NEWSOld Glory Boat Parade worth the waitThousands braved gridlock on the 55 Freeway and Newport Boulevard and sizzling temperatures to admire the 56th annual Old Glory Boat Parade, sponsored by the American Legion Yacht Club, on the Fourth of July. This year's theme was "Patriots of Liberty," and while some may have hoped they could be liberated from the traffic jams leading to the Balboa Peninsula it was all worth it as they admired the gussied-up Independence Day-decorated boats.
Some parade-goers, though, like Newport Beach resident Alec Lang and his buddies, were prepared as they parked the cars a couple of miles from their destination and hopped on beach cruisers the rest of the way to the Newport Beach Fun Zone.
Costa Mesa youth groups cash in on fireworks salesOnly five cities in Orange County permit residents to buy and sell their own fireworks, and Costa Mesa is one of them — meaning that the days before the Fourth of July were a bonanza for local schools and youth-related nonprofits, the only groups in the city permitted to host fireworks stands. Orange Coast College, the American Youth Soccer Organization and a number of high school booster clubs were among those setting up booths around the city.