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Fun on the Fourth is a go

Find your patriotism beyond the usual fireworks with parades, a helicopter flyover and a symphonic tribute to Elvis.

June 30, 2011|By Candice Baker
  • TRADITION: A heavily decorated tug boat follows the parade route through the Balboa Yacht Basin during a previous Old Glory Boat Parade.
TRADITION: A heavily decorated tug boat follows the parade… (FILE PHOTO, Daily…)

Your mission, should you accept it, is to plan a rocking, safe Fourth of July, whether for your family, your friends or your foxhound. Read on for options for all types of folks.

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Mission: A full day of excitement

The city of Newport Beach has co-sponsored a massive Fireworks Extravaganza with the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, 1131 Back Bay Drive, with a full day of activities from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, followed by the area's largest fireworks show at 9 p.m. Admission is $50 per car (which includes six wristbands) or $10 for walk-ins. Entertainment options include a Velcro wall, dunk tank, bungee run, cake walk, limbo contest, bounce houses and (for an additional fee) onsite water park admission. A full slate of tribute bands will take the stage from 3 to 9 p.m. Food and beverages will be sold; alcohol consumption is prohibited in all but designated bar areas. For more information, call (949) 729-DUNE or visit newportdunes.com.

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Mission: Double up on fitness and time with Fido

For physical activity with a major "awwww" factor this Fourth, participate in the first-ever Newport Peninsula Bike Parade and Community Festival. Everyone is welcome to join the parade, whether they have a bike, a scooter, a wagon, a stroller or a leashed dog. The parade will start at 9 a.m. Monday at the 38th Street Park and traverse down Balboa Boulevard to Channel Place Park, where a festival with carnival games, bounce houses, giant slides, arts and crafts, food, and more will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Call (949) 644-3151.

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Mission: Blow stuff up (responsibly)

For the first time, the city of Costa Mesa is extending its "safe and sane" fireworks discharge hours to 4 p.m. Saturday through Monday, giving folks the chance to host parties over the weekend rather than on a Monday night. "Safe and sane" sparklers and spinners also will be permitted, provided they are sold through one of the permitted outlets that sets up throughout town each July. Visit http://www.ci.costa-mesa.ca.us.

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Mission: Honor those who serve

The HMLA-367 Scarface Marine helicopter squadron Fourth of July Flyover is scheduled to appear over the beach about 7 p.m., en route from Huntington Beach to San Clemente. Stop by and cheer them on before the enjoying fireworks elsewhere.

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Mission: Old-fashioned, down-home fun

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