course throughout the harbor between the hours of 1-3:30 p.m., offering everyone a chance to enjoy the parade. Viewing maps can be downloaded from ALYC website at www.alyc.com.

All boaters are invited to decorate their vessels and participate in the parade. Registration is free with additional information also at the ALYC website (www.alyc.com) including a map of the parade route and approximate viewing times. 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 16 at 5:30 p.m.

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2024 Parade Map with estimated viewing times around Newport Harbor

“We are encouraging local boaters to join us for the parade,” said Commodore David Campagna. “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.”

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 ALYC, and is free to watch from most public beaches, docks and boardwalks throughout the scenic harbor area.

Visit www.alyc.com for more information about the Old Glory Boat Parade and www.al291.com for information about the three-day Centennial Celebration.

American Legion Yacht Club is located at 215 15th St., Newport Beach. Call 949.673.5002.


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